Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings:
My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today: CB Charles Woodson, RB Johnny White, CB Sam Shields, LB Clay Matthews, LB Terrell Manning, WR Donald Driver, DL CJ Wilson
Inactive for Vikings today: WR Percy Harvin, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, CB Brandon Burton, LB Audie Cole, G Mark Asper, TE Allen Reisner, DE D’Aundre Reed.
Greg Jennings returns to the field for the first time in 8 games.
Today’s captains are Josh Sitton, BJ Raji and Jarrett Bush
First of three straight NFC North games for the Packers; currently they’ve won nine straight games against division opponents.
Noon game at home: A great day for football…
Control destiny: Any week you line up and have the ability to achieve your goals you set for the year, it’s a great thing.
Loss a motivator: No doubt, any time you take a shot like we did, it’s an opportunity. Like Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians. I’m glad of weaknesses, for when I am weak I am strong.
Jennings: Will have to work him in the flow. Decision was made medically – we’re going to be smart with him. We’re taking him more as a situational and we’ll evaluate more at halftime.
Peterson: What he’s been able to accomplish is a credit to his work ethic, his genetics, the medical staff at Minnesota.
Ponder: He has big play ability. Athletic – can make plays in and out of the pocket. Very good player with his feet.
Minny pass rush: It’s a key matchup today. We have to establish ourselves in the run and the play action.
OLine: You gotta play football. It’s starts with running the football, off of that play action. Sometimes guys have to win one on ones.
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – First Half:
Vikings win the toss and defer. Unusual for Packers to start the game on offense this year.
Packers showing a good amout of three-wide on the first series – Jennings is not in.
James Jones: ball thief…
Packers favorite play is without a doubt the free play…
Actually, I have a feeling this is the game Crosby gets back on track to being an average NFL kicker.
Aikman: “McCarthy is one of the most underrated play callers in the league.” Did you see last week, Troy? He has his ups and downs.
Jordy Nelson injures hamstring: Well maybe the number of “situations” Jennings will be used in just increased…
End of First Quarter: Packers 10 Vikings 0
If Brad Jones is paying attention, he stops that TD to Rudolph…
You mean we’re really not any better than handing off to Kuhn on 3rd and one again? SMH…
Instead of dumping off to Kuhn for 1st Down, Rodgers has to throw downfield and now the Packers punt. Rodgers Achilles heel, if he has one.
Peterson runs through the Packers defense and now the Vikes are up 14-10. I guess the “care level” wasn’t there on that play…
Things were looking so bright at 10-0. Packers their own worst enemies again…
Nothing drives me nuttier than the Packers giving the ball to the other team because they can’t run a decent third and short play.
Randall Cobb needs to stop looking to go backwards on punt returns.
Remember the slant pass? Vaguely, right? Will we ever see one again?
End of second quarter: Packers 14 Vikings 10
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – Second Half:
After another horrible tackling display, Ponder gifts the Packers an INT in the end zone. So… needed… that…
This game has done nothing to change my complaint all year about this offense. Packers keep giving the ball back to other teams instead of making short first downs. Throwing downfield instead of throwing for the first.
How can there be nobody getting open when Rodgers has the ball for 6-8 seconds? beyond me…
I’ve officially had enough of the Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn.. 1st and 20 handoff to the fullback?
Crosby makes one! I guarantee you, Mason Crosby just saved his job.. (then again, there’s still game left…)
Did House actually get there too soon on that blocked punt attempt? Looked liked the ball went behind his left hand…
When was the last time you saw a #Packers RB with a 20+ yd TD run?
This “defenseless receiver” stuff is just out of control. This isn’t football anymore.
End of third Quarter: Packers 20 Vikings 14
Packers running game best it’s been in a year. Consistent of all things…
Finally: A drive where the Packers are throwing just far enough to make the first downs on 3rd down. Result: Eating the clock.
This 11 minute drive is why you don’t keep taking shots downfield on 3rd downs. Just make the firsts, keep the ball, eat clock, let your D rest.
James Starks upended and his leg flys into a position legs are not supposed to. Would think he pulled something on that, but he seems OK.
Packers DL did it’s job today. Only successes by Peterson were missed tackles by the DBs if he got outside.
Packers should have another 2-3 interceptions. Seems like I say that every game.
Not a big fan of blitzing DBs into the middle of the line…
Wait, Packers aren’t the only team with kicker issues? (Vikings kicker misses field goal with 2 min left).
Final Score: Packers 23 Vikings 14——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.