Packers Vs. Vikings: Green Bay Hangs On For 33-27 Win

Christian Ponder makes his first start for the Minnesota Vikings as they face the Green Bay Packers in NFL Week 7.

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Michael Jenkins Fantasy Recap: Christian Ponder's New Favorite Target?

The Minnesota Vikings came up just short in their upset bid against the Green Bay Packers, but they had plenty of high moments worthy of praise. Rookie QB Christian Ponder struggled at times but showed veteran savvy late as he attempted to bring team back from a 16-point deficit. He came up just short as the defense could not stop the Packers on the final drive, but it was a good learning experience.

In Christian Ponder's big moments, he focused in on a couple receivers. He targeted wide receiver Michael Jenkins and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe eight times each. Shianco brought in four passes for 45 yards, while Jenkins hauled in three passes for 111 yards. It is only one week of action, but strong performances like that will only help build Ponder's confidence.

Michael Jenkins has put together some solid numbers throughout his career, but has never been able to break through to the next level. He has struggled to maintain consistency in 2011 but will look to build on this performance in week eight when the Vikings travel to face the Carolina Panthers. At this point, Jenkins is an intriguing bye week fill-in, but otherwise it would be a fairly basic roll of the dice if you wanted to make a move for him.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Jordy Nelson Fantasy Update: Packers WR Plays Second Fiddle With 52 Receiving Yards

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was targeted by Aaron Rodgers four times on Sunday and four times Nelson came up with a catch. However, he had just 52 yards. Now that's a nice pick up for a second or third wide receiver, but when we look at Greg Jennings' 147 yards pretty much everything else pales in comparison.

Through his first five games, Nelson was averaging just four catches per contest, but he's made the most out of that production. Against the St. Louis Rams, Nelson had just two catches, but he finished with 104 yards and a 93-yard touchdown reception. He's made two other touchdown receptions, one for 50 yards and the other for 84 yards. Nelson has demonstrated repeatedly that he has big-play ability.

For more on Nelson and this game, visit our Packers blog Acme Packing Company and our Vikings blog The Daily Norseman. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.


Greg Jennings Fantasy Update: Packers WR Explodes For 147 Yards

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings continues to be the beneficiary of Aaron Rodgers' MVP-like season. He grabbed 147 yards of Rodgers' 335 passing yards, but just one of three touchdown passes. Still he averaged over 21 yards per catch, making him a deep threat all the same.

Jennings has been Aaron Rodgers' primary target in the incredibly efficient Green Bay offense. He had 35 receptions in 2011 entering Week 7, making him extremely valuable in points per reception leagues, and had also racked up 530 yards and four touchdowns. Being the best option in a deep offense reduces Jennings' value slightly — John Kuhn, of all people, caught a touchdown pass for Green Bay today — but Jennings is still well worth starting or picking up.

For more on the Packers, check out ACME Packing Company. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.


VIDEO: Christian Ponder Throws A TD To Put Vikings Within A Score

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is a rookie making his first start in the NFL against the Green Bay Packers, the defending Super Bowl Champions. Despite his two earlier interceptions, Ponder hasn't seemed phased by the Packers defense mentally and has been hitting some critical throws, including this touchdown pass that pulled the Vikings within a score, 33-27.

Ponder hit wide receiver Michael Jenkins in the endzone for a 24-yard touchdown, which also had Ponder stepping up into the pocket knowing he'd get drilled. Ponder hit the pass and took the shot, showing he wasn't phased. Ponder hit a few other key throws on third down on the drive to keep it alive. He certainly doesn't look like a rookie right now.

For more on the two teams, check out Green Bay Packers blog Acme Packing Company and Minnesota Vikings blog Daily Norseman. Follow the rest of Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Packers vs. Vikings: Experience Trumps Inexperience, Charles Woodson Picks Off Christian Ponder Twice

The wiley Green Bay Packer veteran Charles Woodsoon is starting to make life difficult for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, intercepting him twice on the day in his first start. Ponder started off looking good, going 5 for 8, for 108 yards and a touchdown but has since cooled off in the second half.

Woodson, one of the most decorated cornerbacks in professional football, has a clear advantage over Ponder in the experience department. Ponder was looking to step in after Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier decided to bench Donovan McNabb for posting a losing record in the first 6 games of the season.

Frazier understands Ponder is likely the future of the Vikings franchise and that he will have to learn to beat the Green Bay Packers if they expect to get anywhere since they both reside in the NFC North. Had McNabb been starting today, the Vikings would likely be in way worse shape than they are now. It's time for Ponder to find his sea legs.


Percy Harvin Injury: Vikings WR Questionable To Return With Injured Ribs

Percy Harvin has been nursing a sore rib all year long, but despite missing some practice this week, he was cleared to play. Unfortunately, he didn't last long, as the Vikings lost the dynamic wide receiver in the third quarter. From the team's official Twitter account:

Harvin is out of the game with a rib injury and his return is questionable.
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That's not good, especially with the Vikings trailing the visiting Green Bay Packers 30-17 late in the third quarter. The Vikings actually led for much of the first half, but Green Bay has scored 20 unanswered points to take control of the game. Adrian Peterson is doing his usual thing (15 carries, 84 yards, TD) but Christian Ponder will likely be throwing a lot in the final quarter to catch up. But with Harvin on the bench, he'll be missing one of his top options.

