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Packers-Vikings: Three keys

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Red Zone Mistakes In the first meeting between the two teams Minnesota's Christian Ponder threw two red zone interceptions.  Then in Week 17 the Packers committed two defensive penalties on third down inside the red zone, allowing Minnesota to score a touchdown both times.  The team that makes red zone mistakes will lose.

Air Assault Aaron Rodgers will have his pick of receiving targets tonight at Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings will all be active at the same time for the first time since September.  This comes at a time when Rodgers is heating up, having thrown 10 touchdowns in the final three regular season games.

AP's Yards Per Carry Adrian Peterson will get his yards.  Indeed, with Christian Ponder ailing, the Vikings may lean even more on AP.  So look for him to get 30-35 carries and just based on sheer volume Peterson will rush for more than 100 yards.  The key will be making Peterson work for the yardage and that means keeping his yards per carry under 5.0.

Prediction Packers 27, Vikings 21

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