The Green Bay Packers recorded their second victory of the season, and again versus one division rival. The Packers defeated Minnesota Vikings 21-16, in a match which started very smoothly for the hosts but could end up terribly.
Green Bay had a 14-0 lead after the first period and was controlling things on the Lambeau Field in almost any aspect of the game. Aaron Rodgers led his team to an early advantage in the opening drive of the night. He immediately found Davante Adams, for a 39-yard long pass, and kept rolling up until Jamaal Williams rushed for 15 yards which pulled the Packs up to 7-0.
The guests had an opportunity to decrease that lead, but Dan Bailey missed a 47-yard field goal. Yet, that wasn’t the only failure he experienced today. The 31-year kicker didn’t convert an extra-point in the third quarter as one of Green Bay’s players blocked that attempt. Though we need to say that this extra-point was 10 yards longer because of the penalty awarded to Stefon Diggs for unsportsmanlike conduct after a touchdown.
With 3:18 left until the end of the first period, Rodgers found Adams for a 12-yard TD pass. After a sack on Cousins, the Vikings’ QB fumbled the ball, and the Packs clearly had momentum on the field.
Just 44 seconds into the second quarter, Aaron Jones carried the ball for two yards, increasing the lead to 21-0.
“We knew a tough opponent we are going against, and we had to come out to start fast,” said Adams during the on-field interview following the game. “We had our mind set on that all week, so we came out and did it.”
However, Minnesota responded, and fantastic Dalvin Cook posted a 75-yard run for the Vikings’ first TD. The terrific RB had 154 rushing yards on 20 carries and one TD. He was the unstoppable force but unfortunately didn’t have any help from his teammates.
Since this moment, the hosts were frozen in the attack.
“We scored 21 points in the first quarter and then zero in the last three quarters,” said Aaron Rodgers at the press regarding that period of the match.
The visitors scored nine points in a row, but couldn’t deliver the final blow to the pale Packers who lost all of their composure in the second half. Simply, Rodgers and the entire offensive line had become more vulnerable, and they couldn’t do any harm to Vikings’ strong defense.
One thing pretty much disturbed Minnesota. They had 8 penalties for 100 yards which is far too many to win in Wisconsin. In the majority of other aspects, the Vikings had better figures. For example, they had 421 yards from the scrimmage, while GB had 335. Rodgers suffered two sacks, Cousins one, but Captain Kirk had two fumbles and two interceptions. He finished the game with 14 completed passes in 32 attempts and 230 yards for one TD.
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On the other side, Rodgers was steady, 209 yards, two TD passes, and 22 of 34. Aaron Jones had a show of his own with 116 yards on 23 carries. In the moments when the Packs created the lead, he was the driving force of their attack. Adams posted 7 receptions for 106 yards.
According to some, the hero of the Packs’ triumph was CB Kevin King, who made a miraculous interception in the end zone with 5:18 until the end. The Vikings were seriously pressuring Green Bay back then and were on the verge of taking the momentum on their side.
The Packers are hosting the Denver Broncos next Saturday, and if they start 3-0, that would be a massive success of their new head coach Matt LaFleur.
On the other side, the Vikings are hosting the Oakland Raiders and Jon Gruden at home.