HOF Week 10 Poll (Vikings/Packers)

01/01/2005

Week 10 poll: Best Viking/Packer team

In honor of the historic rivalry and this week's featured matchup between the Packers and the Vikings, profootballhof.com wants you to choose the best Packer or Viking team of all time. Read about the candidate teams we've selected for Best Packer/Viking team before casting your vote … and check back on our previous winners from Weeks One-Nine.

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1966 Green Bay Packers

Bart Starr

Under the guidance of the legendary Vince Lombardi, the Packers led the NFL West with a 12-2 regular season record. Division rivals Minnesota and San Francisco were the only two teams able to blemish the remarkable season. Green Bay downed Dallas, 34-27, in the League Championship game and routed Kansas City, 35-10, in Super Bowl I. Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Carroll Dale and Elijah Pitts led an offense that outscored its opponents, 339-159. Prototype middle linebacker Ray Nitschke led the defensive side of this lopsided equation. 

1976 Minnesota Vikings

Fran Tarkenton

A "Purple People Eaters" defense and an exciting and elusive  quarterback defined the 1976 Minnesota squad. The team achieved a 11-2 regular season record and moved past Washington and Los Angeles in the playoffs before losing to Oakland, 32-14, in Super Bowl XI. Fran Tarkenton, despite being in the twilight of his career, continued to set the offensive tone with nearly 3,000 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. But it was the defense that earned this team a spot among the greatest NFL teams ever. Jim Marshall and future Hall of Famers Paul Krause and Alan Page formed the nucleus of one of the most dominating defenses in NFL history.  

1996 Green Bay Packers

Brett Favre 

Brett Favre led the Pack attack to their first Super Bowl victory in 29 years. Minnesota defeated the Packers in Week 4, but the Packers would come back to even the score in the final week of the regular season. They carried the winning momentum into the postseason, where they outscored their opponents 100-48, including a 35-21 victory over New England in Super Bowl XXXI. Favre passed for nearly 4,000 yards and completed 39 touchdown passes to a talented receiving corps that starred Antonio Freeman and Keith Jackson. Reggie White, Eugene Robinson and LeRoy Butler highlighted a defense that limited opponents to single-digit scoring six different times. 

1998 Minnesota Vikings

Randy Moss

Some of Minnesota's most memorable teams have come in recent years. Perhaps tops among them are the 1998 team that went 15-1 to win the NFC Central before falling to Atlanta, 30-27 in overtime, in the NFC championship game. Randall Cunningham had a resurgence in his career, thanks in part to the emergence of Randy Moss, the Offensive Rookie of the Year, who devastated opposing defenses with his speed and athleticism at the receiver position. Moss burned the Packers for 153 yards and a touchdown en route to taking home Player of the Week accolades. Moss was tutored throughout his rookie campaign by one of the best receivers in the NFL, Cris Carter. The dynamic duo combined for 29 touchdowns and nearly 2,500 receiving yards.  

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