The Minnesota Vikings, especially recently, have one of the best records in the NFL against Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers. This was fully on display in Minnesota’s Week 11 upset over Green Bay. Rodgers recently attributed some of this might to several longtime Vikings defenders who know him well. He also revealed that he once had a serious issue with one of these Viking stalwarts, Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr.
The Minnesota Vikings defense includes several longtime Green Bay Packers rivals
Minnesota native Adam Thielen addressed teammates last night about the meaning of the #Vikings–#Packers rivalry … and today they pulled out one of the wildest wins this series has seen.
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As NFC North rivals, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers play each other at least twice a season, every season.
During his 17-year career (14 as a starter), Rodgers has faced the Vikings 26 times and has a 15-10-1 record against his noisy neighbors to the west. While that record is good, the QB’s 57.6% winning percentage against Minnesota is solidly below his 67.0% career mark as a starter.
In recent years, it’s been even tougher sledding for Rodgers against the Vikes. Since Mike Zimmer took over as head coach in 2014, his team is 8-6-1 against Rodgers’ squad.
Part of the reason Rodgers struggles more against the Vikings than most other clubs is that the usually-tough defense includes several long-term Vikings who know Rodgers well and have surely studied him diligently over the years.
These players are linebackers Anthony Barr (eight years with the Vikings) and Eric Kendricks (seven years), safety Harrison Smith (10 years), and defensive end Everson Griffen (11 total seasons in Minnesota with one season on the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions in 2020).
These players know Rodgers very well, and he is equally familiar with them. Rodgers says that this group has faced off for so long, they all now respect each other greatly, but that wasn’t always the case with the QB and one of these defenders.
Aaron Rodgers and Anthony Barr once had beef over a misunderstanding
On his regular Tuesday appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, Aaron Rodgers discussed his relationship with one of the Vikings’ players who he’s played against for a long time now.
Rodgers told a story about chatting with Anthony Barr during a replay review, and Pat McAfee asked the former Cal Bear if he got along with “AB.” The Packers legendary signal-caller then shared that, while he and Barr get along well now, that wasn’t always the case:
Look, we had — in 2017, we had a misunderstanding for sure. I felt like he might have given me the middle finger as I was walking off with a broken collar bone. In ’18, we talked about it and kind of patched things up or whatever. Let bygones be bygones. He’s a Pac-12 guy, and we’ve kind of passed that threshold. We’ve played against each other so many times that there’s …read more
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