What We Learned Against the Vikings

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Many fans shrugged off the notion that last Sunday’s game versus the Vikings would be a trap game – but were unpleasantly surprised in the Packers’ narrow 24-21 win over Minnesota. Perhaps looking ahead to their Week 14 meeting with the Patriots, the Packers were surprised by their min-vikings-revolutiondivision rivals, nearly dropping an important in-division game that could have tie-breaker implications.

If it weren’t for the sporadic play of Teddy Bridgewater, the Packers might still share the NFC North lead with Detroit. Sluggish play from the Green Bay secondary gave Bridgewater a number of opportunities to move the chains and give Minnesota a lead – but the rookie failed to take advantage. With an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter, the defense failed to shut the door, allowing the Vikings to get within three and forcing the offense to chew up the remaining clock.

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The pass defense must shore up gaps before lining up against the Tom Brady and the league’s 6th-ranked passing attack on Sunday. The Packers are hopeful for a return by outside linebacker Nick Perry, who now plays a considerably more important role on defense after Clay Matthews’ move inside.

BearsWhile most would agree that the officiating in Sunday’s game was not up-to-par, the Packers were still guilty of undisciplined play throughout the game. Left tackle David Bakhtiari was flagged for holding on two different occasions while rookie cornerback Demitri Goodson committed the bonehead play of the game with early contact on Vikings return man Marcus Sherels during a punt.

Having lost some of the momentum gained coming off of the bye, the Packers now prepare for their most difficult home game of the season. The margin of error in this Sunday’s game versus New England is small and will not allow for the same eight penalties committed against Minnesota.

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  1.   October 19, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I’m glad that you didn’t minimize what Rivers accomplished on Sunday. He’s one of the best QBs of all time when he’s hot, his only weakness is consistency from game to game and, sometimes from 1 half to another. The Chargers successfully protected their devastated O-line with quick timing routes and limited run plays.

    Manning will be trying to do the same thing with a weaker arm (remains to be seen if he can), but I don’t think Newton’s offense can adjust in the same way. Carolina will likely stick to their read option with a hard to bring down QB, which creates a unique challenge for our D.

    The banged up Packers won a game that they’ve typically lost in the past, with lopsided time of possessions and the offense playing down to their opponents. That builds confidence in me, and hopefully in the team and coaches as well.

    Hard to count on having a healthy team by the end of the season. We’ve been banged up more than most teams by week 17, and this season appears to be on that same track. But the next man up philosophy, McCarthy’s involvement in all phases of the game, and the young talent on this team are all playing important roles in these wins. Regardless of who’s on the field, I’m feeling very good about our playoffs success this year. Go Pack go! 🙂

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