Packers' defense prepares to stop PetersonRegional Sports
-- The Green Bay Packer defense says it has all the respect in the world for Adrian Peterson. But it doesn’t mean they’ll hand him the NFL season rushing record on Sunday, when Green Bay plays at Minnesota in their regular season finale.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packer defense says it has all the respect in the world for Adrian Peterson. But it doesn’t mean they’ll hand him the NFL season rushing record on Sunday, when Green Bay plays at Minnesota in their regular season finale.
Both teams will start practicing for that contest today. Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s season mark of 21-hundred-five. And the Green Bay defenders know how possible that is, after he had 210 yards against the Pack on December second. It was a year ago when Peterson tore an ACL knee ligament, and Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews says you’d love to see a player who overcame so much go on to break the rushing record. But his team vows not to be the ones to do it.
The Packers and Vikings both have a lot to play for on Sunday. A Minnesota victory would put the Vikings into the playoffs – while a Packer victory would give Green Bay a first-round bye in the post-season.
The Vikings will be back on the practice field at Winter Park today, getting ready for their NFC North showdown against the Packers set for Sunday. The situation is simple for Minnesota if it wins the game. A win secures a playoff berth. If the Vikings tie in the game, then they need the Bears to tie or lose to the Lions to get into the playoffs. If Minnesota loses to Green Bay, then it gets a little more complicated for the Vikes to earn a postseason slot. If Minnesota loses, then it needs Dallas to tie or lose to the Redskins, the Giants to tie or lose to the Eagles, and the Bears to lose to the Lions.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says he realizes his team can be the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs, but right now his main focus is Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Green Bay already has a postseason berth locked up and can hold onto the second-seed with a win. If they remain a No. 2 seed, the Packers would get a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Sunday's game kicks off at 3:25 p.m.