Vikings vs Packers: Bold Predictions for Epic Wild-Card Showdown

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Vikings' 37-34 win over the Packers in Week 17 did nothing but get me more jacked to see these two battle in the playoffs. 

This game is going to feature the showcase battle of Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers as they try to lead their teams to the next round.  

So it should be no surprise to see those two all-world players dominate the predictions below. 


Adrian Peterson Will Continue His Dominance

No one in the league had an answer for Adrian Peterson this year, and the Packers really didn't have an answer for him.

In two games against the Pack, AP rushed for a combined 409 yards.

The Packers are out of adjustments; there is no secret weapon. They've had their defense geared to stop Peterson and they've failed at every turn.  

Their best hope is that Peterson will be worn out from his epic performance last week as this game is only six days later. However, at this point, I'm not even convinced Peterson is human. 

The Packers have to be more tired of tackling him, or at least trying to, than AP is of running against them.

Look for Peterson to get around the 200-yard mark once again.  

Aaron Rodgers Will Remind Everyone He is the Best QB Alive

Aaron Rodgers has flown in the shadow of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady this year, but he could be on the verge of changing that.

He is on fire. In his last three games, the defending MVP has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Rodgers' receivers are finally getting healthy and this passing game is clicking. Last week against the Vikings, Rodgers threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns and did so on 40 attempts. 

The Packers know they can beat the Vikings through the air, and will go with another pass-heavy attack this week. Rodgers will easily pass the 300-yard mark in this one. 


Packers Win! 

Prior to the loss to the Vikings, the Packers had won nine of their last 10. This team got better as the season went on.

We just talked about Rodgers finding the zone, but that is only half the story. The Packers' defense has made nice strides.

Last week was a bit of an anomaly. Not only for them, but also for Christian Ponder. The 2011 12th overall pick threw for a season-high three touchdowns and didn't throw an interception. The first time he faced the Packers this year, he threw one touchdown and two picks.

While Peterson is going to make Ponder's job easier, the second-year QB, who chucked 12 picks this year, is going to make at least one costly mistake. The Vikings won't be able to keep up with the Packers as a result.

Packers win, 28-20.