Harrison Smith, his colleagues, ready to meet the trusted rival Aaron Rodgers

Harrison Smith, his colleagues, ready to meet the trusted rival Aaron Rodgers

From her first meeting in December 2012, Vikings security Harrison Smith and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had great respect for each other and the rivalry between their two teams.

In this first meeting, Smith took control and picked up eight tackles, but Rodgers still threw for 286 yards and a result in a 23-14 win.

Last year, the Packers got a glimpse into life without Rodgers, and Smith destroyed them – combined for nine tackles, three interceptions and 1½ sacks in two wins over Green Bay in 2017.

As is usually the case with Packers, they go like Rodgers. In its 11 matchups with the Vikings since 2012, the Packers are 5-1, with Rodgers giving a QB rating over 100; If its rating is less than 100, the packers are 2-3. These numbers include last year's just four passes before being injured and a 2012 Players Playoff victory.

Smith, who was voted NFC Defender of the Week for his performance against the 49ers, said he looks forward to playing in Green Bay every year.

"It has tradition," he said. "You can feel it when you go to this stadium and appreciate all the guys in the NFL who came before us and made it what it is today."

Smith has learned over time that playing against Rodgers means extending the times and never feeling like a game.

"It's difficult, he can take the ball anywhere he wants," he said. "You must be aware that if you think you have covered your husband, you have to cover him over and over again, he makes it difficult for us."

He added that if you dream of playing in the NFL, you want games like these. "They look forward to these big games and play in rivalry and division games, and that's one of them, and we look forward to it," he said. "Division games are big, they usually have a big impact when things shake off towards the end, we understand that."

Diggs connects with cousins

Viking wide receiver Phone Diggs He made a name for himself with the Vikings by making huge plays, and that helped him land a five-year $ 72 million contract in the postseason.

But for Diggs, there was still a big challenge this season to make sure he had a good rhythm with the newly signed quarterback Kirk cousins, But it seems that Diggs is looking for someone cousins ​​in the end zone throughout the season.

Catching three passes for 43 yards at the season opener, Cousins' Diggs & # 22; 22-yard touchdown pass was perfect for a perfect track. He also had a 1-yard TD reception in the preseason.

Diggs was asked how he wants to get to know cousins ​​as QB.

I like it, it's nothing but work, and I love the work, "he said. "As far as repetition and games are concerned, the practice is very different when we go against our DBs, we see training camp days, OTAs, against someone else."

Preparation for Rodgers, Lambeau

Defensive end Danielle Hunter Knows about Rodgers when he fired him 2 ½ times in 2016. Is he ready for him on Sunday?

"Rodgers is definitely a guy who can do plays," he said. "You have to go out and run a game plan against him, he's a scrambler.

"We just have to stick to the game plan and make sure we do everything we need to do."

Laquon Treadwell had one of his best games at home against the Packers last season when he threw all three passes thrown for 51 yards. But he is still waiting for his first catch in Green Bay.

"I'm looking forward to playing at Lambeau Field, it's a very traditional venue, they have a great following and they have a great team," Treadwell said. "They get pretty loud there, we won there last year – not to mention last year, but we're used to going and playing hard."

Gophers hot

Could this be the year when Gophers football surprises everyone and makes a big jump from last year's record?

The Gophers certainly did a good show on Saturday when they defeated Miami (Ohio) with 26: 3. Trainer P.J. Fleck was not happy with the defense, but the offense was excellent.

The Gophers and Iowa are the only teams in the Big Ten West without loss. League favorite Wisconsin lost at home to Brigham Young on Saturday, who was a 22½-point outsider. Maryland, host of the Gophers next week, also lost at home, formerly a victoryless temple.

So if the Gophers can defeat Maryland, the next game – at home against Iowa – will tell the story of the season.

Offensively, the Gophers had some real stars on Saturday. The combination of quarterback Zack Annexstad and Tyler Johnson reminds me of that Adam Weber-Eric Decker Combination that sets so many passing records.

Annexstad completed 12 of 20 passes for 142 yards with Johnson catching nine passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson has caught 20 passes for 283 yards and five TD in three games.

Annexstad's big pass of the day could have come in the second quarter when he ran back Bryce Williams for a key first on third and -17. And what day Williams had, raced 33 times for 141 yards and caught this big pass for 35 yards.

Lastly, let's not forget the efforts of Emmit carpenterwho kicked a 44-yard field goal and found the end zone on all his kickoffs.

jottings

• The Vikings' salary cap is around $ 1 million, and they are more likely to have to work miracles to sign Anthony Barr to a long-term extension.

• The Vikings' chances of winning the Super Bowl are 8-1 and are in second place with the Rams. The Patriots are 6-1. The Vikings are the favorite to win the NFC at 9-2.

• Pro Football Focus put the Vikings in third place in their power rankings and ranked 18th after their first week in the league. In the preseason they were 28 .. PFF wrote: "Pat Elflein I can not get back fast enough. … For a line that has problems elsewhere, you can not afford to add a center to the list. "PFF ranked Linval Joseph third and Sheldon Richardson Fourth, when it came to home defense lines in week 1.

• Will be a Viking rookie Mike Hughes Do you play in the slot against the Packers on Sunday? He played 30 snapshots on the outside corner in the first week Wayne was injured early.

• Viking's offensive coordinator John DeFilippo at the Packers Defense under new coordinator Mike Pettine"They have a really good scheme, a difficult system, we have to do a great job of communicating and finding out which staff are on the field."

Lindsay Whalens First home game as Gophers women's basketball coach is close to a sell-out. There are 12,427 tickets sold and they must reach 14,000. The Gophers sell discount tickets for $ 1.

• Edina offensive lineman Quinn Carroll accepted an offer from Notre Dame about the Gophers. Another offensive lineman who attracts a lot of attention is Lakeville North Bryce Benhart, who is recruited by the Gophers, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan and is number 20 among the tackles in the nation.

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