Week 1 Preview: Packers vs. Vikings

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Green Bay Packers football is back! The Packers are the reigning NFC North champions and we’re just one win away from the Super Bowl, but in their Week 1 matchup, the Packers take on their rival, the Minnesota Vikings. 

After finishing 13-3 last season, the Packers added a few new faces to the roster, but overall remained the same. The Vikings finished behind the Packers in the standings last year, but were able to slide in as a Wild Card team, beat the New Orleans Saints, then lose in the Divisional Round to the San Francisco 49ers.

Even though the Packers didn’t have a loud offseason like in 2019, they were still able to add a new linebacker with Christian Kirksey and offensive linemen with Rick Wagner. The Packers also added a few weapons to the offense with rookie running back AJ Dillon and rookie tight end Josiah Degura.

The Vikings had a busy offseason as they shifted their roster on offense and defense. Offensively, the Vikings replaced wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell with rookie Justin Jefferson and free-agent acquisition Tajae Sharpe. 

Defensively, there’s a lot of new changes, but the most notable is the Vikings releasing Everson Griffen, trading for Yannick Ngakoue, and revamping their cornerback group. The Vikings also lost their offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Heading into the game, the Packers have listed Billy Turner and Montravius Adams as doubtful, then Raven Greene as questionable. The Vikings don’t have anyone in the injury report, but they will be without a key star on their defense, Danielle Hunter, who was placed on IR.

The Packers are hoping for a big year in 2020, but it starts in Minnesota, where quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 6-6 when visiting the Vikings. 

 

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