Wayne Larrivee's Packers-Vikings Scouting Report I: Inside the series

 

The series:

All-time, the Packers lead the regular season 59-50-2; the teams are 1-1 in post-season. The Packers lead the series in games played in Minneapolis or Bloomington, 28 wins to 27 losses.

The Packers and Vikings have split the season series both of the past two years. Green Bay has won five of the last seven at Minnesota.

Of the past 29 regular-season meetings between the teams, 20 of those games have been decided by seven points or less.

With Aaron Rodgers at the helm the Packers are 12-6 winning 11 of the last 14 contests

About the Vikings:

Minnesota (3-2) is coming in on a short week following a 20-17 victory at Chicago Monday night.  It was just the 2nd win for the Vikings in Chicago in the last nine years.

The Vikings opened with an impressive victory on opening weekend over the New Orleans Saints 29-19, lost at Pittsburgh 26-9, returned home to beat Tampa Bay 34-17 in their biggest win of the season, then dropped a 14-7 game to the Lions before the win in Chicago.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is in his 19th season as an NFL coach. He took over for Norv Turner who resigned midway through last year for the final 9 games. 

Pat served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12. His uncle Fritz coordinated the defense for the Packers in the 90's including a win in Super Bowl XXXI.

About the Packers:

Green Bay (4-1) is coming off a dramatic 35-31 victory at Dallas. 

During their three game winning streak, the Packers have led the NFL in turnover differential (+6) and passer rating (118.3); they are 3rd in point differential +28.

Note: Since the start of last season, Aaron Rodgers is 6-1 against the NFC North with 20 touchdowns and 1 interception. His only loss and only interception came against the Vikings (Week 2, 2016). 

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