The Vikings are coming off a 2 week stretch without a loss, a win and a bye week, but they still didn’t lose in that stretch.  Meaning that their last loss was to their opponent tonight, the undefeated Green Bay Packers.  As we enter the second half of the season, I will change the way I preview games and we’ll start to take a look at what is going to happen instead of what the Vikings need to do.  Most of the time it was too obvious what they needed to do (and rarely did they do it).  Starting this week, we’ll look at the 3 things that are going to occur and the impact they will have on the game (some of these will be obvious too).

3. Adrian Peterson will have another monster game.  When you look at AP’s last two games he did big things to help his team.  Against GB he ran for 175 yards and against the Panthers he was a big part of the passing attack even getting a receiving TD (and still almost getting 100 yards on the ground).  Now I can’t say for sure if he’ll have another big running game like he did the last time against GB, but what I can/will say is that he will be a big part of the offense.  It will be in the Vikings favor to keep him involved in that underneath passing attack and let him do his work in the open field.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see All Day get one TD on the ground and another one through the air again this week.  If AP can have a monster game, it will keep the Vikings in this one to the end, but ultimately it comes down to the defense whether or not the Vikings can get the W.

2. Aaron Rodgers lights up the scoreboard.  Every week this is something that is both true and obvious.  Rodgers is playing at a Tom Brady of old like level (I watched parts of the Patriots last night and Brady still has it, but not at the level Rodgers does now).  How this boils down for the Vikings is simple.  Stop Rodgers and win.  No one this year has stopped Rodgers, and no one has really even slowed him down, and last time the Vikings only lost by 6.  It seems as though if the Vikings can slow Rodgers down they stand a good chance at winning.  Unfortunately I see Rodgers throwing for 300 yards and 3 TDs in this contest.  It doesn’t seem like it’s enough to slow down the Packers, but we’ll find out tonight.

1. The scoreboard will fill up.  Last time these two teams combine for 60 points.  I don’t see this game being any different in respect to putting up lot of points.  The Vikings put up 24 against the Panthers with the big fumble by Harvin just outside the endzone.  The Vikings are still capable of being a big strong offense, and no one doubts the Packers ability to put up points.  This does not work in Minny’s favor as they most likely can’t keep up with GB.  If this game becomes a shoot out like last time, the Vikings will surely lose again.

Here’s my prediction, much like the last time these two teams met, I pick the Packers to win, and this time I think at home they’ll win 34-21 as the Vikings are once again outmatched.  I hope to be wrong, but I wouldn’t bank on it.