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ByBrian Jones

This will be one of the best games of Week 2. On Sunday afternoon, the Packers will host the Vikings and both teams are coming off big wins. The Vikings might be the most complete team in the NFC North, but after what Aaron Rodgers did on Sunday night vs. the Bears, it's hard to bet against the Packers. 

So who is going to win?

John Breech of CBS Sports made Training Black Shoes Womens TR Total White Nike Crimson Free 6 1XYx4xIqv and he's not sure who's going to win. Here's a look at what Breech had to say about the game as well as his pick. 

I have no idea if Aaron Rodgers is going to play in this game, and even if he does, I have no idea if he's going to be healthy. Basically, I think what I'm trying to say here is that I have no idea who to pick. My general rule of thumb when trying to pick the winner in a Packers game is to always pick the Packers, especially when that game is being played at Lambeau Field in September.

The pick: Packers 20-17 over Vikings if Rodgers plays (Vikings win 34-13 if Rodgers is out)

Vegas feels the same way as Breech does as there is no clear-cut favorite. This all depends on the health of Rodgers who suffered a knee injury in the second quarter on Sunday night. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talked to reporters on Monday about the injury and they did not have an injury diagnosis at that time. 

“We’re still collecting all the information (about) his specific situation,” McCarthy said. “And I know Aaron wants to play and is always driven to play, but that’s all I have for right now.”Stuart Women's Weitzman Oxford Runatab Smoke Flat 88fpqwvY

McCarthy also said they did not anticipate Rodgers returning to action on Sunday night. 

“Any time a player’s injury, particularly when they bring him inside, based on the injury there’s a protocol of what they go through to see if the doctor will clear them to go back out,” McCarthy said. “That process went on throughout the second quarter (and) into halftime. Frankly, at halftime we were preparing as an offensive staff to play with DeShone (Kizer) and then shortly before we got out to the field, as we were walking to the tunnel, I had a chance to talk to Aaron and Dr. McKenzie and he was cleared to go.”

If Rodgers does play, the Packers will need to do everything they can to protect him because the Vikings defense is arguably the best in the NFL. In the team's 24-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the defense recorded three sacks, nine QB hits and four turnovers including three interceptions. Last year when the Packers faced the Vikings in Week 6, linebacker Anthony Barr tackled Rodgers which led to him breaking his collarbone and missing nine games last year. 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ injured left knee was deemed healthy enough to return for the second half of Sunday night’s dramatic victory over the Chicago Bears.

“Any time a player’s injury, particularly when they bring him inside, based on the injury there’s a protocol of what they go through to see if the doctor will clear them to go back out,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday afternoon. “That process went on throughout the second quarter (and) into halftime. Frankly, at halftime we were preparing as an offensive staff to play with DeShone (Kizer) and then shortly before we got out to the field, as we were walking to the tunnel, I had a chance to talk to Aaron and Dr. McKenzie and he was cleared to go.”

Rodgers did more than return. He put on a quarterbacking clinic in leading the Packers to a 24-23 victory. Green Bay trailed 20-0 when Rodgers returned for the second half, making this the second-biggest home comeback in franchise history. Green Bay trailed 20-3 after the third quarter, making this the largest fourth-quarter comeback in the 100-year history of the team.

Nonetheless, McCarthy wouldn’t say whether Rodgers would be cleared to play in Sunday’s showdown against Minnesota.

“We’re still collecting all the information (about) his specific situation,” McCarthy said. “And I know Aaron wants to play and is always driven to play, but that’s all I have for right now.”

Rodgers was injured with about 9 minutes to go in the in the first half by Chicago defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris, whose 294 pounds fell on Rodgers with the quarterback already on the ground. Rodgers walked off the field, was examined in the medical tent on the sideline for several minutes and carted to the locker room.

As the team returned to the field for the third quarter, Rodgers jogged onto the field and began warming up. As Chicago tacked on a field goal to extend its lead to 20-0, Rodgers grabbed his helmet.

“I don’t think anybody’s feeling great right now,” McCarthy said. “But, yeah, he’s sore. He’s walking around in a pair of shorts and tennis shoes and socks if that helps you with your story. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

NIKE Wolf Rush Rush Coral Grey Coral Women's Short Tempo During an on-the-field interview after the game, Rodgers unequivocally stated he would be ready to face the Vikings. In his postgame news conference, however, Rodgers wasn’t quite as optimistic.

“We just finished up,” Rodgers said. “We haven’t had lengthy conversations yet about it, but we’ll do some tests tomorrow. I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit. But then it tightened up there in the fourth quarter. I was walking up and down the sideline trying to keep it loose. We’ll do tests tomorrow and you’ll get a better answer Wednesday when I talk. As long as there are no major issues, then I’ll keep playing.”

The injury, which sapped Rodgers of his customary mobility, impacted the game plan and Rodgers’ performance.

“I had my call sheet in the meeting this morning,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that where you had your first 15 calls in the game and I think we got five of them called. We had a package of offense that was an 18-play package; two of those calls.”

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That mobility obviously will be an issue against the rival Vikings on Sunday. Minnesota led the NFL in scoring defense last season and intercepted San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo in a Week 1 victory.

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The opponent won’t impact the decision on Rodgers for this week, just like the deficit didn’t impact the decision on Rodgers on Sunday night. Had Chicago driven to a touchdown to open the second half, would that 24-0 deficit have led McCarthy to end Rodgers’ night?

“Probably not,” McCarthy said. “I mean, 20 (points) or 24 (points), in my opinion, what’s the difference? Lot of time left.”

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