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Packers at Vikings preview: O’Connell debuts against another coach from McVay tree in Packers’ LaFleur

The Vikings are expected to have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL

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Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks to a coach against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of a preseason game Aug. 12, 2022, at Levi's Stadium.
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Packers (0-0) at Vikings (0-0)

Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. Sunday
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium
TV: KMSP-Channel 9; Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
Radio: KFXN-FM 100.3; Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, Ben Leber
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Series: Packers lead 64-56-3
Line: Packers by 1 1/2

Kevin O’Connell, the 10th head coach in Vikings history, will make his debut against his new franchise’s biggest rival, the Packers. O’Connell, like Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur, is part of the Sean McVay coaching tree through the Los Angeles Rams. But the two coaches have never been on the same staff.

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The Vikings are expected to have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. But top offensive starters — including quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, and running back Dalvin Cook — did not play in the team’s three preseason games.

The Packers have won four straight NFC North titles. Nevertheless, the Vikings have played Green Bay well in recent years, going 5-4-1 over the past 10 games.

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