GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) to make the playoffs this season, they'll need to win at least one of their two upcoming games with the division-rival Packers (7-4). The first of those two NFC North showdowns is Sunday at Lambeau Field, with both teams' regular-season schedules concluding four weeks later in Minnesota.
"I want to go ahead and control our own destiny," Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said this week. "I don't want to have to deal with looking at different games and hoping that this team loses or this team wins."
Peterson's league-leading 1,236 rushing yards have helped give Minnesota a shot at the postseason for the first time since 2009, back when now-retired gunslinger Brett Favre was handing him the ball.
"(These games) count as double, especially with how things have panned out so far," Peterson said. "Everyone is a game ahead or a game behind, so each game is going to be very important....