Christian Ponder's first start came against the Packers back in Week Seven. While he made rookie mistakes, like the two interceptions to Charles Woodson, he showed some good things, especially on the fourth-quarter drive that brought the Vikings within six points of the defending champions.
While Ponder and the Vikings' offense, especially Adrian Peterson, should be able to take advantage of the shaky Packers defense, Aaron Rodgers will have more success against Minnesota's defense.
Rodgers is playing at such a high level right now, making throws that no one else in the league can think about making. While the Vikes' secondary should have CB Antoine Winfield, without Chris Cook, their best cover corner, they cannot match up with all the weapons the Packers can deploy.
Because it's a divisional-rivalry game, the game will be closer for longer than most think. But the strength of the Packers' offense, on the right arm of Rodgers, will be too much for Minnesota to overcome in the second half.
Packers 38, Vikings 24
Season record, 2-3