Shortly after the Green Bay Packers’ season-opening victory over the Chicago Bears, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t contain himself.
Boasting a broad, self-assured smile, Rodgers proclaimed to a national television audience that “We got a defense.’’ It would be a comment he repeated later in the same interview.
Perhaps someone should have told Rodgers to R-E-L-A-X.
Yes, Rodgers, like everyone else affiliated with Packers Nation, had to be duly impressed with the Packers’ defense against the Bears as they staged a thoroughly dominating performance.
But let’s be real: It was fashioned against the Bears.
Today, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Rodgers will get a much better idea of just how good the team’s revamped defense is in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings’ offense is infinitely better than the Bears. To wit:
- Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins is a better QB than Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky.
- The Vikings primary wide receivers — Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Chad Beebe – are better than the Bears’ trio of Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller.
- Kyle Rudolph is a significantly better tight end than the one the Packers faced against Chicago: Adam Shaheen.
- Lastly, Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook is vastly superior to any running back on the Bears’ roster i.e. Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery, Mike Davis.
The Falcons, a decent team, rudely discovered how potent the Vikings can be, especially with a healthy Cook, in getting annihilated by the Vikings last week 28-12.
While Rodgers might be correct in believing the Packers’ defense is the real deal, we’re going to get a more accurate barometer today against the Vikings.
Prediction: Vikings 20, Packers 17.