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NFL Playoffs 2013 picks and predictions: Vikings vs. Packers

The majority of analysts are not convinced the Minnesota Vikings can pull off an upset victory on Saturday in Green Bay.


Set to play in the first of two NFC Wild Card games this weekend, the Minnesota Vikings will hope to slow down a dominant Green Bay passing attack led by Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Saturday night at Lambeau Field.

Though the Vikings expect to rely heavily on the nonstop legs of tailback Adrian Peterson, Minnesota will enter Saturday's game as a significant underdog according to oddsmakers. One man who agrees with the early point spread is Pete Prisco of, who believes the Vikings will be overwhelmed by Rodgers and company in a 34-23 Green Bay victory. Prisco admits that the Packers will have their hands full shutting down Peterson, but thinks that Green Bays "high-powered offense" will simply be too much.

To further the trend, not one single analyst from decided to take the Vikings to win, a group that includes Adam Schefter, Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka and Chris Carter. All four men decided to go with the home favorite, as Minnesota's lack of playoff experience likely played a significant role.

One of few to predict an upset, Joel Thorman at SB Nation is a firm believer in Peterson's ability to win Saturday's game literally all by himself. Thorman predicts the Vikings to pull out a narrow 23-20 victory, and questions whether Green Bay's defense will be able to slow down the best player on the sport's biggest stage.

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