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Jennings Ready for Vikings-Packers Rivalry Revival


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Greg Jennings is ready for his second year on the Minnesota side of the border battle between the Vikings and Packers.

The nine-year NFL veteran was asked Tuesday by Green Bay reporters what kind of reception he'll receive Thursday night at Lambeau Field, where he spent his first seven seasons and earned two trips to the Pro Bowl.

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"I can't concern myself with that," Jennings said. "I was on that side when Brett (Favre) came back, so I understand the reaction that he got, so I don't expect anything to be any better than that. It is what it is. I'm the opposition. I'm the opponent. I want to win."

The interview occurred on the seventh anniversary of Jennings catching Favre's record-breaking 421st touchdown pass at Minnesota when they were both still Packers. Favre later joined the Vikings from 2009-10, going 2-2 in four starts against the team for which he played 16 of his 20 seasons.

The Vikings went 1-0-1 last season against the Packers, including a home loss and a 26-all tie on the road in their most recent meeting.

Jennings said he's still kept tabs on former teammates Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Nelson is entering the game with the most catches (33) and receiving yards (459) this season in the NFL, and Cobb is tied for the league lead with five receiving TDs. Jennings said he wasn't surprised by the production from either.

"I haven't watched their offense at all, but I saw a couple of games back when (Nelson) had the nine (catches) for 209 (yards) and had to shoot him a 'Way to ball out' text, but it's no surprise to me at all," Jennings said.

"(Cobb is) one of those guys that will always have a little special place in my little heart because he's like a little brother," Jennings added. "He has so much ability, so much potential and he's such a smart kid. It's hard not to root for him, but I think he's done a great job. We all want more opportunities, but what Jordy has been able to do, it's going to be hard for him to get the opportunities that he wants, but it kind of reminds me when Donald (Driver) and I were there and I was the young guy, and Donald was the older guy, the proven guy, the constant. He can piggyback off that and make a name for himself. He already has made a name for himself, but it will say a lot about their relationship, with what they're able to do together collectively because they are both unselfish guys."

Jennings, meanwhile, hit a milestone of his own this season. In Week 2, he became the 121st player in NFL history to record 500 receptions. Jennings is one of 14 current players who have reached that mark.

In Sunday's 41-28 win against Atlanta Jennings caught three passes for 72 yards. His first catch against Atlanta gained 29 yards and was the keystone of Minnesota's second possession when the Vikings went 53 yards in five plays for a TD and a 14-7 lead. He added a 14-yard catch in the third quarter, and collected another 29-yard reception early in the fourth quarter. The final reception gave the Vikings a shot in the arm after the Falcons took their first lead of the game. It moved Minnesota into Atlanta territory and helped the Vikings reclaim the lead for good.

"I think we're in a good place," Jennings said of the Vikings offense. "I think there's some things where we feel like we could do better, but I think every NFL offense or team for that matter across the league would say that, so there's always room for improvement."

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