Zimmer, Vikings send thriving defense at Packers

Zimmer, Vikings send thriving defense at Packers

If hints about the current health reports are true, Sunday's first meeting of the season between Minnesota (3-2) and Green Bay (4-1) at U.S. Bank Stadium looks to be a matchup between one of pro football's most prolific passers - Packers starter Aaron Rodgers - versus one of college football's legendary passers - Vikings backup Case Keenum. Green Bay's last trip to Minnesota ended in a 17-14 heartbreaker in week two of last season. It was just the 2nd win for the Vikings in Chicago in the last nine years.

"I said, 'Who's this gigantic guy out as the gunner?"' Rodgers said. "They do a heck of a job".

Asked if he thought Montgomery could play with the flak jacket as protection, running backs coach Ben Sirmans replied, "Based on what we've seen in practice, I think he can". The power running of Montgomery combined with the speed and shiftiness of the smaller Jones (5-foot-9, 208 pounds) could give coach Mike McCarthy the one-two punch he has long talked about in his backfield.

Zimmer was hired in 2014, and McCarthy won their first three head-to-head matchups.

Montgomery has practiced in full each of the last two days.

Sunday will kick off a stretch for the Packers of three NFC North contests in the next four games.

That's not to suggest that the Vikings were guilty of looking past the Bears on Monday night as they struggled to a last-second victory of their own. Green Bay answered with a 38-25 win in Week 16 past year, a victory that helped it recapture the divisional title.

Tim Hasselbeck believes that Packers RB Aaron Jones will continue to contribute in fantasy until Ty Montgomery comes back from his injury. "That's just the way we've always gone about it ... and that's why we have a process, and when those guys clear them and there's another evaluation step that you go through ... then that's how you figure out your active list". He is the riddle that no divisional opponent has been able to solve, but if the Vikings are going to squeak out a victory at home on a short week they will need to find a way to keep him from carving them up. "That's the genius of him and the innovation that he's brought to the league with that style of defense".

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