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By Christian West

This game is a mismatch, plain and simple.

The Vikings have a lot of issues on their team right now. They've gone to the rookie quarterback, the offensive line is coming off its worst game and is dealing with injuries, and the Bears exposed the secondary last week.

Meanwhile, the Packers are rolling on all cylinders. Aaron Rodgers is playing as well as quarterbacks can play the position, his receivers always seem like they're open and the defense got back on track last week against the lowly Rams.

I foresee the Packers seeking out and exploiting Cedric Griffin in coverage, as well as the rest of the Vikings' depleted secondary, and using Jermichael Finley to attack E.J. Henderson down the middle of the cover-2. The best chance for the Vikings on defense is for Jared Allen and Brian Robison to get pressure on Rodgers and (the tough part) bringing him down for sacks.

On offense, a rookie quarterback going up against the complex schemes of Dom Capers and the Packers' defense does not sound like a recipe for success. With backup C Joe Berger likely to get the start for the injured John Sullivan, look for NT B.J. Raji to dominate in the middle and stuff Adrian Peterson. Christian Ponder, in 3rd-and-long situations, against the exotic blitzes and unorthodox fronts of the Packers, will not do well.

It will be a long day in the dome for the Vikings.

Packers 34, Vikings 13

Season record: 1-2

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