Vikings prepare for new-look, inexperienced Packers' defense
EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - The Vikings are scheduled to travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers this weekend and they think they might have an advantage going into the game.
The NFL is a league where most coaches value experience over youth and when you look at the Vikings’ offense versus the Packers’ defense, the Vikings certainly have experience on their side and that could certainly be enough to carry them to victory Sunday.
When the Vikings and Packers get together, it's often anybody's game but if you're looking where Minnesota might have an advantage it's perhaps on offense where experienced receivers will square off with a young Green Bay secondary.
“[An] active group, definitely,” said Vikings’ Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs Thursday. “They got a couple new additions, some guys that were there last year but definitely active. They fly around. They get to the ball."
The Packers used their first two draft selections on defensive backs Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson and both saw plenty of action in Sunday’s win over the Bears and even though they're young, the Vikings receivers aren't taking that as a sign of weakness.
“They’ve obviously focused a lot on that area this offseason and you can see it on film,” said Vikings Wide Receiver Adam Thielen added. “They have some young guys that are playing really good football. Obviously it still early in the season but they're fast, they're physical, they're well coached."
The Packers made a change at defensive coordinator during the offseason, parting ways with Dom Capers and replacing him with Mike Pettine.
Capers served eight years as the coordinator, so the defense the Vikings will face this Sunday might need some getting used to.
“Obviously it's a new look, something we have to study more,” Tight End Kyle Rudolph said. “Usually with division opponents you kind of get familiar with them and you go back and as you're going, You're studying. You're just kind of refreshing yourself and obviously this week is not the case. We really have to dive in to what they do as a defense."
The Vikings expect a jump in their performance from week one to week two and they feel they'll be ready for the challenge come kickoff Sunday.
“Any time you're playing Aaron Rodgers and going to Green Bay, you have to play your best game to win and we know that,” said Rudolph.