We’ve just arrived back at Winter Park after quick flight home from Green Bay following the tough 28-24 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field. It’s a hard one to take because there were so many opportunities lost – or taken away from us – and we had the ball with a good chance to win it at the end.
Another reason I’m especially loathing this loss is because of all the good things the Vikings did in a tough environment. Adrian Peterson made mincemeat out of Green Bay’s defense, carving them up for 131 yards and a TD on 28 carries plus 41 yards receiving on 2 catches. That adds up to 172 yards on 30 touches (5.7 yards per touch). Percy Harvin displayed his versatility, hauling in 5 receptions for 65 yards while also gaining 41 yards rushing and 1 TD on 3 attempts and tallying 81 kickoff return yards on 3 tries.
WR Randy Moss found the endzone, RB Toby Gerhart had his best performance since being drafted by the Vikings last April, the special teams unit was solid again, the defense held Donald Driver catchless and Green Bay averaged just 3.7 yards per rush.
But it all adds up to a loss. QB Brett Favre, as good as he was in leading the team down the field in the final minutes, had 3 INTs and one of them was returned for a TD. Green Bay scored 14 points off of those 3 INTs and the Vikings had several other opportunities slip through their fingers. TE Visanthe Shiancoe had a TD reception called back after it was challenged, Harvin had 2 TDs taken away from him and I’ve been told by several people that Green Bay’s 2nd-quarter TD should not have counted.
I’m sure we’ll re-hash the game over-and-over again over the next day or so, but the bottom line is the Vikings are a 2-4 football team that must travel to see the New England Patriots next week in what will be another crucial game as the Vikings try to get out of this funk.
I’m heading home to get some rest for now, but I’ll be back in the morning with another edition of the Monday Morning Mailbag and with several other blog entries. It’ll be painful for a while, but we’ll get over this loss and then get on to figuring out how to defeat the Patriots, a team that is playing very well right now and features one of the best head coaches (Bill Belichick) and QBs (Tom Brady) in the NFL.
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Vikings QB Brett Favre made a point to redeem himself after throwing a pair of INTs that resulted in Packers TDs. The 20-year veteran found Randy Moss for a 4-yard TD pass to end a 6-play, 58-yard scoring drive that lasted 3:33.
The Packers lead the Vikings 28-24 late in the 3rd quarter.
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The Packers opened the 2nd half with a quick 3-and-out, but managed to take advantage of a Brett Favre INT on the ensuing series. On 3rd-and-4 at midfield, Favre was pressured by the Packers defense to move up in the pocket and was picked off by LB A.J. Hawk.
Following the Hawk INT, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers found WR Greg Jennings for a 14-yard TD reception at the 8:49 mark of the 3rd quarter.
The Vikings 2nd play after the Jennings TD resulted in Favre’s 2nd INT of the game with CB Desmond Bishop jumping in front of a pass intended for Randy Moss – Bishop returned the INT for a 32-yard TD.
The Packers lead the Vikings 28-17 late in the 3rd quarter with the Vikings threatening in Green Bay territory.
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In a back-and-forth battle between 2 NFC North divisional foes, the Vikings entered the locker room at half time with a 17-14 lead over the Green Bay Packers.
Vikings WR and KR Percy Harvin has continued to solidify his standing as one of the most versatile players in the league with a 48-yard kick return and a 17-yard TD run. Harvin has 41 yards rushing and 81 yards returning kickoffs for 109 all-purpose yards.
In his 2nd game at Lambeau Field as a visitor, Vikings QB Brett Favre has completed 6 of 11 passes for 70 yards. Adrian Peterson has establish the rushing attack with 14 carries for 68 yards and a TD.
The Vikings defense came up big in the 1st half with 2 INTs deep in their own territory. DE Jared Allen picked off Packers QB Aaron Rodgers at the 18 and S Madieu Williams came down with another Rodgers INT in the Vikings endzone. On the Williams INT, CB Frank Walker covered Packers WR Greg Jennings down the right sideline and the bobbled pass ended up in the arms of Williams for a touchback.
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The Vikings took their 1st lead of the game after a 28-yard FG by K Ryan Longwell. Visanthe Shiancoe appeared to have a 17-yard TD reception from Brett Favre 3 plays prior to the FG, but the play was challenged by Green Bay and eventually overturned with the Vikings TE said to not have possession of the football.