Harvin tallied just 15 yards on two catches before leaving. Michael Jenkins leads the Vikings with 87 yards and two catches.

For more on Minnesota, check out Vikings blog Daily Norseman. For more on Green Back, check out Packers blog Acme Packing Company.


Aaron Rodgers Fantasy: Rodgers Off To Typical Hot Start

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having a typical Aaron Rodgers day at the half. To start the game Rodgers completed his first 12 passes, his first incomplete being a dropped ball by Randall Cobb. Rodgers is currently 17 for 20 with 197 yards passing and one touchdown.

Rodgers is having an awesome season. The Packers quarterback entered Week 7 averaging 338.5 passing yards per game with 2031 total passing yards and 17 touchdowns (opposite just three interceptions). He's rushed for two touchdowns, too.

Last week, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and 200+ yards in the first half against the Rams. Had Green Bay not been blowing out St. Louis, he could have racked up more before the Packers put the offense in sleep mode.

For more on Aaron Rodgers and his matchup against Minnesota, check out our Packers blog Acme Packing Companyand our Vikings blog, the Daily Norseman. For the latest Fantasy Football news, check our blog FakeTeamsand follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter.


Packers vs. Vikings: Vikes Maintain Surprising Lead At Halftime

Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson have allowed the the Minnesota Vikings to assert themselves to a 17-13 lead over the Green Bay Packers at halftime. The Minnesota defense has been playing well enough, holding the Packers in check for the most part.

The Green Bay Packers have proven themselves to be one of the more potent offenses in the league but the Vikings are playing them close. As the defending Super Bowl champions, Green Bay understands there is a whole half of play left so they aren't going down without a fight.

The Vikings have set this game up to be a very exciting second half in Minnesota, when most predicted a blowout by the Packers given the Ponder-McNabb quarterback change. We're going to find out what Christian Ponder is really made of and how good of a coach Leslie Frazier is by the end of this one.

For more on the Green Bay Packers, visit the Acme Packing Company

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, visit Daily Norseman


VIDEO: Brian Robison Kicks T.J. Lang In The Groin

The Green Bay Packers were trailing the Minnesota Vikings 14-7, driving down the football field. The Packers drive wound up stalling out and the Packers had to kick a field goal. It was good, cutting the Vikings lead to 14-10, but after the field goal there was some extra curricular activity.

Vikings defensive end Brian Robison kicked Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang square in the groin. It was like a mixed martial arts up kick, but this is football not the UFC. Robison was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and no doubt will be fined by the league later this week. To Lang's credit, he fought the urge to retaliate and draw an off setting penalty for the Packers.

For more on the two teams, check out Green Bay Packers blog Acme Packing Company and Minnesota Vikings blog Daily Norseman. Follow the rest of Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Packers Vs. Vikings: Christian Ponder Off To Fast Start, Vikes On Top Of The Pack

One of the many quarterback changes was the replacement of Donovan McNabb for rookie first round pick Christian Ponder. Ponder is off to a great start, making the Vikings team as a whole look much better. The Vikings have a 14-7 lead over the defending Super Bowl champions, but it may not last long.

Ponder is 5 for 8, 108 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Minnesota seems to have struck the balance between passing and rushing with Adrian Peterson that they were expecting from McNabb. If this first quarter is any indication of Ponder’s future, McNabb may not be wearing purple after this season.

The one thing the Vikings have lacked besides employing a mistake free secondary, has been a consistent signal caller. If Ponder continues to develop positively, this could be the start of something great for the Vikings who find themselves in a fierce NFC North division.


Percy Harvin Status Update: Vikings WR Probable, But Worth Playing?

Here's the good news: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as probable and is expected to play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Here's the bad news: His participation in practice this week was limited, so he's not any guarantee to play his normal volume of snaps or look like the best version of himself. Here's the ugly news: The Vikings are starting a rookie quarterback against the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

If Harvin is healthy, he might not be the greatest fantasy play, unless you're really thin at wide receiver. However, the Vikings use him occasionally on end-arounds and other gadget plays, something they might do even more frequently than usual with Christian Ponder under center. If you have faith in Harvin picking up yards on runs and WR screens, he'll probably get more chances on those kinds of plays.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Packers Vs. Vikings: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

Christian Ponder makes his first start for the Minnesota Vikings as they face the Green Bay Packers in NFL Week 7


Chris Cook Arrested For Domestic Assault

The Vikings will likely be without Chris Cook on Sunday against the Packers, thinning out an already depleted secondary. Cook was arrested last night for domestic assault, according to a report.


NFL Picks And Predictions Week 7: Packers Vs. Vikings

The NFL picks and predictions for the game between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are nearly all in favor of the undefeated visiting team. There is one dissenting opinion out on the internet, however.


NFL Odds And Lines Week 7: Packers Vs. Vikings

The Green Bay Packers are considered the favorites this week in their NFC North rivalry game against the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL odds currently indicate the Packers should win by nine or more points.

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