The Green Bay Packers (7-8) need to win their final two games in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Of course, they need other teams to lose (namely the Washington Commanders), but their results don’t mean anything if Green Bay doesn’t win out. They will look to keep their recent winning streak going when the Minnesota Vikings (12-3) come to town. Without a doubt, this game will be much different than in Week One. For one thing, the Packers will have David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins healthy on the offensive line. The Vikings, on the other hand, will be without two of their key starters.
The Vikings Will Be Without Their Starting Center and Defensive Tackle
According to Will Ragatz of Inside the Vikings, Minnesota will be without starting center Garrett Bradbury and starting defensive tackle James Lynch. Bradbury’s injury is quite unfortunate. He has a back injury that was reaggravated two weeks ago when he was in a car accident. This means that Austin Scholttman will be the starting center for the Vikings. Per Ragatz, “He’s been adequate as a run blocker but has really struggled in pass protection, which is a concern against Green Bay defensive tackles Kenny Clark and Jarran Reed.”
James Lynch has a shoulder injury that the Vikings expect will keep him out for the team’s final two games of the season. He had one tackle when the Packers first faced the Vikings in Week One.