Due to a scheduling conflict with school, I wasn’t able to write up the usual post game story. So after sitting on it for over a day, here is my post game story from the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead after the first quarter. On the Packers first drive they looked great; scoring on their first drive in only eight plays. The drive ended with a 32-yard pass to James Jones who ripped it away from the Vikings’ defender.
Green Bay added a field goal on their next drive, after forcing a three and out and it looked like they would cruise to a victory. But the Vikings were driving the ball to end the first quarter and would dominate the second quarter.
The Vikings scored their first touchdown early in the second quarter to cut the lead to 10-7. After both teams stalled out, the Vikings scored on a three-play, 91-yard drive, with the big play coming from Adrian Peterson’s 82-yard touchdown run.
The second half didn’t start off well for the Packers either. After missing a field goal to end the first half, Mason Crosby kicked the second half kickoff out of bounds, giving the Vikings good field position. On the first play after that, Adrian Peterson ran for 48 yards and it looked like the Vikings were in position to score yet again. But the Packers got a gift.
On second and six, Christian Ponder threw an interception and from that point on the Packers took over the game. The Packers took the interception, marched down the field and Mason Crosby kicked a field goal, cutting the lead to 14-13.
The Vikings next drive went three plays and they didn’t gain a yard, they actually lost one. On the next drive the Packers got cute and tried a flea-flicker play, which was intercepted by the Vikings. Just when the Packers looked to have all the momentum, they threw it away, or so it seemed.
Minnesota went nowhere with their drive and had to punt again after just three plays. Green Bay scored the go ahead touchdown on a 22-yard rushing, yes a rushing touchdown, by James Starks.
In the fourth quarter the Packers used an 18 play, 11-minute drive that ended in a field goal, which put the game away for the Packers.
The big surprise this game was the Packers running game. James Starks and Alex Green gained 124 yards on 27 combined carries. The least surprising thing about this game was Adrian Peterson’s performance. 210 yards on 21 carries. I have nothing else to say about that, other than it was freakin impressive.
Green Bay’s defense was the star in the second half. Although they gave up that big play to Peterson in the first drive of the third quarter, the Vikings offense was quiet after that for the rest of the game.
Also, Mason Crosby, while still shaky seems to be making progress. He made the last two field goals in the second half, both of them very important. His only miss was on a 53-yard attempt, but his first field goal did hit the post, but luckily it bounced in. Hopefully hitting those last two field goals gets Crosby on the right track, because the Packers will need him.
The offensive line still struggled but did better than last week against the Giants. Rodgers still had to scramble all over the place and there still needs to be a lot of improvement but fixing the line seems near impossible at this point, so any improvement is a good step forward.
From here the Packers have to play another key division game as they take on the Lions Sunday night. With the Bears loss on Sunday, the Packers now hold first place of the division and they will look to keep it that way.