GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 14: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers chats with (L-R) Everson Griffen #97, Jared Allen #69 and Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings during a time-out at Lambeau Field on November 14, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 45-7.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As the season begins to draw to a close the Minnesota Vikings are probably glad to be done with the Green Bay Packers. The defending Super Bowl champs dispatched Minnesota 45-7 on Monday night in a costly game that saw cornerback Antoine Winfield's season end with a broken clavicle. Now at 2-7, SB Nation's Joel Throman dropped the Vikings to No. 30 in this week's NFL Power Rankings:
Minnesota's season does not get any easier as the Oakland Raiders, who lead the AFC West Division, come to the Metrodome this week. Of Minnesota's remaining seven games only one, against the Washington Redskins, comes against a team that is totally out of the playoff hunt. That game does not happen until Christmas Eve.