It is safe to say the Green Bay Packers played their best game of the season on Monday Night Football against their division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers defeated the Vikings 45-7 at Lambeau Field.
The Packers offense continued to be a force, but the game was started off by a 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb. The return by Cobb gave the Packers an earl 7-0 lead. Cobb also became the first Packers rookie to ever return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same season.
After that it was smooth sailing for the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback was once again phenomenal for the Packers as he once again had a quarterback rating of over 100. He continues to have his record season as he threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns, bringing his season total to 28, while his interception total still remained at three.
Rodgers may be having one of the best, if not the best, season a quarterback could have. He has yet to have a game where he has a quarterback rating below 100, he has only thrown three interceptions, two of which were dropped passes which landed in the defenders hands. He has 28 touchdowns which is on pace to fall just short of quarterback Tom Brady’s record in a single season, but the thing about Rodgers is how he’s done it. Rodgers has an amazing completion percentage this season at 72.9%. This would be the NFL record in a single season if Rodgers is to keep up this type of play. He is already hands down the MVP of the season and we are only 9 games in.
People may say it is because of the weapons he has and in no way am I saying it is not, but maybe Rodgers is making his star cast of skill players even better? Rodgers may be the smartest player at the quarterback position.
Look at two plays in the Vikings game. First play which sticks out is the Packers are running a two-minute drill, but it does not look like they will do anything with a third down play, what does Rodgers do? He checks it down to running back James Starks who then runs out of bounds. Rodgers immediately runs over to him and tells he he should have stayed in bounds and make the Vikings burn a timeout. The thing which makes him a great player is he does not yell at the young running back, he simply tells him, hey next time lets stay in-bounds and make them burn a timeout. Other quarterbacks, such as Phillip Rivers or Brady will go and yell at the running back. Rodgers simply coaches him.
The second play the Packers are backed up inside their own 5-yard line. Rodgers drops back and is instantly being pressured, so he rolls out to his left and gets outside the tackle box and throws the ball away without taking the safety. Rodgers continues to show his athletic skills as well as his mental understanding of this game.
While Rodgers has been on fire, this game was about the defense. It only allowed seven points, which came on a short field due to Cobbs muffed punt. The important thing for the Packers defense was the fact they held the Vikings to 266 yards on offense and linebacker Clay Matthews III made his presence felt once again on the field recording two sacks. Its safe to say the bye week did some good things for the Packers defense.
And lastly, I would like to say I was pretty darn close with my prediction for the score being 45-13, got the Packers right, too bad the defense held the Vikings in check to just seven.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.