Green Bay started the season 2-1, but has looked out of sorts over the last three weeks. They got whooped by the Detroit Lions at home, and then were lethargic on offense against the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos, with plenty of time between each game to prepare a solid script.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are on the opposite trajectory. They started the season 0-3, but have come roaring back. They’ve won three of their last four games, including a massive victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
With pride on the line, here are three bold predictions about what we’ll see from the Packers on Sunday.
Here are three increasingly bold predictions for the Green Bay Packers when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Week 8.
Jordan Love Throws Three Touchdowns
It’s been a rough start to the season for Jordan Love. He had a surprisingly positive start in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears that got everyone’s hopes up, but that turned out to be more about the Bears than anything else. He’s experienced a recent slide that has seen him throw more interceptions than touchdowns in the last four games.
That trend will end against the Vikings. Minnesota’s secondary is the weak spot on their defense, and Love will be able to take advantage of it. He’ll find Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Tucker Kraft in the end zone.
Packers Pick Off Kirk Cousins
The Packers’ defense ranks second-to-last in takeaways this season. They’ve been unable to pressure quarterbacks recently, giving them all the time in the world to pick apart their secondary. They’ll also be without starting safety Darnell Savage.
Those are all reasons for Green Bay not to force a turnover against the Vikings. Still, Cousins has that magic in him where he’ll give the defense a couple of opportunities to pick one off every game. Green Bay will capitalize on it, with Rasul Douglas coming up big. The turnover will come late and help set the stage for a late comeback.
Packers Pull Off the Upset
With Love throwing three touchdowns and a late interception giving Green Bay the ball in plus territory, the Packers will pull a rabbit out of their hat and walk away with an upset victory, their first win in over a month.
It will be a close game, as both teams are fighting to get back into the playoff conversation. A win puts Minnesota right back at .500. Unfortunately for them, they’ll have to wait a bit longer to get back to even, as the Packers will do just enough to win.