The Christian Ponda Era begins
From the loud Metrodome, the Humptydump
Vegas has the Packers opening as an enormous 8 1/2 point favorite.
Even back to the early 90's when we were good>great and always favored there, we often lost to those guys. That game is always the Vikings Super Bowl.
Last year was an exception as the Vikings were on life-support, and playing to get their coach fired.
GREEN BAY HEADS TO MINNESOTA TO FACE VIKINGS
The Packers go on the road to face the division-rival Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in the 100th regular-season meeting between the teams.
Including playoffs, the Packers have won 12 straight games, which is tied for the longest winning streak in team history (1961-62).
Green Bay has won eight straight regular-season games, the second eight-game winning streak of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure (2006-07).
The Packers are off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1965 and only the seventh time in franchise history.
The six previous 6-0 starts in team history (1929-31, 1944, 1962, 1965) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
Green Bay is the seventh defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 6-0 (1986 Chicago Bears, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1998 Denver Broncos, 2000 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New England Patriots and 2007 Indianapolis Colts).
With Detroit losing their first game of the season on Sunday, Green Bay is the lone remaining undefeated team. The last time the Packers were the last remaining undefeated team was in 1965.
This will be the second straight season that Green Bay and Minnesota have squared off in the seventh week of the season. Last year, the Packers hosted the Vikings at Lambeau Field in Week 7, a 28-24 Green Bay win. That was the start of what is now an eight-game home winning streak for the Packers.
The Packers swept the season series against Minnesota last season, the first time they had done so since 2007. Under McCarthy, Green Bay has swept the season series against the Vikings on three occasions (2006, 2007, 2010).
Green Bay is off to its second 3-0 start on the road in the past 39 seasons. Both of them have come under the guidance of McCarthy, as the Packers also got off to a 3-0 start away from Lambeau Field in 2007.
Including playoffs, the Packers have won six straight road contests and eight of their last 11.
Green Bay enters Sunday’s game with 699 overall wins in franchise history. With a victory, the Packers would become only the second NFL team to record 700 overall wins (Chicago, 724).
The Packers have their bye in Week 8. Since 1994, Green Bay is 12-5 (.706) in the game heading into the bye.
SUCCESS IN THE DIVISION
Sunday’s game will mark the Packers’ second contest against an NFC North foe this season, with Green Bay already posting a win at Chicago in Week 3.
The Packers have a 22-9 (.710) regular-season record against NFC North opponents under McCarthy, a divisional record that ranks first among NFC teams over that period and tied for No. 3 in the NFL behind only San Diego (25-7, .781) and New England (25-8, .758).
That includes a 10-6 mark (.625) against NFC North teams on the road.
Green Bay posted a 4-2 record in the NFC North in 2010, the fifth straight season under McCarthy that the Packers won at least four contests in their division. The Packers and New England were the only teams in the NFL to post four-plus wins in their division each year from 2006-10.
WITH THE CALL
FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
Will the purple fans and the Vikings be fired up & inspired, a la Josh Freeman's first start in 2008 for Tampa Bay when they beat Rodgers when they were 0-7?
Rodgers looked like crap that game.
Well all this "undefeated" talk bite us in the @ss this week?