Vikings newcomers prepare for first Packers matchup

EAGAN, Minn. (Vikings) — Sunday marks the 116th edition of the Border Battle between the Vikings and Packers.

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But for some players who will don the white jerseys in Week 2 at Lambeau Field, they will get their first taste of the historic rivalry between the two longtime division foes.

Some are rookies, while others such as quarterback Kirk Cousins have played Green Bay before — just not while wearing Purple.

Cousins on Wednesday gave his thoughts on being a newcomer to the rivalry.

“I think that we feel it throughout the year as a player for the Minnesota Vikings. In the offseason, you feel it,” Cousins said. “You run into people and you are going to hear a lot more about the rivalry of the Vikings and Packers or you are going to hear about your opponents in the NFC North more than you are going to hear about some team in the AFC that you may play once only every four years.

“I think that is when you start to feel it and it starts to build. You realize how important it is for this organization, for our fans,” Cousins said. “Just the math of needing to win your division to get a home playoff game. I think the math would say we want to win our divisional games.”