The Minnesota Vikings play their first game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8 at Mall of America Field. The Vikings head to Lambeau Field four weeks later.
The two teams split their games last season with each team winning at home.
Here is a quick breakdown of the Green Bay Packers.
2012 Record: 11-5 (first in the NFC North Division)
2012 Offensive Stats: 27.1 points per game, 359.4 total yards per game, 106.4 rushing yards per game, 253.1 passing yards per game, 16 giveaways per game, 51 sacks allowed
2012 Defensive Stats: 21.0 points allowed per game, 336.8 total yards allowed per game, 118.5 rushing yards allowed per game, 218.3 passing yards allowed per game, 23 takeaways per game, 47 sacks
2013 Draft Picks: DE Datone Jones, UCLA (Round 1, Pick 26), RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama (Round 2, Pick 61), OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado (Round 4, Pick 109), G J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Round 4, Pick 122), RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (Round 4, Pick 125), DB Micah Hyde, Iowa (Round 5, Pick 159), DT Josh Boyd, Mississippi State (Round 5, Pick 167), LB Nathan Palmer, Illinois State (Round 6, Pick 193), WR Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State (Round 7, Pick 216), WR Kevin Dorsey, Maryland (Round 7, Pick 224), LB Sam Barrington, South Florida (Round 7, Pick 232)
Addition: TE Matthew Mulligan (signed from the Rams)
Departures: RB Cedric Benson (unsigned), LB Desmond Bishop (signed with the Vikings), TE Tom Crabtree (Buccaneers), RB Ryan Grant (unsigned), WR Greg Jennings (Vikings), DE Phillip Merling (Redskins), LB Erik Walden (Colts), S Charles Woodson (Raiders), LB Frank Zombo (Chiefs)
Profile: The Packers are the class of the NFC North Division. They made the playoffs in five of the last six years, including a Super Bowl championship three seasons ago and three division titles. Despite their successful seasons, the Packers still struggle to stop both the pass and run and struggle to run the ball and protect the quarterback on offense. The Packers got by on the arm and legs of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a defense that seemed to make just enough plays at the right time. The Packers spent four of the first five draft picks to upgrade its running back group and add depth on the offensive line. The defense lost some key components, even though three missed all or more than half of last season’s games. The Packers will be the favorites to win the division again in 2013, but not as strongly as it has in recent seasons.