The Green Bay Packers begin their playoff season against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Lambeau Field and Aaron Rodgers will be a part of it. The MVP favorite quarterback has been nursing a strained calf to his left leg. The Packers list five players on their injury report and the Cowboys list 12 players on theirs.
The Green Bay Packers have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons since winning the Super Bowl. However, they have failed to get past the divisional round and have just one win in that time frame. The Packers want to change that fortunate this weekend. The last time the Packers and Dallas Cowboys played a playoff game at Lambeau Field was the famed Ice Bowl.
A look back at the Detroit Lions’ 2014 season.
As the Dallas Cowboys head into the wild card round of the 2014 NFL playoffs against the Detroit Lions, the team seems healthy outside of a key rookie linebacker.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
The 2014 Oakland Raiders started out 0-10, but they split their last six games to finish 3-13. This was one game worse than the 2013 squad, which finished 4-12. The Silver & Black haven’t had a winning season since 2002, and they haven’t been to the playoffs since losing the Super Bowl that year. What’s next?
The Green Bay Packers do not have to play this Sunday. That is a good thing as quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to get some extra rest before the Packers begin their run toward the Super Bowl. They will host one of three teams in the Divisional Round. Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game.
The Minnesota Vikings play their last game of the season Sunday against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. The Bears are one game behind the Vikings in the NFC North Division standings and would move out of the cellar with a victory. They have lost four straight games overall and three consecutive on the road.
Teddy Bridgewater has learned on the fly since taking over as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback after Matt Cassel was injured in Week 3. Head coach Mike Zimmer is happy with the progress the rookie first round draft pick has made in his 10 starts. The Vikings are 0-5 in divisional games this season. They have one game left to get Zimmer’s first win against a division-rival. Linebacker Chad Greenway is one of eight finalists for the inaugural NFL’s Sportsmanship Award.
The Minnesota Vikings travel south to play the Miami Dolphins in their last road game of the season. The Dolphins are 7-7 and still alive for a playoff spot in the AFC. They are led on offense by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receivers Mike Wallace and Jarvis Landry. On defense, they are led by pass rushing specialist Cameron Wake.
The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
Matt Prater’s 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North.
Detroit Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer has left Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a quadriceps injury.
The Minnesota Vikings have seen their fair shares of injuries this season with four starters already on injured reserve. This week they will travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions without four more starters. Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd, Robert Blanton and Charlie Johnson all were declared out for the game. In total, the Vikings have nine players listed on the injury report. The Lions have nine players on their respective list as well.
The Vikings are in Detroit on Sunday, in a rematch against the team that gave Teddy Bridgewater his first loss as a starter. It offers a pretty good barometer for the progress he’s made this season. Bridgewater’s first game against Detroit couldn’t have gone much worse: 3-of-14 on third down, three interceptions, eight sacks.