Packers are somewhere in between

  • Article by: CHRIS MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 4:34 AM

Green Bay is not the surprise champion of two years ago nor the juggernaut of last year, but it's peaking.

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callmestupidDec. 29, 12 5:42 AM

I'm sure the REFs will help the Packers win this one. Then next year they will have an easier schedule than the Vikings. ever since Holmgren complained about the Vikes getting "easier schedules" they have been getting shafted. Can't have the golden team of the NFL getting mad so let's grandfather in some more crap and give the Vikes tougher schedules

bolock54Dec. 29, 12 8:49 AM

Can't see it being much of a game....the Packers are too talented....Vikings need a passing game so bad it stinks....I'm guessing Packers 35, Vikings 17 (at best)..... sorry......

snoebirdDec. 29, 1210:49 AM

Quick history lesson: In the last game of the 1992 regular season, the Vikings whipped the Packers 27-7 at the Metrodome to cap Dennis Green's and Mike Holmgren's first seasons as head coaches. Since then, the Packers have won all but two regular-season finales. They lost at Detroit 30-20 in 1993 (then beat the Lions the next week in the playoffs), and they lost to the New York Jets 42-17 in 2002. Since 2002, the Packers have won nine straight regular-season finales, the longest active streak in the NFL.

duckofdeathDec. 29, 1210:57 AM

Additionally, the only judgement calls the schedulemakers can make that might be considered unfair are timing of the games. Making a team play an away game on a Sunday or Monday night and then making them travel away for the next game on a Thursday game the next week is one way teams can be put at a disadvantage. That is a rarity, and usually only happens to the top draws in the league. This has hit the Packers a few times. It doesn't usually affect the Vikings, though, because lately they don't get the big nationally televised games.

dmcnevinDec. 29, 1212:13 PM

Long term team statistics are meaningless beyond the 5 year mark. Free agency and coaching changes don't allow for any accurate and meaningful trending. Anything you see as a trend, especially with wholesale coaching staff turnovers, is simply a statistical anamoly. The same Packers team that has won all their finales since 2002 can just as easily lose the next 10 and all it would result in is the balancing of odds and chance. They're nothing superior about the Packers except the amount of talent they are able to field in a successful year and if they're lucky enough to remain injury free. Just like every other team.

vkchokepart4Dec. 29, 1212:21 PM

crying over the refs yup the nfl luvs the pack so much they screwed them out of a win this yr and possible number one seed you vinegar nozzle

FritzDerKatDec. 29, 1212:50 PM

Crying over the refs BEFORE a game is played is a new low, even for Viking fans who hate the Packers.

pritch1271Dec. 29, 12 3:58 PM

"Then next year they will have an easier schedule than the Vikings. ever since Holmgren complained about the Vikes getting "easier schedules" they have been getting shafted." Ridiculous. The schedules are generated on previous season's performance + division. That is, 6 divisional games - home and away; 4 games versus a common NFC division (this year, it was the West); 4 games versus a common AFC division (South this year); and two games against teams from the remaining two NFC divisions corresponding with last season's place (Vikings took 4th last year, so this year they played last year's 4th place teams from the East, Washington and South, Tampa). But I guess it's never too early to start making weak excuses.

snoebirdDec. 29, 12 5:18 PM

Long term team statistics are meaningless beyond the 5 year mark. Free agency and coaching changes don't allow for any accurate and meaningful trending. -------------------------------------------------------------- You obviously can't comprehend a football team that prides itself on continuity, such as only two starting QBs in the past 20 years, a general manager, Ted Thompson, who learned the trade from Ron Wolf and who shuns free agency to produce the most homegrown team in the NFL. What's been passed on through generations is the importance of closing the deal -- finishing games and seasons successfully. That concept pretty much separates the Packers from the Vikings.

just1oldgoatDec. 29, 12 5:51 PM

snoebird wrote: "a football team that prides itself on continuity". Metropolitan Stadium was built in 1956; Lambeau Field was built in 1957. Since then, in 1982 the Vikings built the HumptyDump and moved indoors; now they want $956M tax-dollars so they can build ANOTHER indoor arena-league team home. (It's worked out real well for the Twins and Gophers). Meanwhile, the Packers are still playing on that same Lambeau Field (with a few up-grades to the stadium, 7 World Championships and and 4 Super Bowl Trophies in their Hall of Fame).


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