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Packers-Vikings matchup highlights huge difference in QB longevity

By Judd Zulgad

The 1992 season marked the start of a new era for both the Vikings and Packers. When the teams met at Lambeau Field in Week 1, Dennis Green had replaced Jerry Burns as the Vikings coach and Mike Holmgren had replaced Lindy Infante on the Packers sideline.

Fuad Reveiz’s 25-yard field goal in overtime gave the Vikings the victory in that game on Sept. 6, 1992. Rich Gannon and Don Majkowski started at quarterback for Minnesota and Green Bay, respectively.

Twenty-four years later, the Vikings and Packers will meet again Sunday night in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Including two playoff games, this will mark the 51st game between the Packers and Vikings since Green’s team got the best of Holmgren’s club that day in Lambeau.

Sam Bradford, who was 4 years old in September 1992, is expected to start at quarterback for Minnesota.

That will make him the 18th quarterback to start for the Vikings against the Packers since 1992. If you consider that to be a remarkable run of quarterbacks, far more impressive is that as the Vikings have continued to look for stability at the most important position on the football field the Packers have essentially had two QBs.

Aaron Rodgers will be making his 17th start against the Vikings. Brett Favre made 32 starts vs. the Vikings after taking over as Green Bay’s quarterback in Week 3 of the 1992 season following an injury suffered by Majkowski.

The only two quarterbacks to handle the opening snap for the Packers against Minnesota in the past 24 years are Majkowski and Matt Flynn, who started in place of the injured Rodgers in what turned out to be a 26-26 tie on Nov. 24, 2013 at Lambeau.

The Vikings, meanwhile, have eight quarterbacks who have made a single start against the Packers. That list includes Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Jeff George, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Frerotte and Joe Webb.

The Vikings quarterback with the most starts against the Packers since 1992 was Daunte Culpepper, who made 11. Christian Ponder was next at seven, followed by Brad Johnson and Warren Moon (five apiece) and then Favre.

That’s right. Favre not only made 32 starts against the Vikings from 1992 through 2007, but he also made the fifth most starts against the Packers of any Minnesota quarterback since 1992.

Teddy Bridgewater should be making his fourth start against Green Bay on Sunday, but a season-ending knee injury means that won’t happen. Right now, Bridgewater and Randall Cunningham, who started the Vikings’ memorable 1998 victory in Lambeau, are at three starts apiece on this list.

So who’s left? Jim McMahon and Tarvaris Jackson both made two starts against the Packers. McMahon’s came in 1993 and Jackson’s were in 2006 and the season-opener in 2008.

Bradford, the first-overall pick in the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams, is entering his seventh season so the Vikings are hoping that he can provide a few years of stability or at least be the guy until Bridgewater is ready to return.

Meanwhile, the Packers will continue to start the 32-year-old Rodgers until he decides he’s ready to ride off into the sunset and join Favre in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For many Vikings fans, that day can’t come soon enough.

The post Packers-Vikings matchup highlights huge difference in QB longevity appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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