Winning the game is of paramount importance to the Packers, but nobody on the defense wants a Dec. 2 re-Peterson.
“We’ll do our best to try and contain him,” Matthews said. “He’s a fantastic athlete. He’ll make his plays, but let’s hope he doesn’t get 200 against us again.”
Said Burnett, “You don’t want any running back to get 200 yards or even 150 against you. Of course, a win always outweighs everything, but at the same time you don’t want a guy to rush for 200 against you.”
The Vikings have won three consecutive games since that Dec. 2 loss to the Packers. But Green Bay has a five-game winning streak against Minnesota and has won nine of its last 10 overall.
A victory at the Metrodome would give the Packers a sweep of NFC North opponents for the second consecutive year.
“We’ve both got a lot to play for,” Pickett said. “It’s going to be hostile. It’s a rivalry game. We’re playing good football right now. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”