Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: 2013 Game 7
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The 1-5 Vikings host the 4-2 Packers in the teams’ first meeting of the season. Though the Packers have rebounded from a slow start and fight through a number of injuries to key starters, the Vikings just seem to be in shambles. Christian Ponder will start today after recently-signed Josh Freeman took the nod last week. Greg Jennings will want to light up his former team, especially after all of the controversial sound bites, and Adrian Peterson will want to get back to form after rushing for a total of only 90 yards across the past two games. On the other side of the ball, James Starks is back to possible spell Eddie Lacy in the ground game, while the Packers defense looks to maintain their dominance at the line.
Today’s captains for the Packers: – C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, DT Johnny Jolly, K Mason Crosby.
Inactives for today:
The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.
Green Bay Packers
25 CB James Nixon
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
59 LB Brad Jones
82 TE Ryan Taylor
88 TE Jermichael Finley
89 WR James Jones
Starting lineup changes: 81 Andrew Quarless will start at TE in place of Finley, 11 Jarrett Boykin at WR for J. Jones, 96 Mike Neal at OLB for Perry, 55 Andy Mulumba at OLB for Matthews, and 57 Jamari Lattimore at ILB for B. Jones.
12 QB Josh Freeman
27 CB Shaun Prater
40 FB Rhett Ellison
44 RB Matt Asiata
60 G Jeff Baca
83 WR Rodney Smith
91 DT Chase Baker
Recent success in Metrodome: Communication, verbal and visual. Have to be able to overcome it, especially in big situations.
Rivalries for fans vs. players: Players and coaches still feel rivalry. Not beneficial to get involved in emotions of it. Need to play emotionally, mentally disciplined.
Finley’s health: He’s getting better. Testing is still going on. No timetable at this point.
Bush, Hayward returning: Always want them involved on special teams. How Vikings play will determine Hayward’s participation.
James Starks returning: Would like to get him involved tonight.
Stars shining (Rodgers, Peterson): Can’t forget Jared Allen. Big time players make big plays in big games. Confident in our players over theirs.
Greg Jennings on tape: Different to play with three different quarterbacks. Tough on the perimeter guys, especially with timing. He looks good like always.
On Christian Ponder: Athletic, will enhance their QB-movement packages. Strong run game and him moving around is a good formula.
Vikings special teams touchdowns: Their returners have been very productive. Ball placement and coverage units have a big challenge. Our own return game needs to get going tonight.
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers defer and Patterson takes it to the house. If this is the only TD they give up, it won’t matter in the end.
Boykin responsible for the Packers’ first three first downs.
Those naked boot play actions don’t seem to be very effective this year.
Interesting to note how much they’re tossing the ball to Lacy rather than the traditional handoff.
Give Rodgers just one great receiver, and he’ll make you pay.
Patterson and Peterson are slippery. The defense needs to clamp down on tackling, and they’ll be forcing a lot of punts.
Packers continue to work their three wide receiver sets, despite injuries at the position.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 7 MIN 7
What was that? McCarthy totally showing his hand with seven offensive linemen on the field. Maybe it sets something up for later?
Rodgers with tons of time but no one to throw to. Takes a coverage sack and Crosby puts the Packers up 10-7.
Wasn’t lowering the head like that supposed to be a penalty for ball carriers?
Packers need to lock up their emotion and play with some discipline. Datone Jones gift-wraps 3 points for the Vikings.
McCarthy talked about Ponder’s mobility in the pre-game interview. So far it’s been bothersome, but not a huge problem.
White Lightning! How that throw and catch are made is beyond me… Rodgers and Nelson make it 17-10
Great discipline with the gaps on that play by Lattimore to stop Peterson.
Packers force Vikings to punt with 1:46 left in the half. They can double up on points here, since they deferred.
Hyde does his own Patterson impression and takes it to the house! Great return by the rookie.
A horrible pass interference call against Williams helps the Vikings get a touchdown in the final seconds of the half.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 24 MIN 17
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – Second Half:
Franklin replaced by Hyde on kickoff returns after making a few poor decisions.
Quarless makes a nice solid block on the DE to help Lacy get 10 yards and a first down.
Penalties are making this game closer than it should be so far.
Love Rodgers’ competitiveness and drive to get into the endzone, but I hate seeing him get piled on like that.
Mike Daniels is playing his butt off this year. Great sack on Ponder.
Rodgers isn’t sliding virtually at all tonight… Worries me.
WOW. How the heck did the Packers get that first down? Rodgers escapes a jersey grab and Boykin makes a great second effort after the catch.
Sitton = Thor’s before picture for Weight Watchers #JimmyFallon
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 31 MIN 17
When was the last time the Packers had two rushing TDs with two different running backs?
The Packers’ performance with all these injuries just goes to show how important it is for teams to put a lot of their stock into a Grade A quarterback.
Jamari Lattimore is going to make it hard for Brad Jones to come back from his injury and start.
And the Metrodome crown boos with a Vikings 3-and-out. Packers are owning this game completely now.
If I were McCarthy, I’d be resting Rodgers and Lacy at this point.
The Packers have not punted once in this game. Apparently it’s the first regular season game they’ve done this since December 1989. I was 7 years old.
Ponder scrambles for a 17-yard touchdown, but Nelson secures the onside kick, and Rodgers closes out the game in the victory formation. Lots of garbage time points in this one.
Final Score: GB 44 MIN 31