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With Jordy Nelson expecting to play, the Packers would have all four top receivers for, essentially, first time since Sept. 30. Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Randall Cobb all appeared in the first game against the Vikings on Dec. 2, but Nelson left after injuring his hamstring on Green Bay's second drive. Cobb missed Sunday's game because of an ankle injury.
Not only did Peterson finish just 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record with 2,097 (second most in league history), but he also had a stunning seven games of 150 or more rushing yards.
And Peterson got better as the season went on — especially against the Packers. He averaged 160 rushing yards over the Vikings’ final 10 games, scoring 10 touchdowns along the way. A whopping 409 of those yards came in two December matchups with Green Bay.
No wonder Minnesota won its final four games and put itself in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season despite having the handicap of the maddeningly inconsistent Christian Ponder at quarterback.
Two players to watch are the receivers, Andre Johnson and AJ Green, and though they won’t directly matchup, the two will provide an interesting storyline. Johnson has been arguably the league’s best receiver, and was a significant part of the Texans’ 12-4 record; he finished as our highest-rated WR and notched a ridiculous 3.01 Yards per Route Run, which was No. 1 by a sizable margin in that category. And his other statistics were quite impressive as well: he caught 112 passes on the fifth-most targets in the league – not surprisingly, his 70.4% catch rate is also among the NFL’s best – and averaged 14.3 yards per catch. Given his size, he’s also deceptively effective after the catch with 5.0 yards after the catch per reception. His only fault has been not being able to get into the end zone, as he caught just four touchdowns in 16 games.
Lambeau is a notoriously hostile environment as temperatures drop, the wind picks up and the Packer faithful gets louder and louder. It's going to be around 25 degrees tonight in Green Bay, and Ponder may not be ready to play as well as he did last week at home.