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Packers Wire Team Predictions: Week 17 vs Vikings

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The Green Bay Packers (7-8) could be two wins away from rebounding from a 4-8 start and clinching a playoff berth. First things first: NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings are coming to Lambeau Field for a crucial renewal of the rivalry.

The Vikings scored the team’s only win by more than eight points in Week 1. Can the Packers return the favor and keep playoff hopes alive 16 weeks later?

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Here’s how the Packers Wire staff thinks their Week 17 matchup against the Vikings will play out:

Zach Kruse (7-8): Packers 27, Vikings 24

Given the Packers’ incredible midseason slump and the Vikings’ incredible good fortune throughout the season, this matchup feels much closer than a typical 12-3 vs. 7-8 matchup. The Packers are playing their best football of the season and may be starting to look a little dangerous as the Vikings continue to win close games regardless of the level of competition. Can the Packers steal the lucky horseshoe and win a close game at Lambeau Field? I think they can. Matt LaFleur’s team is best built to win outdoors, and the defense’s newfound ability to take the ball away could be a saving grace against a quality opponent with a quarterback who could lose the football. It might not always be pretty, especially if Christian Watson and Keisean Nixon don’t play, but the Packers are playing well enough in all three phases right now to steal a game, especially given the urgency demanded by the current situation.

Brandon Carwile (7-8): Packers 27, Vikings 24

The Packers had no answer for Justin Jefferson when they faced him in Week 1. However, the Green Bay secondary has changed a lot since that meeting – both in the way they play and communicate – and has actually played very well in the last three games. . With six interceptions during that span, the likes of Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas will have plenty of confidence going into this matchup and will need to take any opportunity Kirk Cousins ​​gives them to gain an advantage. That might be the difference as it was last week in Miami. Offensively, the Packers have also changed a lot. Neither David Bakhtiari nor Elgton Jenkins were available for the season opener, which led to Aaron Rodgers being sacked four times. Hopefully, both Bakhtiari and Jenkins will go this week to give Green Bay their best chance against a talented Vikings rush pass. I think the Packers will look to have a balanced offensive offense against Minnesota with a strong performance from AJ Dillon, who will have a bigger workload with Aaron Jones hampered. The Vikings have won an NFL-record 11 one-game games this season, but their luck will run out against a Green Bay team playing for their lives in the playoffs.

Paul Bretl (7-8): Packers 30, Vikings 27

As you can see from my background, trying to understand the Packers team hasn’t been easy, but they are playing their best football right now and things are going well. The offensive line will be very different this time around than it was in Week 1, which will be the catalyst for the offense’s success. A balanced mix of running and passing is a must and hopefully Christian Watson can play, having that great playing ability opens up the rest of the offense. On defense, pressuring Kirk Cousins ​​will be mandatory and there’s no stopping Justin Jefferson, so here’s hoping they can limit the big plays, and that starts with sound communication on the backend – something we didn’t see in Week 1.

Brennen Rupp (7-8): Packers 34, Vikings 27

A track meet at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Day. The Green Bay Packers are not the same team that lost to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. The offensive line has improved a lot and should have David Bakhtiari back at left tackle. Rookie wide receivers are more comfortable, and if he is capable of playing, Christian Watson has become an explosive playmaker. Coming off a week where they forced four turnovers, I expect Green Bay’s defense to force a turnover or two to turn this game in Green Bay’s favor. Give me the Packers at seven at home to keep their playoff hopes alive in the final week of the season.

Writer Prediction Punctuation Record
Zach Kruse Win 27-24 7-8
Brandon Carwile Win 27-24 7-8
Paul Bretl Win 30-27 7-8
Brennen Rupp Win 34-27 7-8