EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings are one of the eight NFL teams this season who've already experienced the excellence of Aaron Rodgers.
They're on the verge of a second showing.
The Vikings play at Green Bay next Monday night, and the Packers haven't broken stride. They're still unbeaten, riding a passing attack rivaling any of the best in league history. Minnesota's secondary remains unsettled, hardly an ideal scenario for facing Rodgers and his golden right arm.
``We definitely have a tough challenge ahead,'' said cornerback
Though Rodgers threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's 33-27 victory at Minnesota on Oct. 23, connecting on 80 percent of his passes with drops and spikes responsible for some of the incompletions, the Vikings' beleaguered defensive backs actually held their own considering the mismatches that existed. Winfield was watching on the sideline and
This week, Winfield is back, giving the group a much-needed lift.
``The coaches know what I can do,'' Allen said, adding: ``It was good to go out there and play against somebody like that.''
Frazier indicated the Vikings are still considering signing another cornerback, but for now this is what they've got. Cook remained on the roster this week, but facing a felony domestic assault charge, he's unlikely to be available the rest of the season.
That puts the onus for improvement squarely on cornerback
Griffin has declined to discuss his recovery this season, speaking only in sugar-coated generalities. Allen was assigned to Smith, not Griffin, one sign of where he's at. But Frazier said Monday that Griffin, at this point, remains the starter.
``They wouldn't put him out there if they didn't feel like he was ready to play. He's out there, so he has everybody's confidence,'' Allen insisted.
Winfield will be asked to do a lot as well, as usual. He said returning to the field will be ``like riding a bike.'' The team's surest tackler, who has long been pound-for-pound one of the toughest players in the league, said he's not concerned about being skittish when the ball comes his way.
``I love contact. I love to hit and put my head in there, and then with the neck injury it made it that much harder,'' Winfield said. ``So I took the time I needed, I feel great, body feels great, so I'm ready to go.''
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