GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - As the Green Bay Packers (7-7) get set to host the Minnesota Vikings (11-3), it’s time to get ready for kickoff with Dave Schroeder’s ‘Fast 5 Pack Facts.’
#1 Playing Spoiler: For the first time in 9 years, the Packers are playing a regular season game that does not matter. But don’t tell them not to care. The players would love to spoil Minnesota’s party. The Vikings are currently in line for a first-round bye, but could slip should the Packers win.
#2 One Streak Still Intact: The Packers will miss the playoffs, but they can still finish with a winning record for a 9th straight season. Green Bay’s last losing effort was a 6-10 mark in 2008.
#3 Stars Will Sit: Aaron Rodgers won’t play. Davante Adams is OUT with his concussion. Nick Perry is DOUBTFUL. Clay Matthews, Davon House, and Damarious Randall are all QUESTIONABLE. Those stars and starters may all sit.
#4 Getting Defensive: The Vikings rank in the top 5 league-wide in total defense, scoring defense, run defense, pass defense, 3rd-down defense, and red zone defense.
#5 The Case For Keenum: Vikings QB Case Keenum was not respected by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix before the first meeting in October. But that game, and Keenum’s play in the 2 months since, have changed the safety’s mind. Clinton-Dix says Keenum has made a name for himself in the league, exceeding expectations. Keenum ranks 8th in the NFL with a 98.9 QB rating.
Prediction: Vikings 28, Packers 6