Packers-Vikings matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 16, 2010 @ 6:22 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into the Week 11battle between the Packers and Vikings.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson vs. Packers LB corps

Even though Sidney Rice, who has been out all year with a hip injury, could play for the first time this season for Minnesota this Sunday, it's quite possible injuries to WRs Percy Harvin (ankle) and Bernard Berrian (groin) could lead to more emphasis by the Vikings on their Peterson-led ground game in their rematch against the Packers.

In the first game against Green Bay in Week Seven, Peterson was a thorn in the Green Bay defense's side with 28 carries for 131 yards (4.7 ypc) and a TD, in addition to two catches for 41 yards with a long of 26. Peterson could be fired up more than usual after gaining a season-low 51 yards rushing in Minnesota's loss last Sunday to the Bears. Interestingly, Chicago's defense didn't go to extra lengths to contain Peterson with an extra defender in the box. Instead, they focused on maintaining their gaps and, most importantly, doing a really solid job of tackling.

Look for Packers MLB Desmond Bishop, who has done a terrific job replacing the injured Nick Barnett and prides himself on his sure tackling ability, to follow in the footsteps of the Bears' LB corps this Sunday when going after Peterson. Fellow ILB A.J. Hawk, who has a team-leading 68 tackles (19 more than Bishop, who is the team's third-leading tackler), will also have to step up his game against Peterson, who will be operating on all cylinders with the disappointing Vikings' season slipping away.