On Thursday night, the 2-2 Minnesota Vikings and rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater invade Lambeau Field for a date with the 2-2 Green Bay Packers in an NFC North showdown. Arguably the most competitive division in football, the North is suddenly up for grabs with all four teams playing well.
Bridgewater is a gametime decision after hurting his ankle last week. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings, despite optimism Bridgewater could play, will start Christian Ponder Thursday night.
The Vikings were on the outside of that conversation heading into this year and with star RB Adrian Peterson sitting out while his child abuse legal woes play out in the courts, it seemed like this would be a lost season for Minnesota. But Bridgewater and backup RBs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon have the Vikings playing well and there is again hope in Minnesota this season.
The Packers are among the most dynamic offenses in the league with QB Aaron Rodgers slinging it to an elite WR group led by Jordy Nelson, who leads the NFL in receiving yards (459) through four games. Green Bay has had trouble stopping anyone this season and the Vikings can potentially put up some points Thursday night after scoring 41 in a Week 4 win against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Packers scored 38 last week against the Chicago Bears, potentially setting up a high-scoring affair Thursday night, no matter who is under center for the Vikings.
How to Watch on TV
NFL Network and CBS have the game broadcast with kickoff scheduled for 8:25 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for channel information.
How to Watch Online
NFL.com has the live stream of tonight’s game. Click on http://www.nfl.com/tnf and have your cable subscription information handy to tune in on your computer.