Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: 2014 Game 5 (Packers 42, Vikings 10)
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
The Packers return home a .500 team looking to build on their strong second half against the Bears.
All week, talk has been about the running game – on both sides of the ball.
Teddy Bridgewater, who led the Vikings to victory over the Falcons last week, is not ready to play after suffering an ankle injury in that game. Christian Ponder will start.
Tonight’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Davon House (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
58 LB Sam Barrington
72 C Garth Gerhart
93 DL Josh Boyd
57 LB Jamari Lattimore will start for 59 LB Brad Jones, who is active after missing the last three games.
5 QB Teddy Bridgewater
52 LB Chad Greenway
58 LB Brandon Watts
66 G David Yankey
72 G Austin Wentworth
82 TE Kyle Rudolph
95 DE Scott Crichton
Bridgewater out: We kind of felt all week it was going to be Ponder.
Cordarelle Patterson: Unique to have a high-cut long-striding player like him returning kicks. An exceptional athlete…anytime he touches the ball, he has the ability to take it to the end zone
Packers run defense: Formations you happen to line up in are part of the game – at the end of the day, you have to run your assignments. They did some good things schematically and we’ve gone over those things in this short wee.
Mike Zimmer: Mike’s very good at what he does. has been for a long time. he challenges you, his guys always come hard, pursue
Offense success: We found our tempo and rhythm., Aaron did a great job at the line of scrimmage with getting the play off quickly and making adjustments. Big play production was obviously key When you don’t punt, it’s a good day.
Running game: Every year I have to go through this. I’m sick and tired of the negative focus on everything. Let’s be real, Eddie Lacy is a good football player. When he gets his touches and Starks gets his touches, I’m confidant everything will be fine
Big game? 3rd division game in however many days. We did a good job scheduleing to make sure our guys are freesh and ready to go.
Jordy: He spoils you – this is Jordy. He’s getting more opportunities and he’s just taking advantage of it.
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and elect to receive.
Lacy hits hole and plows over a few guys on his first carry for 5 yards.
Packers three and out and Masthay punts. First time since Detroit game.
Packers getting good pressure and penetration right away. Datone Jones draws a holding penalty. Three and out for Minnesota.
Return of the Road Grader – Little hesitation from Lacy tonight. Four carries, 58 yards.\
Asiata is a helluva fullback for a halfback. Feet never stop churning.
Morgan Burnett with a couple of really nice, aggressive tackles already. Had to double-check the jersey number both times.
Rodgers to Nelson on that classic (from 2 years ago) play action double-move post for a TD. Wow – don’t know if Nelson has ever been more wide open on that play…
Packers defense having one of those games where everyone’s flying to the ball. If they could only bottle that…
Do you EVER have any doubt the #Packers are handing the ball off on 2nd and 10? Ever? You think the defenses know? Um, yes… Lacy bottled up for loss…
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 14 MIN 0
Never understand tossing it back 5 yards on third and 1.
OMG a screen on 2nd and 10. Even though it didn’t work – Thanks Mike!!!
Julius Peppers in coverage, takes a deflected pass to the house. Ran like a linebacker. LAMBEAU LEAP!
Love me some Luther Robinson, just called up from the practice squad. Big, aggressive – tipped the pass that Peppers picks off.
And on the very next series… Luther Robinson again in Ponder’s face. Another INT, this time by Lattimore.
Robinson playing in because Datone Jones injured an ankle and is doubtful to return.
Casey Hayward recovers a fumble caused by Morgan Burnett. three straight turnovers.
OK, so why won’t Rodgers just throw it over Starks’ head out of bounds and avoid the sack. why? why? why?
Score at end of 1st half: GB 28 MIN 00
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – Second Half:
Packers were only 1 for 6 on third downs in the first half. Viking defense is better than the turnover-helped score indicates.
Greg Jennings – 0 catches in the first half.
Lacy with a “Starks-like” cutback. Plant your foot and go. nice…
Jennings and Patterson look like they want no part of playing football tonight. Half-hearted efforts. If I were Zimmer, I’d sit them both down.
Packers threw to Lacy with great success in pre-season. Had mostly been forgotten until tonight. It’s a defense-crusher.
Lacy now bulldozing and running through people. Scary sight for defensive backs.
Jennings draws some hearty boos as he pulls in his first catch with the score 42-0.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 42 MIN 00
Vikings driving into Packers territory for first time all game, as Packers defense look “relaxed”
Rodgers takes a seat, as does Lacy, Cobb and Nelson. Jeff Janis in.
Flynn’s first pass of the season is an… interception.
On next play, former Packers draft pick Charles Johnson almost pulls in a 30yd TD from Ponder. Couldn’t get both feet in.
Janis with his first NFL reception, a 9 yard catch on 3rd and five.
Not much left to say – at this point it’s like watching the last quarter of a preseason game.
Final Score: GB 42 MIN 10
Regardless of how well the Packers do, will just never understand some things MM does – especially when they continue to not work.
If you needed any more evidence of the freak athlete Peppers is (even at his age), hopefully that INT return did it for you.
Both Peppers and Adams had to be reminded about the Lambeau Leap. Newbs…
Seems like Letroy Guion found some mojo in Minnesota tonight. Perhaps we can get him a purple visor so every team looks like the Vikes?
And how about Luther Robinson. Signed from the practice squad today, ends up with meaningful snaps when Datone Jones gets hurt. I really liked this kid in preseason. Was thrilled when he was signed to the practice squad.
Early in the game, there were huge holes for Lacy. In the second half he was making his own yards with pure effort. This was missing in 2014. Was it just a confidence thing?——————
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.