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Packers look to exploit parity gap with the Vikings

Monday night's game pits streaking and undefeated Green Bay against struggling Minnesota in a matchup that hardly resembles previous contests between the NFC North rivals.

November 13, 2011|By Lance Pugmire
  • Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) and Packers quarter Aaron Rodgers (12) are the best the NFL has at their positions.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) and Packers quarter Aaron Rodgers… (Andy King / Associated Press )

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are as far apart in parity as they've ever been.

Monday night at Lambeau Field, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will work to further illustrate that divide when he tries to get the defending Super Bowl champions to 9-0.

In Las Vegas sports books, Green Bay is a record two-touchdown favorite over NFC North rival Minnesota, the largest point-spread advantage ever between the teams.

It was last season when Rodgers (2,619 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and three interceptions) finally surpassed the shadow of Packers-turned-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Green Bay has won 14 consecutive games dating to Dec. 19, 2010, and has scored 115 points in three home victories.

In what could be a rainy evening, the Vikings are working rookie quarterback Christian Ponder into an offense anchored by star running back Adrian Peterson (795 yards rushing, nine touchdowns).

Ponder has used Peterson as a safety valve, connecting with him five times for 76 yards in the Vikings' most recent game, a victory over Carolina.

"You see what happens," Peterson said. "We can be productive in that area."

The Vikings played the Packers tough Oct. 23 in Minnesota, losing, 33-27.

They used the open week to address weaknesses in a pass defense that ranks 30th in the NFL.

The Packers also seek to improve their defense after nearly blowing a 21-point lead at San Diego last week before winning, 45-38.

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