Hot start leads to win

Joe Zenzola
September 15, 2019 - 4:23 pm
© Benny Sieu | 2019 Sep 15

© Benny Sieu | 2019 Sep 15


By Daniel Plocher

The Green Bay Packers topped the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon after a quick start from Rodgers and the Packers' offense.

The Packers punched the Vikings defense in the mouth right away on the first drive as Rodgers' completed 39-yard pass to Davante Adams on the very first play of the game. Two plays later, the Green and Gold gained another 15-yards on a pitch to Aaron Jones as he broke a big run off to the outside of he Vikings defense. On the very next play, the Packers met paydirt after Rodgers completed a screen pass to Jamaal Williams and Williams took it to the house with a 15-yards passing touchdown. It was a quick and efficient 4 play, 75-yard drive to open up the ballgame for the Pack.

The Vikings responded with an 8 play, 46-yard drive, but failed to capitalize on any points as Dan Bailey missed a 47-yard field goal. 

On the Packers' second possession of the game, they took the Vikings defense right down the field once again. An 11 play, 63-yard drive ended in a touchdown for the Pack as Rodgers found Geronimo Allison for a 12-yard touchdown, giving Green Bay a 14-0 lead halfway through the first quarter.

Minnesota took the ball over at the 25 yard line and gained a first down after Kirk Cousins scrambled for a first down and fumbled the football, but the Vikings recoverd. The next play Cousins dropped back for a pass and was strip-sacked by Kenny Clark, and Packers' Dean Lowry recovered the fumble giving the ball right back to a red hot Matt Lafleur offense.

Once again, the Pack made fast work of another chance to grow their lead. They went 33 yards on four plays which was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown rush by Aaron Jones. The Packers led 21-0 at the start of the second quarter.

Down by three scores, Minnesota knew they had to respond, and they did just that on the second play of their next drive as Dalvin Cook took a handoff and broke it to the outside for a 75-yard touchdown run. Just like that, the Vikings were right back into the game.

The momentum rapidly swapped into the Vikings' hands after that big run, and it invigorated their defense. Geronimo Allison would be stripped of the football on the next Green and Gold drive after catching an 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers. The next five drives for Green Bay finished with four punts and a turnover on downs to conclude the first half offensively for the Packers.

But, the Packers' defense stood tall against an arsenal of talent from the Vikings' offense. Preston Smith picked off Cousins after Darnell Savage got his hand on the football. Later, after a 60-yard drive by the Vikings, the Packers gave up only a field goal as they went into halftime leading 21-10.

That second-half momentum for the Vikings defense rode into the second quarter as Minnesota forced five punts and forced a fumble on six Packers possesions. 

The Packers certainly didn't thrive, but they survived throughout the second half on both sides of the ball. After Rodgers fumbled the ball on a botched snap, the Viks took advantage with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Stephan Diggs. However, Diggs would get an unsportsmanlike conduct after the play and the Packers would block the longer extra point attempted by Dan Bailey. So, the Pack still led 21-16. 

The teams traded punts for the next 13 minutes of gameplay until the Vikings broke off a decent drive that had Minnesota threatening to take their first lead of the day. But, the defense forced a mistake from Cousins. The Vikings' QB rolled out right and forced a throw into the endzone that was picked off by Kevin King.

That play basically sealed the victory for the Packers as Cousins was rattled for he remainder of the game. 

The final from Lambeau: Packers 21, Vikings 16.