The Vikings currently hold a 3-point lead at the 2-minute warning.
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Following Percy Harvin‘s TD run for the Vikings, Green Bay quickly drove the field on a 5-play, 79-yard scoring drive that ended with a 9-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to Andrew Quarless.
On the ensuing series, the Vikings responded with a 9-play, 76-yard scoring drive. Harvin scored on a 13-yard run off the right side but the play was eventually overturned with Harvin stepping out of bounds at the 1. The next play saw Adrian Peterson score on a 1-yard TD run.
The score is tied at 14 in the 2nd quarter.
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The Green Bay Packers put the 1st points of the game on the scoreboard with a 1-yard TD plunge from RB Brandon Jackson. The scoring drive lasted just 2:28 on 4 plays for 76 yards and was highlighted by a pair of long passing plays from QB Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings and James Jones for 24 and 45 yards, respectively.
The Vikings first 2 drives resulted in quick 3-and-outs, but the Purple flipped the field position after a 48-yard kick return by Percy Harvin following the Green Bay score – 7 plays later, Harvin found the endzone on a 17-yard TD run through the middle of the Packer defense.
At the end of the 1st quarter, the Packers and Vikings are knotted up at 7 with the Packers threatening to score at the MIN 11.
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Here are the Vikings inactive players for tonight’s game against the Packers:
QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), WR Hank Baskett, CB Lito Sheppard, RB Albert Young, S Husain Abdullah, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare, and DT Fred Evans.
Also, S Tyrell Johnson will start in place of Abdullah, though Head Coach Brad Childress said on Friday that he expects both Johnson and S Jamarca Sanford to see playing time tonight.
Here are Green Bay’s inactives: FB Q. Johnson, LB Brady Poppinga, LB Maurice Simpkins, T Mark Tauscher, G Nick McDonald, G/T Marshall Newhouse, DE Mike Neal & DE Michael Montgomery.
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The early set of buses carrying Vikings team personnel has arrived and everyone is getting settled in here at Lambeau Field. Current weather conditions include mostly cloudy skies with a temperature of 61 degrees and a 60% chance of rain tonight.
We’ll continue to provide updates leading up to the game, including an announcement of the game’s inactive players just after 6:00 p.m. CT. The live chat will start just before kickoff, so be sure to join us for that as well, which you can do by clicking here.
There were some positive developments in the NFC today for the Vikings. NFC North leader Chicago lost again at home, this time to the Washington Redskins by a score of 17-14. Bears QB Jay Cutler threw 4 INTs to Washington CB DeAngelo Hall and when Cutler wasn’t throwing INTs he was being sacked, as Washington dropped him 4 times behind the line of scrimmage.
Other NFC foes to go down earlier today include the New Orleans Saints (lost at home to Cleveland) and Philadelphia (lost 37-19 at Tennessee).
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The Vikings and Packers don’t kickoff until 7:30 p.m. CT tonight, which gives you an afternoon full of other NFL action to watch. There is one other game in the NFC North this afternoon, with the Detroit Lions on a bye week and the Chicago Bears hosting the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field.
Another nice game is the Philadelphia Eagles playing at the Tennessee Titans and it will also be fun to watch the New England Patriots take on the banged up San Diego Chargers.
But through it all, I know you’re mind will be on the Vikings as the get set to take on the Packers. So while you’re watching all the other NFL action on Sunday, here are a few things to watch for tonight during the Vikings-Packers game…
– If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 25th regular season win since 2008.
— If the Vikings win, it will be head coach Brad Childress’ 40th team victory (including playoff s).
— The Vikings have now scored 20+ points in each of the last 3 games after scoring just 19 combined points over the first 2 contests.
— The Vikings defense has given up just 8 offensive TDs through the first 5 games. Opponents have scored just 74 offensive points, the 2nd-fewest in the NFL.
— The Vikings average starting position after kickoff s is just over the 32-yard line (32.2), the 4th best in the league through the first 6 weeks.
— In his last 6 quarters, QB Brett Favre has thrown for 351 yards, with 4 TDs and 1 INT, and a passer rating of 99.09.
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