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From China Cameron Smith Jersey , with this Green Bay-Minnesota game predictably carrying plenty of weight toward the race for the NFC playoffs.The twist, though, is the Packers and Vikings are stuck in the thick of the wild-card mix. The Bears, having beaten the Vikings last week, are the team with a healthy lead in the NFC North, which has been won only by Green Bay (five) or Minnesota (two) since Chicago’s last division title in 2010.“I definitely didn’t expect to be sitting where we’re sitting, but our record is what it is,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Obviously, Minnesota has a strong team. They’re probably surprised where they’re sitting as well. So I don’t think either of us is out of the division race.”Both the Packers (4-5-1) and Vikings (5-4-1) have one more game remaining against the Bears (8-3), but they’re each lugging that 29-all tie in Green Bay on Sept. 16 down the stretch like a back tire that’s low on air.“Maybe it will help us, and maybe it’ll hurt us, too,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “I don’t really know.”The Packers will play three of their final five games at home, which is helpful because they’ve yet to win on the road this year. They’ll have a more-mobile Rodgers than in their last matchup with the Vikings Long Sleeve Cameron Smith Jersey , when he was grinding through a knee injury.“He looks like his old self, unfortunately,” Zimmer said.If the Vikings beat the Packers at home for the third straight time, they’ll at least own a tiebreaker over their biggest rival. They’d still be 1½ games behind the Bears, though, with a difficult stretch of the schedule ahead.“We’ll definitely have to play four quarters,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, “and maybe more than that.”Here are some other key angles to follow with the game:NOT-SO-PRIME TIMEThe Vikings are playing in the NFL’s premier Sunday night slot for the second straight week, triggering a magnification of their struggles with the bright lights on this season. They’ve lost all three of their night games, in Los Angeles to the Rams on Sept. 27, at home against the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 28. and at Chicago last week. The Rams, Saints and Bears boast the top three records in the NFC, a combined 28-5.“I guess we’re just playing good teams,” Zimmer said. “That might be the real factor.”Cousins has a 4-12 career record as a starter when kickoff is in the evening Stefon Diggs Jersey , though he has a 68 percent completion rate with 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and an average of 305 passing yards in those 16 games.“It gets a little bit convoluted when you try to look at a stat and pair it with a player,” Cousins said. “It becomes maybe a bigger, more complicated picture than just a win-loss record and trying to judge performance.”THIRD DOWNERSThe Packers are 19th in the NFL with a 38 percent conversion rate on third down. They’re up against a Vikings defense that leads the league on third downs, allowing the chains to move only 28 percent of the time.One problem for the Packers has been the absence of wide receiver Randall Cobb, long one of Rodgers’ most reliable options. He has missed half of Green Bay’s games with a hamstring injury, including the last two contests, but he could return to action Sunday.SACKMASTER FACKRELLOutside linebacker Nick Perry missed Green Bay’s last game at Seattle, but third-year backup Kyler Fackrell made his absence moot with three sacks, his second such performance this season. Fackrell has eight sacks this year, more than starters Perry and Clay Matthews combined.“The more you play, the more you get comfortable with it, the less encumbered you are with the thinking part,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said.JONESING FOR THE BALLPackers running back Aaron Jones didn’t play against the Vikings earlier this season because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Jones has 342 rushing yards and four touchdowns over the last four games, plus 12 receptions for 100 yards and a score. He’s the league leader in yards per rush with an average of 6.4.HELP FROM HARRISVikings safety Andrew Sendejo will miss his sixth straight game because of a groin injury Harrison Smith Jersey , but Anthony Harris has capably filled in as the starter in the previous two games. He had two interceptions against the Bears.“I’m just coming in each day preparing like I’m going to be out there every snap and just trying to take advantage of any opportunities given,” Harris said. “So each year, I’ve just been trying to take strides in getting better and increase my role and help this team win.”Harris signed with the Vikings in 2015 as undrafted rookie out of Virginia. Zimmer praised his progress with becoming more of a physical player as well as gaining a better understanding of the system.“I just think confidence,” Zimmer said. “You know, he sees things and reacts. He’s a good visual player, I think. He’s very smart.”Vikings at Titans Preseason 2018: Key Information and First Half Open Thread It’s almost time to get the final preseason game of 2018 underway, as the Minnesota Vikings have made their way to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans.As was the case with the last preseason game, yours truly is not going to be able to see the game live as I’m too far out of the markets for it (and, literally, every NFL team is playing tonight, so none of the local channels are going to show it out here). I will, however, be listening to it on the SiriusXM Online app, and hey. . .this gives me an opportunity to watch the Minnesota Golden Gophers play their season opener Adam Thielen Jersey , which is nice.So, this Open Thread will (hopefully) be filled with folks that will actually be watching tonight’s contest and can provide some insight on the final audition that many of these players will have before final roster cuts on Saturday. Here is all of the information you need to know:Time: Thursday, 30 August, 7:00 PM Central timeLocation: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TennesseeTelevision coverage: KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities, and a mess of other local stations that you can find right here.Radio coverage: KFAN-FM 100.3 (along with other fine Vikings Radio Network affiliates), Sirius Channel 121, XM Channel 228 (Both Sirius and XM broadcasts will be the Titans feed), SiriusXM Online App Channel 819Line: You know what? No. I’m not enabling you and your betting on postseason football. You’ve got a problem.*(* - You probably don’t actually have a problem. But, seriously, don’t bet on preseason football, and especially not on the last preseason game.)Prediction: Still don’t careThree keys1) No significant injuries - Yes, most of the players that we’re seeing tonight aren’t going to be on the team in about 48 hours. Still Kirk Cousins Jersey , we don’t want to see anyone get hurt.2) Is there a battle for QB2? - Trevor Siemian, for the most part, has looked pretty bad this preseason. Kyle Sloter, on the other hand, has not. It’s hard to fathom Sloter leapfrogging Siemian on the depth chart, but stranger things have happened. It will be interesting to see how the quarterback snaps are handled tonight.3) Defensive depth - The starters for the Vikings are pretty well set, but there could still be some interesting battles to see who will serve as the backups. That’s the case at all three levels, as the fight for spots on the defensive line, in the linebacking corps, and in the secondary are all still ongoing. This is the last chance to make an impression. . .who will take advantage?Know the Foe: Music City MiraclesTwitter: @DailyNorsemanFaceBook: www.facebook.com/TheDailyNorsemanTweets by DailyNorseman Enjoy the first half, folks! We’ll have the second half Open Thread up during halftime, so keep your eyes open for that.
 
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