Well that was fun! The Vikings topped the Packers 34-31 on a game winning 29 yard field goal by Greg Joseph. Let’s take a deeper dive into this thrilling game.
Star Receivers. Justin Jefferson and Davante Adams absolutely balled out in this game. Both these receivers carried their respective offenses. Jefferson posted a stat line of 8 receptions, 169 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Adams posted a stat line of 7 receptions, 115 yards, and 2 touchdowns. The back and forth battle between these two superstars was awesome to watch. Both players made clutch plays down the stretch and put on an absolute show at the wide receiver position.
Quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins were phenomenal in this game. Both quarterbacks got the ball to their superstars and were able to put up a lot of points. Rodgers completed 23/33 passes for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. Cousins completed 24/35 passes for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns. Both quarterbacks were outstanding, which led to a very entertaining shootout in Minneapolis. This game felt like whoever had the ball last was going to win and that is because of how well both quarterbacks played. Cousins led the game-winning drive to top Rodgers in the end but both quarterbacks are winners after this game.
The NFC. Both the Vikings and Packers have a good chance to be playoff teams. If this game is any indication into how the NFC playoff race and playoffs themselves will be, sign me up. This game had everything you could ask for with electric offenses dueling but also respectable defense. The NFC wild card race is extremely tight and we can only hope that games down the stretch will be as good as this one.
Packers defensive encore. One week ago, the Packers shutout Russell Wilson and the Seahawks at home in a dominating 17-0 win. This week they couldn’t do very much defensively. The only plus was they almost forced two interceptions, but one was dropped and the other was called back due to roughing the passer. This defense went from dominant to got dominated in one week and they need to look themselves in the mirror and find out who they really are.
Mike Zimmer. Even in a win, Mike Zimmer was a loser today. The Vikings squandered yet another double digit lead in this game. Zimmer’s defense struggled mightily in the second half as Aaron Rodgers got hot. Zimmer repeatedly decided to try to blitz Aaron Rodgers and it back fired almost all afternoon. Rodgers picked apart the blitz and Zimmer refused to adjust. The Vikings are also a mess at the end of first halves as they have given up 59 points inside the last two minutes of the first half alone. That is due to poor game management by Mike Zimmer. Oh and to top it all off, Zimmer challenged the ruling on the field of a touchdown when the Vikings had a first and goal anyway. This team needs their head coach to be better in order to make a run for the playoffs.
Vikings: The Vikings travel to San Francisco next week in a massive game for the NFC wild card picture. Both teams are 5-5 and are competing for the last two spots in the playoffs. Kickoff is at 3:25 ET.
Packers: The Packers host the Rams back at home next week in a showdown of division leaders. Rodgers and Co. will look to get back on track in this showdown at Lambeau field. Kickoff is at 3:25 ET.
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