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Early Look: Vikings Back from Bye with Border Battle Up Next

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are back from their bye, and have a Border Battle up next on the schedule.

Minnesota will head to Green Bay for a Week 8 matchup at Lambeau Field, which will mark the Vikings first divisional road game in 2020. Kickoff is at noon (CT) Sunday.

The Vikings stand at 1-5 thus far, but Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said the team re-focused its mindset during a few days away.

"Yeah, I think you shake off your first six games," Thielen said of how the team approached the bye. "You just kind of push that behind us, it's over with, it's a clean slate.

"Come back to work and take it one day, one game, at a time. We can't win 10 games this week," Thielen added. "We have to make sure we're prepping, we're getting physically ready, mentally ready for a battle on Sunday. That's all we can do."

The Packers won the season opener between the teams and haven't looked back, as Green Bay is off to a 5-1 start.

The Packers had an impressive 35-20 win over the Texans in Week 7.

Look back at photos through the years featuring games between the Vikings and Packers.

Here's a look at the Vikings Week 8 matchup against the Packers, presented by Minnesota Eye Consultants, the Proud Ophthalmology Partner of the Minnesota Vikings:

Passing: Kirk Cousins will aim to reduce turnovers in the final 10 games of the 2020 season.

The Vikings quarterback was connected to 11 turnovers in the first six games of the season, including 10 interceptions, which is tied for the league lead.

Cousins compiled an 88.2 passer rating before the bye. He completed 113 of 175 passes (64.6 percent) for 1,475 yards with 11 touchdowns.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Cousins ranks third among all quarterbacks with an aggressive-throw percentage of 20.6.

Cousins is 1-3-1 in his Vikings career against the Packers.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 14-8-1 against the Vikings as a starter in regular-season games, including a 7-4-1 record against Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

Rodgers threw for 364 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 1, compiling a passer rating of 127.5, which now stands as his third-best mark of the season.

The future Hall of Famer threw for 283 yards and four scores in Sunday's win over Houston. Rodgers has thrown multiple touchdowns in five of six games in 2020.

Rodgers has now completed 137 of 208 passes (65.9 percentage) for 1,657 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has a passer rating of 113.4.

Rushing: Each team was missing its top running back in the most-recent games.

Dalvin Cook did not play in Week 6 with a groin injury, and his status for Sunday will be determined as the week goes.

Cook ranks fifth in the NFL with 489 rushing yards and is tied for the league lead with seven rushing touchdowns. Alexander Mattison has 245 rushing yards and a score.

That duo has helped Minnesota rank sixth in the league at 139.2 rushing yards per game. Green Bay is 10th at 132.2 rushing yards per game.

Packers running back Aaron Jones has 389 yards and five scores, but he did not play in Week 7 due to a calf injury.

Jamaal Williams had 77 yards and a score in Jones' place against the Texans.

Receiving: The Vikings once again have one of the top receiving duos in the league, as Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson have both performed well through six games.

Thielen is tied for the league lead with seven touchdown catches and has 415 yards on a team-high 32 receptions.

Jefferson, a first-round pick in 2020, ranks 10th in the league with 537 receiving yards. He has 28 receptions (19.2 yards per catch) with a trio of touchdowns.

Tight ends Kyle Rudolph (123 yards and a score) and Irv Smith, Jr., (133 yards) both have 10 receptions in 2020.

Packers wide receiver Davante Adams dominated against the Vikings in the season opener, hauling in 14 receptions for 156 yards and two scores. Adams has a team-high 36 catches for 449 yards and four scores.

Tight end Robert Tonyan leads Green Bay with five touchdown catches, while Jones and Allen Lazard have two apiece.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of January 4, 2021.