After exceeding expectations and making it to the NFC Championship last season, the Green Bay Packers will look to win the NFC North yet again. They kick off the 2020 season with a divisional opponent, facing off against the Minnesota Vikings. On the road to start the year, the Packers are the slight underdogs and are expected to start 0-1.
While a win for Green Bay would not be at all shocking, there could be some big surprises in their Week 1 game. Here are three bold predictions for the Packers against the Vikings.
3. Marquez Valdes-Scantling Goes for Over 100 Yards
One of the biggest disappointments at wide receiver last season was speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He has hinted that he may not have been healthy during the year, so after a long offseason, now could be the time to showcase his skills. MVS also faces a young, inexperienced group of cornerbacks for the Vikings. If there's a game to burn some of them, it would be in their first actions as a pro.
2. Packers Hold Vikings to Under 100 Rushing Yards
The Packers run defense struggled last season, giving up 128.7 rushing yards per game (No. 26 in NFL). Dalvin Cook gave the Packers fits in the one game against them, running for 154 total yards. Without the deep threat of Stefon Diggs, the Vikings offense becomes less dangerous, and the Packers could commit more of their efforts to stopping the run in Week 1.
1. Aaron Jones Scores Multiple Touchdowns
Aaron Jones scored an incredible 19 touchdowns last season, and most are expecting multiple regression from him in this category. However, he could start the season off fast. He scored two touchdowns last game against the Vikings, and he has found the end zone in three straight games against them. The Minnesota defense has the most question marks it has during the Mike Zimmer era, and they could struggle to find their chemistry early in the season, opening the door for a big Week 1 performance for the Packers. On top of that, there will be no fans, which is a massive benefit to the Packers offense.
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