Questions Answered: Love or Hate GB in Week 1, Ending on the Road, Cine the Whole Time

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (55) lewaves the field following the Packers victory over the Washington Redskins during their football game Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Packers Vs Redskins 3436 120819 Wag

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the May 12th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to D.Baker@vikingsterritory.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: With the schedule out, do you love or hate the Packers at home in Week 1?

Aaron Rodgers / Kirk Cousins
Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hug after the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

A: Closer to love than hate.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell will experience baptism by fire — and is that really a bad thing? It’s also an optimistic take to believe the Vikings will get the Packers before Rodgers and Co. hit their stride. We shall see. The Packers looked like feces to start 2021.

O’Connell had to play the Packers sooner or later, so getting it “out of the way” — at home — early on works for us.

Q: My goodness. Finishing out the season at Green Bay and at Chicago is brutal. Talk me off the cliff.

Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) watches Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) after he got hit in the helmet by Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (not pictured) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Minnesota Vikings won 17-9. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

A: You’re going to find out what the team is made of down the stretch at the Packers and Bears, and that’s okay.

If the Vikings want to be playoff contenders — that is their announced goal — they should be able to hang with the primary division foes at their houses.

We don’t love this one or embrace it like the Week 1 tryst with Green Bay at home, but what can you do?

The Vikings have won three of their four games at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field.

Q: Is it true the Vikings wanted Lewis Cine in the 1st Round before they even made any trades?

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Brian Robinson Jr. (4) runs the ball against Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Yes.

Point-blank, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah mentions Cine as “his guy” just moments after completing the Lions trade.

The Vikings wanted their man, traded back 20 spots, accumulated draft capital, and still got him.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).