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Vikings to Host Packers in 122nd Border Battle

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Vikings to Host Packers in 122nd Border Battle

Vikings CB Bashaud Breeland played for the Packers in 2018, starting five of the seven games he played.

Vikings CB Parry Nickerson was with Green Bay for the 2020 season but played in just one game for the Packers.

Packers defensive backs coach Jerry Gray held the same role with the Vikings from 2014-19.

Packers inside LBs coach Kirk Olivadotti’s father, Tom, was a defensive assistant for the Vikings from 1996-99.

Packers G/T Billy Turner is from Shoreview, Minnesota, and attended Mounds View High School. Turner’s father, Maurice Turner, was selected by the Vikings in the 12th round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Maurice Turner played in 23 games for the Vikings from 1984-85 before finishing the 1985 campaign with Green Bay.

Packers LB De’Vondre Campbell played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2013-15.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst’s father, John, served as the Gophers head football coach from 1985-91. Brian Gutekunst attended Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (Plymouth), where he lettered as a quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and Packers OLB Preston Smith in Washington from 2015-17

Vikings T Rashod Hill and Packers TE Marcedes Lewis with Jacksonville in 2016

Minnesota LS Andrew DePaola and Packers S Adrian Amos with the Bears in 2017

Vikings WR Dede Westbrook with Packers QB Blake Bortles (2017-18) and Packers TE Marcedes Lewis (2017) in Jacksonville

Minnesota DT Michael Pierce with Packers LB Za’Darius Smith for the Ravens from 2016-18

Vikings LB Anthony Barr and LB Eric Kendricks with Packers NT Kenny Clark at UCLA

Minnesota CB Cameron Dantzler with Packers G Elgton Jenkins at Mississippi State

Vikings LB Blake Lynch and DT James Lynch with Packers S Henry Black at Baylor from 2017-19

Vikings TE Chris Herndon (2017) and WR K.J. Osborn (2019) with Packers LB Jonathan Garvin at Miami

Minnesota C Mason Cole and S Josh Metellus with Packers LB Rashan Gary and G Jon Runyan at Michigan

Vikings RB Kene Nwangwu with Packers WR Allen Lazard and LS Steve Wirtel at Iowa State

Minnesota WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette with Packers DL Jack Heflin at Iowa

Vikings LB Troy Dye with Packers C Jake Hanson at Oregon

Minnesota T Christian Darrisaw with Packers T Yosh Nijman at Virginia Tech


Kirk Cousins: 7 games (1 with Washington, 6 with Minnesota), 3-3-1 as a starter; 145-of-218 passing, 66.5 completion percentage, 1,913 passing yards, 15 TDs, 5 INT, 107.5 passer rating

Dalvin Cook: 5 games; 82 rushes for 434 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and 6 TDs; 12 receptions for 197 yards (16.4 per catch) and 2 TDs

Adam Thielen: 14 games; 66 receptions for 904 yards (13.7 per catch) and 6 TDs; 4 rushes for 73 yards

Everson Griffen: 20 games (12 starts); 48 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 2 FF, 14 TFL, 1 pass defensed

Eric Kendricks: 12 games (12 starts); 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR, 7 TFL, 3 passes defensed

Harrison Smith: 16 games (16 starts); 100 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 7 TFL, 5 INT, 9 passes defended

(tackles are league stats)


Cousins: four career games with at least 300 passing yards, including his personal high of 425 in 2018 at Lambeau Field

Cook: career-high 30 carries for 163 yards and three scores, plus a 50-yard receiving TD at Green Bay on Nov. 1, 2020

Thielen: 12 receptions for 202 yards and 2 TDs at Green Bay on Dec. 24, 2016 and 12 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD at Green Bay on Sept. 16, 2018

Griffen: 3.0 sacks in Minnesota on Dec. 30, 2012

Kendricks: 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 TFL at Green Bay on Dec. 24, 2016

Smith: 2 INTs in a shutout win at Green Bay on Dec. 23, 2017


1. Since Minnesota’s inaugural 1961 season, the Vikings and Packers have each won 20 division titles and qualified for the playoffs 30 times.

2. The Vikings are 6-7-1 in the series under Head Coach Mike Zimmer but have gone 1-3 since Matt LaFleur’s hire in Green Bay.

3. Pro Football Hall of Famer Bud Grant recorded his first victory as head coach of the Vikings when Minnesota prevailed 10-7 against the Packers at Milwaukie County Stadium on Oct. 15, 1967.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 7 games (Nov. 2, 1975 through Oct. 22, 1978)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 6 games (Oct. 22, 1961 through Nov. 10, 1963)