The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are both 10-5 and their matchup this weekend will determine the winner of the NFC North. It's the Sunday Night game, with the Packer favored by three. However, it'll be the Vikings who come out victorious. Here are 3 Reasons Why The Vikings Will Upset The Packers:
3. Better Play From Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater has been far from the perfect QB this season, but he's played well the past two weeks. He torched the Bears in a win two weeks ago. He completed 17 of 20 passes for 231 yards and 4 TDs. He even added one on the ground. He also played well against the New York Giants, although the blow out nature of that game meant he didn't need to throw it often. Bridgewater is still developing as a QB, although he's proven that he can carry the Vikings to a win if Adrian Peterson has a poor game. Bridgewater's improved play bodes well for the Vikings in this game and going forward.
2. Adrian Peterson
While Bridgewater is playing better, the offense still runs through Peterson. He's the best RB in the NFL with 1,418 yards and 10 TDs this season. No one in the NFL has more rushing yards this year than Peterson and he leads the league with 308 carries. He retuned to practice Friday and he'll receive another heavy workload against the Packers. The Packers are in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards allowed, which means Peterson is primed for a big game.
1. Packers' Offensive Struggles
The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers, but the offense hasn't been as sharp this season. The passing attack ranks 26th in the NFL, behind teams like the Browns, Texans and Titans. Green Bay is just 24th in the NFL in yards per game, a shockingly low figure for the team. The running game is in the Top 10, but has been inconsistent this season. The Packers' offensive issues aren't going to go away, especially against this strong Vikings' defense. It'll be a major factor when the Packers' fall to the Vikings.