Green Bay Packers players relish their team’s rivalry with the Minnesota Vikings just as much as fans. And they’re not afraid to get down in the dirt like fans, either.
The Vikings lost to the New York Giants on Sunday, ending a 13-win season with a home Wildcard loss to a 9-7-1 team. Minnesota was favored by three, lost by seven, and the first year of Kevin O’Connell’s newfound sizzle ended with a whimper.
Packers Players Have Odd Reaction to Vikings Loss
While operations for the Vikings were going pear-shaped, various Packers players used Twitter to chime in about Minnesota’s misery. It’s akin to how Vikings fans cheer for the Packers demise — usually against the San Francisco 49ers in the postseason — complete with snide comments and emojis.
As Minnesota was enduring the final nail in the coffin versus New York, Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari tweeted, “Love to see it.”
Yes, that’s the same Bakhtiari who did not participate in the 2022 playoffs.
Green Bay’s special teams phenom Keisean Nixon tweeted a pass breakup video from teammate Jaire Alexander pulled off against the Vikings in Week 17, attempting to twist the knife on the Vikings anguish:
As the Vikings evening neared an end, Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell posted laughing emojis, “😂😂😂.”
Like Bakhtiari, Campbell was also excluded from playoff football in 2022 as Green Bay finished 8-9 and in third place inside the NFC North.
Finally — and there may be more buried on the internet — Packers corner Rasul Douglas chided quarterback Kirk Cousins’ final throw, which failed to obtain a 1st Down, “He just threw a 2yard pass on 4th and 8 smh.”
The Packers, regardless of the anti-Viking tweets, are in familiar offseason territory during the third week of January — what will Aaron Rodgers do for next season? Like his predecessor Brett Favre from 2002 to 2008, Green Bay faithful must await Rodgers’ moods and decision-making to know the team’s QB1 henceforth. In 2021, Rodgers seemed to demand a trade, walked it back, and returned to the Packers in the summer. Last year, Rodgers was unsure about retirement, but after several weeks of deliberation, he signed a mammoth contract for an 18th season with the Packers.
Unfortunately for Rodgers and the Packers sake, Green Bay encountered its first poor season since 2018. The Packers hit a nasty skid in October and November, recovered in December to win four straight games, but utterly collapsed at home in Week 18 against the Detroit Lions in a win-or-go-home primetime game.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).