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Early Look: Vikings at Packers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings suffered their worst loss of the season Sunday with a 34-6 defeat at the hands of the Colts.

Minnesota is now 7-7 and has a short week to prepare for Saturday's game in Green Bay against the Packers, who are 8-6 and coming off a 30-27 road win over Chicago.

The Vikings sit in third place in the NFC North and need to win out plus get some help* *to make the playoffs.

Here's an early look at Saturday's game:

Passing: Vikings quarterback Kyle Rudolph completed 32 of 42 passes (76.2 percent) for 291 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. His passer rating was 84.5.

Bradford has completed 336 of 439 passes for 3,245 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. His completion percentage of 71.6 leads the league, and he has a passer rating of 97.0.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 41 passes for 252 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's win over the Bears. He has 3,781 passing yards with 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Rodgers has 16 career starts against Minnesota and has thrown for 4,206 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Rushing: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to the field after missing three months because of a torn meniscus. He rushed six times for 22 yards and also lost a fumble in the red zone. Jerick McKinnon had three carries for 12 yards.

McKinnon leads the Vikings with 132 attempts for 400 yards and also has a touchdown. Nick Easton has 107 carries for 354 yards and a team-high six rushing touchdowns. Peterson has 37 carries for 72 yards.

Green Bay's Ty Montgomery had 16 carries for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Chicago.  Christine Michael had four attempts for 45 yards and a score.

Eddie Lacy is on injured reserve, and James Starks also did not play Sunday. Montgomery has 60 rushes for 390 yards (6.5 yards per attempt) and three rushing touchdowns. Rodgers has 314 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. Starks has 63 carries for 145 yards.

Receiving: Tight end Kyle Rudolph had a season-high 97 receiving yards on eight catches, while McKinnon had a team-high nine receptions for 59 yards.

Charles Johnson had five grabs for 50 yards, Cordarrelle Patterson had five catches for 49 yards, and Stefon Diggs had two receptions for 13 yards.

Diggs leads Minnesota with 80 catches for 874 yards and also has a pair of touchdowns. Rudolph has set career highs in catches (66) and yards (670) and has a team-high six touchdowns. Thielen, who left Sunday's game with a neck injury, has 56 grabs for 758 yards and three scores.

Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson had seven grabs for 124 yards, and tight end Jared Cook had six receptions for 85 yards Sunday.

Nelson leads the Packers with 82 catches for 1,037 yards and 12 touchdowns. Davante Adams has 65 grabs for 922 yards and nine scores, and Randall Cobb has 60 catches for 610 yards and four touchdowns.

Defense: Minnesota's defense had its worst performance of the season Sunday against the Colts, surrendering a season-high 411 total yards. Indianapolis had three scoring drives of at least 88 yards and ran 40 times for 161 yards and two scores.

The Vikings did not force a turnover or record a sack and allowed 21 first downs in the first half.

Minnesota ranks third in yards allowed per game (311.9) and is sixth in points allowed (18.5).

The Packers gave up 449 total yards to Chicago as the Bears passed for 362 yards. Green Bay picked off Bears quarterback Matt Barkley three times and sacked him once.

Green Bay ranks 19th in yards allowed per game (354.9) and is tied for 22nd in points allowed (24.2).

Special Teams: Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made a pair of field goals against the Colts and is now 12-for-12 on the season. Kevin McDermott averaged 48.7 yards per punt with a net average of 38.7 yards, and landed two of his three punts inside the 20-yard line. Patterson averaged 31.0 yards per kickoff return on four tries. 

Green Bay's Mason Crosby hit all three of his field goal tries, including the game-winner, and is 24 of 28 this season. The Packers have not returned a kickoff or punt for a score this season; the Vikings have three such returns. 

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Packers.

Over The Years

The Vikings and Packers have met 110 times in the regular season, which is tied for Minnesota's second-most games against one team (Chicago) in franchise history.

Minnesota is 50-58-2 against their heated rivals from the NFC North. The teams have also met twice in the playoffs, and each have a postseason win.

Last Meeting: Vikings 17, Packers 14, Sept. 18, 2016 in Minneapolis 

The Vikings opened U.S. Bank Stadium by getting a win over their biggest rival on Sunday Night Football.

Bradford made his first start for the Vikings, but Peterson was injured with a torn meniscus.

Green Bay took an early 7-0 lead before Bradford found Rudolph for an 8-yard touchdown pass to even up the game.

Blair Walsh added a field goal just before halftime before Bradford connected with Diggs on a 25-yard touchdown pass that put Minnesota up 17-7.

The Packers scored early in the fourth quarter but were shut out the rest of the way as the Vikings moved to 2-0. Trae Waynes had a crucial interception with just under two minutes left to help seal the game.

Bradford completed 22 of 31 passes for 286 yards and a pair of scores for a passer rating of 121.2. Diggs had nine receptions for 182 yards and a score.

Peterson ran for 19 yards before his injury, and the Vikings tallied just 30 yards on the ground.

Minnesota's defensive line sacked Rodgers five times as Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, Tom Johnson, Brian Robison and Danielle Hunter each had a sack.

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