PETERSON’S PACE: Peterson leads the NFL with 88.9 yards rushing a game, and he’s only 64 yards shy of last year’s midpoint total, but he’d need another stellar finish to sniff Eric Dickerson’s record again. Ponder, and perhaps Freeman, will have more chances to persuade the Vikings not to take a quarterback in the first round.
FIGHT TO THE FINISH: As unreliable as it can be to forecast outcomes of NFL games based on current records, the schedule should serve the Packers well for remaining in the race without Rodgers. The problem for them is that the same goes for the Bears and, especially, the Lions, who are seeking their first division title in 20 years.
PREDICTED WINNER: Lions.