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The Packers have won five in a row against the Vikings.

Packers-Vikings: 5 things to watch

THE BASICS

The teams: The Green Bay Packers (11-4) vs. the Minnesota Vikings (9-6).

The time: 3:25 p.m. CST Sunday.

The place: Mall of America Field at the Metrodome, Minneapolis.

The TV coverage:  FOX – WITI (Ch. 6 in Milwaukee), WMSN (Ch. 47 in Madison) and WLUK (Ch. 11 in Green Bay).

The announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth and Pam Oliver reporting from the sideline.

The coaches: Green Bay's Mike McCarthy is 79-40 (including 5-3 in the postseason) in his seventh season as the Packers' coach and as an NFL head coach. The Vikings’ Leslie Frazier is 15-22 in his third year as the Vikings’ coach and as an NFL head coach.

The series:  The Packers lead the all-time regular-season series 54-47-1 and have won the last five meetings, including a 23-14 victory at Lambeau Field on Dec. 2.

The rankings: The Packers’ 13th-ranked offense is No. 20 in rushing and No. 10 in passing. Their 10th-ranked defense is No. 14 against the run and No. 12 against the pass. The Vikings’ 23rd-ranked offense is No. 3 in rushing and No. 32 in passing. Their 16th-ranked defense is No. 13 against the run and No. 20 against the pass.

The line:  The Packers are favored by 3.5 points.

The injury report: 

PACKERS

Out –  S Charles Woodson (collarbone), RB James Starks (knee).

Doubtful –  CB Davon House (shoulder/hip).

Questionable –  WR Randall Cobb (knee/ankle).

Probable –  TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), RB Alex Green (concussion), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring), K Mason Crosby (illness), RG Josh Sitton (concussion), C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder).

VIKINGS

Questionable –  DE Brian Robison (shoulder) , CB Antoine Winfield (knee/hand).

Probable –  RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen), DE Jared Allen (shoulder/illness), P Chris Kluwe (left knee), T Phil Loadholt (knee), CB Marcus Sherels (quadriceps).

 

THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Band on the run:  It’s possible that no team in NFL history has paid more lip service to the importance of running the football than McCarthy’s Packers. Remember all that talk earlier this season that it was about quantity of runs, not quality? Well, don’t look now, but the Packers are getting quality out of their quantity, and it’s making a difference.