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Green Bay Packers sprint out to 24-17 lead over Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers quarterback threw two touchdowns two wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers quarterback threw two touchdowns two wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings.

Missing three of their top receiving targets, the Green Bay Packers put the ball in the hands of their most trustworthy players, racking up 24 points in the first half. Unfortunately, the defense and special teams let the Minnesota Vikings hang around, giving up 17 points to keep the game closer than it should have been.

The action got off to a resounding start as Vikings wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson took the opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown, tying the NFL return record set by Antonio Cromartie.

Green Bay responded by grinding 7:24 off the clock as they moved the ball 90 yards to score on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

The Packers and Vikings traded field goals in the second half, before Rodgers and Nelson teamed up again on a 76-yard touchdown pass to break things open. Cornerback Micah Hyde followed that up with a 93-yard kickoff return of his own.

Just when it seemed like the game might be out of reach, Minnesota mounted a long drive that ended in an eight-yard scoring run by running back Adrian Peterson.

Standouts

Jordy Nelson continues to justify the second-round pick general manager Ted Thompson expended on him. The duo of Nelson and Aaron Rodgers leads the NFL in yards per catch and quarterback rating since Jordy entered the league.

Yet again, Micah Hyde proves himself a versatile tool. Although his numbers are never spectacular, he always seems to be around the ball, particularly in short yardage situations. The return for a touchdown doesn’t hurt things either.

Slipups

On an important third-down stop that would have forced Minnesota to punt, defensive end Datone Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness after the play was completely over, giving the Vikings a fresh set of downs. Minnesota would capitalize with a Blair Walsh field goal.

Cornerback Tramon Williams was flagged for defensive pass interference to extend the Vikings’ final drive of the second quarter and set them up for the touchdown run by Peterson.

What’s next

The Green Bay Packers get the ball to start the second half. It will be imperative that they put some quick points on the board and put some distance between themselves and Minnesota. The Vikings are determined not to go down without a fight, so the defense cannot afford to get complacent and let them hang around.

Look for Jordy Nelson to play a major role in the third period, with running back Eddie Lacy taking over midway through the fourth quarter. As long as Green Bay remains aggressive and doesn’t simply try to hunker down on their lead, they should pull away in the fourth quarter.

523 comments
Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

Aaron Rodgers may be able to see the whole field when he drops back to pass, but can he see why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

5-3 I can't believe that shit.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

ok, here is an interesting question.........

Would Dez perform better with Stafford as his QB?


Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Fuck Broyles is out for the season.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

Ok, time to call it a night.  See you assholes tomorrow.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

I went 7-1 in FF this week 

jmac3444
jmac3444

It does my heart good to see minnesota look like shit

Koosh12684
Koosh12684

Starks was beastly as fuck in that drive!  Like 4 straight 1st down runs.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

My boy is not afraid to toss up a jump ball

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Not that he did much, but still

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

@_MKE_ I like this quote: "There have been times when it appeared assistant coach Kevin Greene might be a reasonable option at outside linebacker."

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

He did the kickoffs.  There were a lot of those.  But the Vikes did a nice job of keeping our best player off the field.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

@_MKE_ According to the Radio announcers he came in a bit late and it was Mike Neal - Jones was on the sideline.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

I totally would if I were closer.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Well, I think Dez stinks and I hate him.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

@_MKE_ @Evil Donkey Truth be told any team would be lucky to have either.

On the flip side of that coins is a QB like Rodgers who makes his receivers better.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

@_MKE_ @DanOnWis23 Me too - but the announcers (Westwood one guys) never said much more about it other than the refs got the number wrong.