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Vikings-Packers game plan

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The Vikings will need a protective effort from Adrian Peterson to keep the Packers defense honest against rookie QB Christian Ponder. There's some solid analysis on the Packers vs. rookie QBs, Jared Allen vs. the Packers minus Chad Clifton, and other intriguing matchups to watch Sunday at Mall of America Field.

VIKINGS With a rookie quarterback Christian Ponder making his starting debut, the Vikings obviously need to control the clock with RB Adrian Peterson and force turnovers on defense if they're to have any chance to compete against Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated defending Super Bowl champions. That will be difficult because the Vikings have only eight takeaways while the Packers have only seven...

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