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January 3, 2013

Vikings-Packers is NFL's version of Groundhog Day

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GREEN BAY, WIS. —

"It's not something we've thought about or really talked about since probably April," Aaron Rodgers said. "We want to be playing the right way obviously. We had a good stretch there. We won nine out of 11 games and played a lot of really good opponents, tough opponents, tough games on the road.

"I like the way we're playing," he added. "I think we have the right mindset, a good group of leaders in this locker room and a lot of guys who've won a lot of regular season, a lot of postseason games. We're excited about our team and excited about our opportunity in front of us."

Especially since Green Bay's high-powered offense is finally at full strength.

The Packers' top four receivers — Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb — have played less than three full games together this season, with Jennings (torn groin muscle), Nelson (hamstring) and Cobb (ankle) missing a total of 13 games. But all are healthy now, and the Vikings got an idea of how tough it will be to contain them last week, when the Packers piled up 405 yards of offense and scored 34 points.

Expect this week to bring more of the same.

"We'll tweak our offense, they'll tweak their defense. Each team's going to look at what transpired on Sunday and try to make some adjustments to make sure they're better than they were on Sunday," Green Bay offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "Playing outside, it can be a different type of game depending on what the weather's like. But it's still going to be a battle. They're a good defense, we're a good offense. They run the ball on offense, we've got to play on defense.

"It's the same type of game. Just different location."

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