The Minnesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers for the last time at the Metrodome on Sunday night.
Here are three bold predictions for the final black and blue division collision at the dome.
1. Aaron Rodgers will have a career day against the depleted Vikings' secondary.
The Green Bay receiving corps has had more than its fair share of injuries this season with Randall Cobb out, Jermichael Finley out, and James Jones still not practicing.
That leaves a healthy Jordy Nelson and second-year player Jarrett Boykin as the healthy wide receiver options and backup tight end Andrew Quarless as the primary receiving targets for Rodgers this week. When you factor in a decimated Vikings secondary, Rodgers will still have a career day on Sunday.
The Vikings' secondary wasn't great when it was at full strength, but with the loss of safety Harrison Smith, and injuries to cornerback Chris Cook, and AJ Jefferson the Vikings secondary is currently one of the worst in the league.
With Eddie Lacy providing a solid rushing attack for the Packers, Rodgers will be able to go long against the Vikings at least five times on Sunday night, and at least three of those will be long touchdowns.
2. The Josh Freeman experiment will spur Christian Ponder to new heights.
The Vikings front office has turned the QB position into a carousel. After Week 3, Ponder announced at a press conference that he was told that he had a rib injury (wink, wink) and Matt Cassel started in London beating the Steelers.
The next week, Cassel laid an egg against the Panthers and suddenly free agent signing Josh Freeman was the starter. Freeman had a horrible performance against the Giants in Week 7, and then suddenly developed concussion like symptoms on Tuesday.
All of this has led to the return of Christian Ponder against the Pack in Week 8. Ponder is a smart guy, and he realizes that the only way that he has a shot to remain relevant, and employable in the future is to make the most of the opportunity in front of him.
Ponder has had been reined in more than any other 3rd year first round pick in recent memory. This week Ponder will let it all hang out as he fights to regain control of the Vikings' team, fans and coaches. Heck, he might even call an audible against the wishes of his coaching staff.
3. Jarrett Boykin and Adrian Peterson will blow up this week.
Jarrett Boykin is a big, physical receiver with fresh legs that has been patiently waiting for his moment to shine. He had 8 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown last week against a very solid Cleveland Browns secondary, and he will have a field day against the Vikings this week.
At 6-2 and 218 lbs Boykin will match up well if he draws CB Xavier Rhodes, and his extra year of experience and the pinpoint accuracy of Rodgers will give Boykin just what he needs to have a huge game.
Adrian Peterson has been nursing a bruised hamstring, dealing with the death of his son and dealing with a revolving door at QB the last few weeks. This week, Peterson is starting to feel healthy, and he will certainly be ready to go against the rival Packers.
If Christian Ponder can come out firing early in the game, and avoid throwing one of his patented telegraphed interceptions, AP just might finally see a loosened up defense for the first time this season. When that happens, he will rip of several long runs this week, and finally reward his fantasy owners and fans with a monster game.