12/02/2012 10:28 AM
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-9.5, 46.5)
Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson vs. Packers’ depleted defense
The best way to beat the Packers is to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. Minnesota failed to follow a similar game plan versus Chicago last week, possessing the football just 22:30 and picking up only 15 first downs. A 25-3 halftime hole forced the Vikings to press on offense, leaving Christian Ponder to throw 43 passes while Peterson got just 18 carries. He’s carried the ball 21 times or more in four of the team’s six wins this season and has never run more than 18 times in each of the five losses.
Peterson should get a heavier workload in Week 13, especially with all the missing cogs on Green Bay’s stop unit. The Packers are still without LB Clay Matthews and star run stuffer, DE C.J. Wilson, is expected to sit with a bum knee. In the loss to the Giants, Green Bay gave up 147 yards on the ground (and two TDs) and allowed New York to control the ball for more than 31 minutes. Peterson, the NFL’s leading rusher (1,236 yards, seven TDs), is much more potent than the Giants’ 13th-ranked ground game.