Packers fans will use their hands and voices to make Lambeau Field an inhospitable place for the Vikings on Sunday as the 2 teams renew for the 2nd time this season their division rivalry. The crowd was very much a factor in Week 4’s Vikings victory over Green Bay, and the Vikings realize that this week the tables will be turned in Green Bay’s favor.
“It’s a hostile environment,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “It’s akin to going to [Pittsburgh]. It’s noisy. You do the best you can to make them sit on their hands.”
The best way for the Vikings to quiet down the Lambeau faithful will be to establish the run and balance that out with an efficient passing game.
“If you do well, you have a tendency to calm it down,” Childress said. “When you don’t (do well), business picks up. As I always say, no one is coming out of the stands. It’s won’t be like the Colosseum; it won’t be interactive, aside from the noise.”
Even if the Vikings get off to a good start, don’t expect the crowd to go away easily. As beloved as QB Brett Favre was while wearing green and gold, he’s just as reviled now by many Packers fans now that he’s wearing purple and gold.
Sunday’s game represents the 98th meeting between Minnesota and Green Bay, tied for the most times the Vikings have faced an opponent. The all-time series is almost a wash, with Green Bay holding a 49-47-1 edge, but the Vikings have won the last 2 games and have narrowly outscored the Packers 568-564 over the past 24 games.
All of that deep-rooted history, along with Favre’s return to Lambeau, make for a game that is highly-anticipated and will elicit extreme emotion from the fans in attendance.
“It’ll be a great arena for football,” Childress said of Lambeau Field. “And it’s a natural rivalry as it stands. I don’t think there’s a lot of gas that’s got to be thrown on that fire. And then all the circumstances…much like before the first game (at Minnesota).”
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