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NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

MINNESOTA (10-6) At GREEN BAY (11-5)

Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Packers by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD -Minnesota 9-7; Green Bay 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 54-49-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 6; Vikings No. 10

LAST MEETING -Vikings beat Packers 37-34, Dec. 30

LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Packers 37-34

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (2), PASS (31)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (24)

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (9)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - First wild-card rematch of regular-season finale since 2009, when three of four wild cards, including Green Bay's loss to Arizona, were do-overs. ... Packers are 1-1 when facing same team in last week of regular-season and following week in playoffs. They beat Lions in 1993 after losing regular-season finale, and lost to Arizona after winning in last week of regular season in `09. ... NFC North rival Packers and Vikings have met once in postseason, a 31-17 Minnesota victory at Lambeau Field in 2004 NFC wild card. ... Including that loss to Vikings, Packers have dropped four of last six postseason games at home. ... Minnesota's victory in regular-season finale snapped five-game losing streak to Green Bay. After losing in Green Bay on Dec. 2, Minnesota won its last four. ... Packers are NFC North champions and No. 3 seed in conference, while Minnesota is sixth seed, securing wild-card spot with victory over Green Bay in Minneapolis last weekend. ... Sixteen of last 21 regular-season games between these NFC North rivals have been decided by seven points or less. ... Packers WR Donald Driver and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams, DB Antoine Winfield and C Cullen Loeffler are only players left from 2004 wild-card meeting. ... Packers are 4-1 against division opponents in playoffs. ... Packers were 7-1 at Lambeau Field this season, while Vikings were 3-5 on road. ... Vikings are 6-15 in road playoff games. ... Vikings have not played a ``cold-weather'' game outdoors since Dec. 28, 2010, when the temperature was 32 degrees for 24-14 victory over Eagles. Since 2000, Minnesota is 2-6 outdoors when it's 32 or below. Forecast for Saturday night calls for temperatures in mid-teens, with wind chill around zero. ... Adrian Peterson finished with 2,097 yards rushing, 8 shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL record. ... Peterson has rushed for more yards against Packers (1,442) than any opponent. ... After throwing 12 interceptions in first 13 games, Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has gone last three without a pick. ... Packers have made playoffs in each of last four seasons and in five of last six, most by any NFC team. ... Aaron Rodgers has thrown 24 TDs and four INTs in 10 career starts vs. Vikings. ... With Jordy Nelson expecting to play, Packers would have all four top receivers for, essentially, first time since Sept. 30. Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Randall Cobb all appeared in Dec. 2 game against Vikings, but Nelson left after injuring hamstring on Green Bay's second drive. ... Rodgers has NFL-best 105.5 quarterback rating in postseason. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has more sacks of Rodgers than any other quarterback. Of his career 117 sacks, 15 1/2 are of Rodgers, including his single-game high of 4 1/2 on Oct. 5, 2009. ... Vikings have sacked Rodgers seven times in their first two meetings this year, including career-high three by DE Everson Griffen last Sunday. ... Jones first Packer to lead NFL in TD receptions (14) since Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994. ... Green Bay's 16 giveaways tied for second lowest in NFL. ... Packers DB Charles Woodson will play for first time since breaking right collarbone Oct. 21. ... Peterson's 34 carries against Green Bay in regular-season finale were most in NFL this year. ...... Packers RB DuJuan Harris had his best game since being elevated from practice squad in season finale against Vikings, rushing for 70 yards on 14 carries.

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Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

The Capitals had a special guest during their morning skate on Friday.

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, got to pay his father a visit at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex.

Ovechkin carried his one-year-old around the ice and even put him down on the ice to practice his skills. Sergei had a mini stick of his own, almost like he was ready to play if needed.

No word yet on whether Sergei plans on declaring for the upcoming NHL draft, but the kid has already got some skills--and not to mention pretty good genes.

If you were having a bad day, this moment between Ovechkin and his son will certainly cheer you up!

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Another NFL analyst says Redskins should not trade No. 2 pick unless a team blows their doors off

Another NFL analyst says Redskins should not trade No. 2 pick unless a team blows their doors off

Thus far during the 2020 offseason, several NFL experts have debated whether the Redskins should keep or trade the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Some believe that Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young is a generational talent and the opportunity to select him is a no brainer. Others, like Peter King and Chris Simms, think the Redskins could significantly alter the trajectory of the franchise by trading the pick and acquiring assets.

Add NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah to those who think the Redskins should keep the pick and take Young, unless they get an offer they simply cannot refuse in return.

The analyst was asked during a pre-Scouting Combine conference call on Friday whether it would be a mistake for the Redskins to consider moving back from No. 2, and his response was strong.

"I just don't trade off of elite edge rushers," Jeremiah said. "You have a need there at the position, those guys are hard to find. So to get a player like that you would have to blow my doors off to get me to trade off that pick, if I was the Washington Redskins."

If the Redskins traded back, even a couple of spots, it's highly unlikely Young would still be on the board.

Jeremiah said the Redskins should not consider moving back past picks No. 5-7, and even if they were to pull the plug on a deal with one of the teams with those picks, they would need "multiple [first round picks] plus some Sugar."

Picks No. 3-5 in the draft currently belong to the Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins, respectively. Jeremiah suspected that any team inquiring about trading up with the Redskins would be looking to take a quarterback.

Detroit has Matt Stafford at quarterback, an established signal-caller. Last week, rumors surfaced that they might explore trading him. Should that happen, Detroit could simply stay at No. 3 and take the QB of their choice. They wouldn't need to trade up with Washington.

Miami is in the quarterback market at No. 5 and may inquire with Washington to move up, especially if the Lions are considering moving on from Stafford. The Chargers at No. 6 and the Panthers at No. 7 are teams to keep an eye on as well.

But the Giants have pick No. 4 and their quarterback of the future is set in Daniel Jones. If Young is on the board when the Giants pick comes around, the Ohio State product is heading to the Big Apple. No questions about it. 

"You've got to get a lot to get out of there, because even if you get to five, you won't see Chase Young at that point in time," Jeremiah said.

Behind quarterback, pass rushers are arguably the most valuable position in the sport. The Redskins have the chance to take a generational talent at the position, and according to Jeremiah, should not look back unless they get an incredible offer in return.

"So you're trading off a premier player at the second most valuable position in the sport," Jeremiah said. "You're going to have to get a heck of a haul to do that."

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