(CBS) The Green Bay Packers are an up and down team that have the talent to win it all, but they aren’t showing solidarity and unity so far this season. The Minnesota Vikings are a young team with a rookie quarterback that has now shown what he can do, and could cause problems for opposing defenses. This is not going to be a mismatch at all, and those that tune into “Thursday Night Football” on CBS are in for one heck of a game.
CBS Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein took some time to speak with me about this week’s game and the outlook for both teams this season. Beuerlein had 17 seasons in the league and played six different teams so he knows how to win and what it takes for teams to succeed.
They’ve never had to prepare that quickly for a game in their life. They’re still learning their offense. They’re still learning how to play at the pro level. To have only three days to get ready for a game is overwhelming. Ask Kirk Cousins last week. He had a great game the Sunday before and looked like he had no idea what was going on come Thursday.”
Green Bay has been up and down through four games, what’s something they need to do in order to get back to old form?
Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon came out of nowhere with a huge game against the Falcons. Do you think that kind of success will be possible against the Packers’ defense?
The NFC North is a very tight division with the Lions having a one game lead on the Packers, Vikings, and Bears. How do you see the division playing out this season?
Green Bay, they’re the team I feel more comfortable hanging my hat on. I think the upside for Detroit is much greater, but Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, it’s hard to put anybody ahead of them.”
Green Bay has won seven of the last eight games against the Vikings. Is there any one thing about this Minnesota team that you feel puts them ahead all of the losing teams from the last few years?
Who is the key player to a Packers’ victory?
Any prediction for Thursday night’s game?
SB: “Actually, yes I do. I think it’s going to be Green Bay in a rout. I think they are going to win very handily. Lambeau Field…Thursday night…short week…Packers getting their confidence up. I think that’s a recipe for disaster for Minnesota.”