Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: 5 Things We Learned

By Amin Arikat
January 08, 2013 12:56 pm
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Joe WebbThe Green Bay Packers knew Lambeau Field would treat them well.

And the Minnesota Vikings probably had a feeling that playing the Packers for the second time in two weeks would be tougher to win than the previous week's win in Minneapolis.

Beating a team in the NFL two weeks in a row is difficult. Beating a division team two weeks in a row is even tougher.

Beating a division team two weeks in a row without your starting quarterback being there in the second game on the road in a hostile environment, darn near impossible.

Here are five things we learned:

1. The Green Bay Packers are getting healthy again, especially on defense, and the timing could not be better for the Pack. Green Bay is feeling good about themselves, and with play-makers Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews back in action, Green Bay is looking mighty again.

2. Joe Webb is no Christian Ponder. The backup quarterback started Saturday's game in Green Bay for the Minnesota Vikings and was not nearly effective as Ponder. In fact, Webb was pretty much a non-factor for the Vikings as Minnesota's passing game suffered without Ponder at the helm running the show.

3. Don't sleep on John Kuhn. The Green Bay fullback just might surprise you during the game and end up in the end zone once, or twice, as he did Saturday against Minnesota. With all the weapons Green Bay has on offense, it is easy to forget and disregard Kuhn; which is probably exactly what the Packers are hoping for.

4. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a stud and having a historic season, which included shredding the Packers' defense twice this season when the teams met. The third time was not the charm for Peterson and the Vikes. A.P. was held to 99 yards on 22 carries; and the yards were not really game-changing or impactful as is usually the case for Peterson.

5. With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, and playing with confidence and a full complement of weapons on both offense and defense, the Green Bay Packers are as dangerous as anyone in the playoffs. With their playoff experience and want to get back to the Super Bowl, Green Bay will be a tough out this postseason.

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