Packers VS Vikings: Game Recap
The Green Bay Packers outscored the Minnesota Vikings 43-34 at a fanless US Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon thanks to a resurgent performance from former MVP Aaron Rodgers.
With the Packers leading 29-10 after the third quarter, the Vikings feverishly started a comeback, scoring 24 points in the final frame. After cutting the Packers lead to 36-26, the Packers ensuing drive appeared to stall after a holding call on first down. On a first and 20 from the Packers 37 yard line, Rodgers dropped back and looked left to bait the safety before delivering a dime to the right sideline to a fading Davante Adams for 38 yards. Aaron Jones would cap the drive a few plays later with his first touchdown in 2020.
The Packers only punted once as Rodgers diced up Minnesota’s inexperienced secondary all game long and finished with 364 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Adams had 14 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns, the 14 catches tied Don Hutson with the most in a game in Packers history.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s ceiling and floor were on display Sunday. He flashed his potential on a 45-yard leaping touchdown down the right sideline with 15 seconds left in the first half. But he also showed his inconsistency with two drops that would have went for big gains.
Allen Lazard’s sturdy play evened out MVS’s erratic play, hauling in all four of his targets for 63 yards receiving and secured one of Rodgers’ most ridiculous throws of the day. He also tacked on a 19 yard run on a clever end around play in the first quarter.
Jaire Alexander was the lone bright spot on the defensive side of the ball. He was just the fifth player in the last 20 years to record a sack, safety and interception in the same game. All three of these plays came at crucial points in the game. The sack/safety came right after the Packers turned the ball over on downs at the one-yard line and the interception set up the MVS touchdown before the end of the first half.
The Packers defense only allowed 10 points until they completely feel apart in the fourth quarter, allowing three touchdowns and three two-point conversions rather easily.
The Packers draft was ridiculed by most national media, and even a majority of fans, but the rookies showed promise of proving their draft grades wrong.
2nd-round pick AJ Dillon had two successful runs up the middle for six and eight yards and looked the part of a punishing down-hill running back.
3rd-round pick Josiah Deguara had a few chances in the passing game but was only able to corral one catch for a 12 yard gain. Deguara’s blocking was the most impressive part of his game, particular the double chop block to pave the way for Lazard.
6th-round pick Jon Runyan filled in nicely when starter Lane Taylor went down with an apparent ACL-injury. The rookie did not miss a beat as the Packers OL paved the way to a five yards per rush average and did not allow a sack all game.
Lastly, and most impressive, undrafted rookie Krys Barnes finished with the second most tackles on the team and two for loss.
Kenny Clark went down with a groin injury on the Alexander interception late in the first half. Clark was able to walk under his own power to the locker room but never returned in the second half.
Lane Taylor will need season-ending surgery on his knee after being carted off early in the fourth quarter. Taylor won a starting spot in 2020 after battling back from a bicep injury that cost him all but two games in 2019.
Lucas Patrick also injured his shoulder, but early indications are it is not serious and that he could play week two if need be. Either way, the Packers OL has taken serious hits in the first week of the season with Billy Turner also missing week one.
The Packers offense looks to repeat their week one performance and the defense looks to block out their fourth quarter effort as they take on the Detroit Lions at noon on Sunday.