The Green Bay Packers (5-2) beat the Minnesota Vikings (1-6) 44-31 to push their win streak to four games. Overall the game really wasn’t close as Aaron Rodgers just picked apart the Vikings defense and the Packers running backs just ran all over for a total of 182 yards. The score is not indicative of the game, the Cordarrelle Patterson brought the opening kick-off 109 yards for a touchdown and the Vikings scored two times in the fourth when the game as well out of reach. So on to the grading of week 8. (If you didn’t see my preview you can find it HERE.)
Keys to the Game
1. Adrian Peterson – Well I wouldn’t consider him shut down at 4.6 yards per carry, the issue was there just weren’t enough carries for Peterson to go off because the Vikings were down so big and quick. Peterson broke a few tackles on the touchdown run so if this game was close he could have got going. His longest was only 17 yards so it was successful! Sometimes the best defense of a good running game is scoring a lot of points. Grade B
2. Greg Jennings – Shut down. Again it helps when Christian Ponder is throwing to him, but the Packers have to play the schedule in front of them. When I say shut down, 1 reception for 9 yards on only 3 targets. Grade A
Micah Hyde had his first career punt return for touchdown on Sunday night
3. Special Teams – Man oh man, opening kick-off brought back 109 yards, but then Patterson got shut down. Micah Hyde brought a punt return back for a touchdown 91 yards. All field goals made by Mason Crosby and Tim Masthay didn’t have to punt once. Grade B
Player of the Game
I picked Jamari Lattimore and he didn’t live up to my prediction. Lattimore only had 1 sack and 3 tackles. Rodgers was the player of the game and I did bring that up, but didn’t want to go the easy way. Rodgers only missed 5 passes and threw 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. When he is in the zone some times it is not even fair. Grade D-
Rodgers did it with his feet Sunday night. 6 rushes for 31 yards
Well I predicted a win and that is what happened. I knew once the Packers had 38 points in the 3rd quarter my score choice was not happening. I couldn’t believe how many points the Packers let up, but that has been the Packers MO, let up points in the fourth quarter when the game is out of hand. Let’s just hope when they are in a close game they can play all 4 quarters. Grade C+
1. The entire offense was just clicking. Not one punt the whole game. Rodgers was 10-10 on 3rd down with 2 touchdowns. The team ran for 182 yards, it was just dominance by the Packers offense.
2. Mason Crosby made all 3 field goals attempted not bad for a kicker who was very close to getting cut this season. This dude was 68% on field goals last year and made Mike McCarthy go for it on 4th down many times last year when he shouldn’t of. Welcome back Crosby
1. The tackling was bad. AP broke a ton of tackles, as did Toby Gerhart on his touchdown run. Matt Forte is coming to town next week need to lock it up next week.
2. 109 yards. 109 yards. A 109 yard kick-off return is just awful, can’t happen. Devin Hester is coming to town next week, I hope that the Packers can get their stuff together and kick the ball away from Hester because I can see the Packers kicking off a lot next week.
Tramon Williams took two bad pass interference calls. The Packer secondary hasn’t had many penalties this season, but these two penalties went for a combined 80 yards and the Vikings scored touchdowns on both the possessions. Time to clean that up, but I am not to worried about it since it hasn’t been an issue all season.
Mike Daniels had 2 sacks on Sunday night
The Chicago Bears are coming to Lambeau Field without Jay Cutler next week. Can the Packers contain Matt Forte? Is the defense going to struggle not playing the turnover machine Jay Cutler? Can’t wait for Monday Night!