The Green Bay Packers can clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs by defeating the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. The game has been moved to 3:25 p.m. from the original noon start, and will be broadcast locally on FOX 6.
A team that has won nine of its last 10 games is expected to welcome back wide receiver Jordy Nelson from a hamstring injury, but now fellow receiver Randall Cobb did not practice Wednesday or Thursday after injuring his ankle last week. Charles Woodson also has been ruled out, though he is expected back for the playoffs.
Despite season-long injury issues, however, the Packers have succeeded thanks to the emergence of players such as James Jones, Mike Neal and Casey Hayward. And the running game has seen a boost in recent weeks as Ryan Grant has returned and looked solid.
The Vikings (9-6) have absolutely no question in the running game, as Adrian Peterson needs 208 yards to break the NFL single-season rushing record, held by Eric Dickerson. More than individual accomplishments, though, the Vikings are focused on qualifying for the playoffs. They are the No. 6 seed as of today and remain in with a win, but a loss requires a Chicago loss and a loss or tie by New York and Dallas.