Packers defeat Vikings, move to 5-2
By Brian E Murphy. PackersInsider.com senior editor
~The Packers soft special teams started the game letting Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson return the opening kickoff back 109 yards for an NFL record and a quick 7-0 deficit.
After that, Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson took over.
Despite playing with just one regular starter among Rodgers’ weapons, he carved the Vikings up.
Rodgers finished the night with an efficient 24/29, 285 yard, TD performance and a 130.6 passer rating.
Nelson was only thrown to eight times, but he caught seven of them for 123 yards, and two touchdowns. He scored the Packers first touchdown to even the score at 7-7, despite having one arm grabbed all the way across the end zone and getting no flag thrown.
His second touchdown came with just under four minutes to go in the first half, on a slant in he caught at his own 35 yard line, and he broke a Chad Greenway tackle and outraced the defense for a 76-yard score. It made the score 17-0.
A stop later, Micah Hyde took the punt and raced 93 yards for a Packers kick return touchdown and a 24-10 lead.
Eddie Lacy and James Starks each scored a rushing touchdown in the second half, as the two combined for 151 yards on 36 carries.
Second year defensive tackle Mike Daniels, out of Iowa, had two sacks on Ponder.
Jarrett Boykin and Myles White each had five receptions, with Boykin gaining 89 yards.
The Packers defense held Adrian Peterson to 60 yards rushing on just 13 carries.
Once again, however, Dom Capers’ defense was unable to produce any turnovers.
Next up is Chicago. Jay Cutler is usually very generous with the ball for Packer DB’s, but Cutler is out for a few more weeks, so the Packer defense is going to have to earn their interceptions still.