There is a lot on the line as the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers take the field this Sunday in Week 6 of the 2010 NFL season. The Vikings are off to a terrible start this season and sit at 1-3. The Packers have lost two of their last three, including their overtime loss to the Washington Redskins last week, and sit at 3-2. As both teams look to turn their season around, how healthy their quarterbacks will be will play a huge role in both of their games.
For the Vikings, Brett Favre is dealing with an ailing right elbow and head coach Brad Childress has listed his status for their game with Dallas as a game-time decision. Favre had limited practice this week but said that he expects to start on Sunday. Favre has not looked impressive at all this season and if he goes, it remains to be seen if he will show improvement with his elbow injury. He also is looking to keep his regular-season consecutive starts streak alive which is currently at 289 games.
If he does play, look for running back Adrian Peterson to be the work horse for the Vikings. His play so far this season has shown that he can pick up more of the work to keep the Vikings from relying on their passing game. Favre said he would sit out if necessary, but Childress is still hoping he will be under center and said he will still be a game-time decision. Childress also said he looked “ok” in practice.
“Everybody is a little different,” Childress said. “I’ve seen the ball this week come out of his hand backwards. Whether that’s squeezing it or whether the ball is wet, a lot of different things can happen. You are just worried about command and control of it. Velocity won’t be an issue unless he’s changing his motion. When you are changing your motion, other things have a chance to go foul.”
Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also looking to get back after suffering a concussion last week against the Redskins. Rodgers had a full practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for their game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. After he passed cognitive and exertion tests, and was also cleared by team doctors, he was allowed to get back on the field this week. Rodgers has passed for 1,233 yards and 9 touchdowns this season and his presence will be crucial if Green Bay is to get the win. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers would be ready to go on Sunday.
“Unless there’s any type of setback between now and the game, I anticipate Aaron to play on Sunday,” McCarthy said.
It does appear that both Favre and Rodgers will be ready to go Sunday. The only one in question is Favre, but based on his past and playing with injuries, Viking fans should expect to see him on the field. Minnesota will head into their game with Dallas as 1 1/2 point favorites according to NFL sportsbooks and the OVER/UNDER is set at 44 1/2. Betting lines are currently OFF for the Packers matchup with the Dolphins.