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The Packers have dominated the entire NFC North division over the last decade as is indicated by their individual records against each team. The Minnesota Vikings look to be employing two starting quarterbacks this week alone - and a third might be on the way. The Pack got off to a slow start to the season, going just 1-1, with their star quarterback and two-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers looking uncharacteristically rusty in those first few games. Remember Week 2 a year ago, when Sam Bradford looked like the MVP of the 2016 season? He was benched before halftime after aggravating a left knee injury. A lot time he's just playing with you as far as where he can go.

"I'm always expecting that".

Rodgers was 19 of 29 passing for 221 yards and three touchdowns and set up the winning score with his big scramble. "I've gotten more comfortable every week".

"Based on what we've seen in practice, I think he can" play, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said Thursday night.

In an unsung moment of the game, Dallas's defense got a key stop and got the ball back with a remaining 24-22 lead. Prior to their last meeting late in 2016, the teams had played to the under in four consecutive encounters, with only one of those games featuring more than 33 combined points between the clubs. He is the riddle that no divisional opponent has been able to solve, but if the Vikings are going to squeak out a victory at home on a short week they will need to find a way to keep him from carving them up. Montgomery was a full participant in practice Wednesday, though that doesn't guarantee he'll be ready Sunday. They have a decent shot at winning the race to 10 points, which pays +110 on Sports Interaction; a Minnesota TD as the first scoring play comes in at +240. But they all had things they did well to begin with and they also had things they needed to work on.

While the Packers thrive after struggling, the Vikings tend to suffer a post-victory letdown; they've failed to cover in any of their last five games following a straight-up win.

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But, as has often been the case during his career, Rodgers has silenced the naysayers with his performance over the last three games.

While Montgomery gives the Packers an elite pass catcher out of the backfield, they don't possess much of a run game. Sure, his interception had ROOKIE written all over it, but he kept his mistakes to a minimum, and that's mostly what you want, especially against a tough defense like the Vikings have.

Keenum admitted that in the offseason when he was weighing his free agent options the knowledge that he wouldn't have to face Zimmer's defense was one of the reasons he signed with the Vikings.

Little has changed, in that the Vikings know that beating the Packers is the measuring stick for determining if they are a playoff-caliber team.

"He's just a very smart coach and has his guys well prepared", Rodgers said.

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