Packers survive Vikings, win moves Pack to 8-4
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~Morgan Burnett picked off the abysmal Christian Ponder twice, including once in the end zone, and the Packers withstood a sputtering offense by grinding out a 23-147 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The win gives the Packers an 8-4 record and either ties them with the Bears for the division lead, or keeps them a game back. Chicago was in big trouble at home versus Seattle at time of writing. Seattle had the game won late, but the Bears got a hail mary catch by Brandon Marshall to setup a field goal attempt by Robbie Gould, which he nailed to force overtime.
The Packers welcomed wide receiver Greg Jennings back for the first time in two months, but Jordy Nelson responded by re-tweaking his hamstring in the first quarter and never returning. Like Clay Matthews and his hamstring, these conditioning issues with the hamstrings are proving to be extremely disruptive and problematic issues.
Adrian Peterson torched the Packers for 210 yards rushing Sunday but it wasn’t enough as Ponder and his wide receivers were atrocious.
No wide receiver even caught a pass for the Vikings until a few minutes were left in the game when Jerome Simpson finally got on the board with the Packers up by 9.
For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers was decent to solid, other than a horrible throw on a flea-flicker that was an easy interception. Rodgers finished 27/35 for 286 yards. He had one touchdown early on a great leaping catch by James Jones on a free play as the Vikings were flagged for offside. The most surprising thing was that the Packers ground game was solid as James Starks and Alex Green combined to chew up 124 yards on 27 carries. Starks gave the Packers a lead at 20-14 late in the third quarter with a 22-yard run around the right side.
3:20 CST update:
Russell Wilson just threw a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice in overtime to give the Seahawks a 23-17 win over the Bears and give the Packers a temporary lead in the division based on the tiebreaker head to head win over Chicago in week two.