Two Most Recent NFL MVPs Lead Teams in Sunday Night Clash

Posted Oct 24, 2013

This week’s Vikings-Packers matchup features two of the NFL’s brightest stars who are also the League’s two most recent MVPs.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the reigning MVP, having earned the award after rushing for over 2,000 yards and leading the Vikings on a late-season run to the playoffs. That run included a 199-yard effort in the season’s final week, a win over the Packers that qualified the Vikings for the postseason.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was NFL MVP in 2011. In that season, Rodgers put together one of the finest campaigns we’ve seen from a NFL passer. He completed 68.3% of his passes for 4,643 yards and he authored a nearly impeccable touchdown-interception ratio of 45-6 while leading Green Bay to a division title.

Peterson and Rodgers have been players to watch for years now, and they are without question the players to watch on Sunday night when Rodgers and the Packers visit Mall of America Field to take on Peterson and the Vikings.


Packers Player To Watch: QB Aaron Rodgers
After vowing to improve its running game and then using two draft picks on running backs last April, Green Bay has indeed made strides when it comes to rushing the football. They ranked 20th in rushing a season ago and enter tonight’s game ranked sixth. But make no mistake, the Packers offense begins and ends with its passing game. And that passing game is led by one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL –Rodgers. The three-time Pro Bowler and one-time NFL MVP is on fire once against this season, having already thrown for 1,900 yards and 13 touchdowns in just six games. In 12 games against the Vikings, Rodgers has eight wins, a 70.6% completion rate and a clean 25-4 touchdown-interception ratio, but also keep in mind the Vikings defense has gotten after Rodgers as well with 38 sacks in those 12 games.

Vikings Player To Watch: RB Adrian Peterson
The player fans should be watching on Sunday night is the same player the Packers have been watching film of all week in an attempt to find a way to slow him down –Peterson. The 2012 NFL MVP has been the Vikings most outstanding player regularly against the Packers, racking up 1,541 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games against the border rivals. Last season was Peterson’s best campaign against Green Bay, as he ripped off 508 rushing yards, two touchdowns and 13 runs of 10-plus yards in three games. It’s important for the Vikings to get Peterson going early and often on Sunday night because it will keep the Packers high-flying offense, led by quarterback Rodgers, on the sideline.

Sunday Night Lights
The Vikings have played 31 games on Sunday nights, and a win this week in their 32nd Sunday prime time game will even the club’s record at 16-16. The Vikings have lost four consecutive Sunday night games, with their last win coming against Chicago in 2008.


Did You Know?
While playing for the Packers, current Vikings receiver Greg Jennings caught the 400th, 420th, and 421st touchdown passes of Brett Favre’s career as the future Hall of Fame quarterback chased, caught and surpassed the records previously set by Dan Marino. Also, Jennings caught the first touchdown pass of current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ career.

See You Soon
The Vikings and Packers play for the first time this season on Sunday night, but they’ll become reacquainted quite soon because the Vikings return to Lambeau Field in less than four weeks to try and win there for the first time since Brett Favre was under center. In his return to Green Bay as Vikings quarterback, Favre was 17 of 28 for 244 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, as the Vikings won 38-26.