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Za'Darius Smith targets first career sacking of Aaron Rodgers

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 14: Linebacker Za'Darius Smith #55 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on August 14, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

LAS LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 14: Minnesota Vikings linebacker Za’Darius Smith, No. 55, before a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium on August 14, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada warm up. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Zadarius Smith, who is making his Minnesota Vikings debut this season, is most excited to make his debut against the Green Bay Packers.

Zadarius Smith will make his season debut with the Minnesota Vikings, his first with the team. Sunday’s upcoming game will kick off the 2022-23 NFL season for both teams, and it’s even more exciting for the linebacker as he faces off against his former team, the Green Bay Packers. He had big goals in his first game against Minnesota.

In a locker room interview posted on Twitter by KSPT-TV’s Alec Osmus, Smith said he would ” Hope to knock [Aaron Rogers] down a few times.”

Za’Darius Smith is one of several former Green Bay Packers contacts in the #Vikings locker room this season one.

His eighth season in the NFL will begin Sunday against his former team and Aaron Rodgers.

— Alec Osmus (@A_TwiceKSTP) September 5, 2022

Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, so Smith knocking him out was both iconic and a great feat for the Vikings. The two teams are division rivals, but the Packers usually end up at the top of the standings, winning titles in nine of the past 15 years.

Teammates also noticed Smith’s energy in the game.

Vikings teammates take notice of Zadarius Smith Energetic in Sunday’s game

Smith’s new teammate is the start Noticing his energy in Sunday’s game will be important to overtake division opponents.

Teammate Harrison Phillips is another new addition to the Vikings this season, according to’s Lindsey Young. He said of Smith: “He’s got a different energy. I don’t know if he just took a three-day nap, but he’s excited.”

KJ Osborn praised Smith saying, “We’re so grateful to have him. I’ll probably get some questions about Green Bay this week. With him around, he’s a leader and seeing him bring the field Come on, it’s great.”

His positive impact on the team is already noticeable, and the Vikings may have A new improved season is coming.



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