A bad combination of starting slowly and watching the defending Super Bowl champions continue their undefeated roll this season resulted in a 45-7 loss for the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Monday night. The loss improves Green Bay’s record to 9-0 and drops the Vikings 2-7.
Green Bay struck first in the game, taking a 7-0 lead on an 80-yard punt return by Randall Cobb after the Vikings first offensive possession. The Vikings offense was not able to respond, and eventually the Packers offense, led by MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers, scored a TD on a 24-yard pass to WR Greg Jennings. K Mason Crosby tacked on a FG later in the 2nd quarter, and the Packers led 17-0 at halftime. The Vikings had a scoring opportunity when K Ryan Longwell attempted and made what would’ve been a 47-yard try, but an offsides penalty negated the FG and forced Longwell to try one from 52; that attempt fell short.
The defensive effort by the Vikings was solid in the 1st half, as they yielded just 150 net yards and 10 points to the most explosive offense in the NFL. Also, DE Jared Allen extended his consecutive games with at least a .5 sack streak to 11 when he got to Rodgers in the 2nd half.
The 2nd half didn’t begin well for the Vikings, either, as Rodgers and Co. drove down the field on their first possession to score a TD. Rodgers hit WR Jordy Nelson for the score, pushing the lead to 24-0. The Vikings weren’t able to bite back, but Cobb fumbled Chris Kluwe’s punt and FB Ryan D’Imperio was there to recover. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson pranced into the end zone for the Vikings first score, cutting into the Packers lead and making the score 24-7.
As they always seem to do, though, the Packers offense responded. Following a kickoff return out to midfield, Rodgers drove the offense 50 yards in 5 plays and capped the drive by hitting FB John Kuhn for a TD, making the score 31-7.
Nelson would score again early in the final quarter, and then back-up QB Matt Flynn would run a touchdown in to make the final 45-7.
The Vikings host the Oakland Raiders at Mall of America Field on Sunday at Noon.
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