Week 8: Packers/Vikings Recap

Published: Oct 29, 2013 04:29am EDT
By epolnoff, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Oct 29, 2013 @ 04:29am EDT

 

The Packers have officially closed up their final win in the Metrodome. Aaron Rodgers evened up his all-time record in Minnesota to 3-3 with a 44-31 victory over the Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

The game didn’t begin well for the Packers when Rookie kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson tied an NFL record 109 yard run back to give the Vikings a head start. Not to be outdone, on the ensuing drive, Aaron Rodgers marched down the field on a 14-play drive, running 7:24 off the clock and ending on an 11 yard touchdown toss to Jordy Nelson.

Green Bay kept their foot on the gas, scoring on every possession last night. Eddie Lacy continued to impress with 94 yards and a touchdown on the night. His performance last night brings him within 18 yards of Alex Green’s season total from last year. James Starks also contributed out of the backfield with 57 yards and a 25 yard score of his own. This double threat (triple if you count Jonathan Franklin) at runningback is making the Packers more balanced on offense than they’ve been since 2008 when Ryan Grant broke off a 1,203 yard season.

Jarrett Boykin had his second great game in a row bringing in 5 receptions for 89 yards. I was impressed with his poise when he spoke with the media after the game. He’s focused, humble and knows he needs to work hard to continue the success he’s had over the past two games. I’m excited to see him grow into a permanent role in the Packers offense. Myles White was targeted seven times, making five receptions of his own, including a 15 yard strike to set up Starks for his score. As Rodgers said in the post-game press conference, “Jordy was himself,” throwing down 123 yards and 2 TD’s.

Not enough can be said about the rookies stepping up in the face of injuries this season. David Bakhtiari is playing out of his mind. He readily handled Jared Allen, who didn’t even register on the stat sheet; No tackles, no deflections, and best of all, no sacks. Micah Hyde stepped in at CB and registered 3 solo tackles and 2 assisted last night, not to mention his 93 yard punt return for a TD.

If there’s anything negative I can take away from this game it’s the 14 points the Vikings were allowed to score at the end of the game. The Packers defense has let opponents score 64 points in the fourth quarter this year. Garbage time or not, I’d really like to see the defense step up and finish these games. Where it’s really hurt them this season is against the 49ers, who scored 10 points in the final 6 minutes to win the game, and against the Bengals whose Special Teams made a play at the end of the game, causing a fumble and returning it for a TD to give them the lead and, ultimately, to win the game.

With Clay Matthews out until November 10th and Nick Perry out indefinitely, the next men up are going to have to find a way to get some late-game stops next week against Josh McCown, Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears.

Game Notes:

- Packers held the ball for an unbelievable 40 minutes and 54 seconds. That’s over 2/3 of the game!

- The Packers didn’t punt the ball at all throughout the game. The last time this happened was on December 17th,1989, when Don “The Magic Man” Majkowski ran the table of Jim Harbaugh on the Chicago Bears. (The underlying note here is that Brett Favre never did it).

- Making sure the Packers never had to punt was a 72% 3rd Down Efficiency (13/18) and 100% 4th Down Efficiency (2/2).


 

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