Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings.
It looks like the wind is picking up at Lambeau and…….wait a minute! Kyle Cousineau just appeared on ESPN. That was cool.
Minnesotans are surprisingly optimistic about their team’s chances against the Packers tonight. Christian Ponder has given this fanbase some hope and the Vikings have shown signs of life since the rookie from Florida State took over as the starter. We’re about to find out if that optimism is warranted.
No surprises on the Packers inactive list: CB Davon House, LB Jamari Lattimore, LB Robert Francois, LB Frank Zombo, OL Ray Dominguez, LT Chad Clifton, DE Mike Neal.
Packers win the toss, defer to the second half, and force the Vikings to go three-and-out. This is just what the defense needed.
Who needs the NBA when you have Randall Cobb taking a punt to the house, then shooting a jump shot toward the referee. Cobb is becoming the Packers version of Percy Harvin.
So far Matthews has lined up only on his usual left side. It won’t matter much where he lines up if the Vikings keep trying to block him with Toby Gerhart.
Vikings punt again and we go to commercial with Megadeth playing in the background. Props to Monday Night Football for playing some metal this season. I’ve also heard Pantera and Lamb of God in previous games.
Asher Allen is wondering how Driver — a guy twice his age — just out-jumped him on that 3rd-down conversion.
Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings and the Packers lead 14-0. Now lets see if they can put a team away.
Wow. Nice throw by Ponder to Visanthe Shiance for 31 yards. Ponder stepped up in the pocket after Matthews went unblocked.
Rookie QBs are no match for Charles Woodson. He almost intercepts Ponder on 3rd down. Then the Vikings move early, erasing a Ryan Longwell field goal. Longwell misses the 52-yarder. Vikings fans hurl objects at their TVs.
Jared Allen sacks Rodgers and does his silly celebration. I’m all for keeping your emotions high regardless of the score, but wouldn’t celebrating with your teammates be more appropriate when you’re down 14-0 and getting dominated?
Woodson really strgggling to tackle so far tonight.
Williams gets a pick on a flea flicker, but the Packers offense again fails to deliver an early dagger. Rodgers needs to find his checkdown and quit taking so many hits. He checked down to Starks on a third-down play on the Packers’ first drive, but hasn’t looked to his checkdown since.
Percy Harvin might as well put on a Packers jersey on tonight.
Starks picks up a first down on 3rd and 10 from the Packers 2-yard line. Now lets see McCarthy and Rodgers work a two-minute drill.
The offensive line goes in the tank and the Packers aren’t able to deliver the knockout blow in the first half. Green Bay leads 17-0 at the half.
Jordy Nelson abuses Cedric Griffin and the Packers go up 24-0 to start the second half. Nelson was Junior Dos Santos and Griffin was Cain Velasquez on that play.
Cobb muffs a punt, setting up an easy score for the Vikings. Actually it was too easy. BJ Raji and Ryan Pickett got destroyed on Peterson’s TD run. Packers lead 24-7.
Cobb with a nice return on the ensuing kickoff. I’ll sound like a homer here, but compare Cobb’s reaction after his big return to Allen’s reaction after his first-half sack. Cobb wasn’t about to call attention to himself after his fumble. Allen had no problem calling attention to himself even though his team was getting rolled.
The Packers march right down the field and make it 31-7. Rodgers found his checkdown option throughout the drive and connected with Kuhn for the TD.
Matthews sacks Ponder again. Matthews could line up in the Lambeau Field atrium and I don’t think it would matter tonight. He’s getting after it.
Woodson drops and easy pick-6. He undercut the pass to Shiancoe again. Ponder must be a slow learner since that’s about the 20th time Woodson has done that while guarding Shiancoe.
Rodgers to Nelson makes it 38-7. There’s really not much to say about this second half. Besides the Cobb fumble, total domination by the Packers.
It’s Matt Flynn time. Make some plays and earn yourself a nice contract for next season, Matt.
Flynn runs in for a score. Flynn has more fantasy football points than Jay Cutler this week.
Well, we have about 10 minutes to kill before this game ends. What should we talk about……
Besides the offensive line play in the second quarter and Cobb’s fumble, could this game have gone any better for the Packers? The defense played well, Matthews and Woodson generated a pass rush, Rodgers was his usual self and Cobb returned a punt for a TD.
Was this the most complete game the Packers have played this season? Probably. The Packers are head and shoulders above any other team in the NFL right now. We’ll see if that continues once the real season begins, after Thanksgiving.
Flynn got in for some cleanup duty and now it’s Vic So’oto’s turn on defense.
Flynn lines up in the victory formation and the Packers are 9-0. Bring on the Bucs.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .