Vikings-Packers matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Nov. 09, 2011 @ 2:21 p.m.
Posted By Christian West

Here's a key matchup to watch in Monday night's Vikings-Packers game.

Vikings safeties vs. Packers deep passing game

The Packers' offense has been exceptionally dynamic this season, especially the passing game. Aaron Rodgers and his plethora of weapons are able to work every area of the field; short, intermediate and deep. Usually, they are able to lull the defense to sleep by taking seven-yard throws early and often before surprising the defense and hitting a 50-yard bomb.

Green Bay followed that formula in the first meeting between these two teams, back in Week Seven. In the first half, the longest pass play was a 26-yard completion to WR Greg Jennings early in the first quarter. On Green Bay's second play of the third quarter however, Rodgers and Jennings connected on a 79-yard touchdown, when Jennings was so wide open, he jogged the last 25 yards to the endzone.

Jennings got that open because of a lack of discipline from safety Husain Abdullah, who had deep responsibility but chose to bite on a route closer to the first-down marker and let Jennings run free.

It's that kind of play that the Vikings' safeties must avoid making. They must keep all of the Packers' receivers in front of them and do a better job of making plays on the ball in the air, something that Abdullah and S Jamarca Sanford have struggled with all season.

If they continue their struggles against the Packers' deep ball, they'll be in for a long night against the highly accurate Rodgers.