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Harrison Smith on WCCO radio: Packer week intense, with or without Rodgers

Smith debuts his radio show at Lone Oak Grill in Eagan

September 11, 2018 - 4:40 am

Vikings safety Harrison Smith says the Green Bay Packers will be tough test on Sunday, with or without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  

Smith debuted his WCCO radio show Monday night live from the Lone Oak Grill in Eagan, and said Packer week is always big.

"We understand the importance of this, and we understand the pride that Vikings fans have," Smith said. "Especially with so many Packer fans around here."

Rodgers threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to bring the Packers from 20 points down to beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, despite leaving the field with an early knee injury.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team is still awaiting information on the extent of Rodgers' knee injury before settling on a starting quarterback for Sunday's border battle.

The Vikings got two touchdown passes from Kirk Cousins in his first start after he was acquired during the off-season.  Cousins also impressed his teammates with a head-first plunge for a first down during the win.

"I loved it," said Smith, admitting that perhaps the coaching staff and front office had other feelings about the play. "As a defensive guy, I thought it was awesome. That's the type of competitor Kirk is, he wants to win just like the rest of us."

Smith had a good start to his season, with a fumble recovery and an interception in Sunday's victory over the San Francisco 49ers at US Bank Stadium.  

Smith will be hosting his show from 5:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. on most Monday nights during the season on WCCO Radio.