Five More Thoughts on Packers Win Over Vikings

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Now that the dust has settled and the hangover has worn off, here are five more thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Jermichael Finley is back… maybe
For the third week in a row, tight end Jermichael Finley has actually caught some balls and made some plays. Yeah, he gets way too excited when he catches a ball, but it’s good to see Finley is more than the afterthought he was earlier in the season. On Sunday, Finley had six catches for 60 yards. The six catches tied him for the team lead. He had 51 and 66 yards the two weeks prior to that. Hopefully, this continues to be the trend.

Welcome back Greg Jennings
He wasn’t a monster, but it was good to have Greg Jennings on the field again, particularly after Jordy Nelson got hurt. Jennings caught four balls for 46 yards. The 46 yards represent a season high for Jennings. It will be nice to have this guy for the stretch run because opposing defenses have to pay attention to him.

Hello, Don Barclay!
We wondered what would happen when this day came — when another offensive lineman got injured. The Packers had two undrafted rookies as backups. Well, T.J. Lang got hurt on Sunday and the Packers had to turn to one of those guys — Don Barclay — to fill in at right tackle. It wasn’t nearly the disaster we expected it to be. The Packers compensated in the passing game by getting rid of the ball quicker. However, in the running game, Barclay actually looked better than Lang. The Packers had no qualms about running to the right side and had a good deal of success doing so. Maybe the Packers found another undrafted gem when they found Barclay.

It’s official: Packers run defense is terrible
They got pounded by the New York Giants for 148 yards last week. What did they do for an encore? Gave up 210 to Adrian Peterson. Yeah, it’s Adrian Peterson, but there are some real issues here. Tackling is chief among them. The Packers, particularly the defensive backs, need to learn how to wrap up. Fortunately, there’s some hope for improvement. Getting Clay Matthews, C.J. Wilson and Charles Woodson back should help.

The Vikings are who we thought they were
One dimensional. Peterson is the only reason the Vikings have six wins on the season. He had more yards rushing than Christian Ponder had passing on Sunday. Ponder finished with just 119 yards and threw two picks. Certainly, playing without Percy Harvin was an issue, but good players compensate. Now, the Vikings are back to .500 and out of the division race, which is where they belong.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

13 Comments on "Five More Thoughts on Packers Win Over Vikings"

  1. Packer Bob

    Throwing the ball to Finley more is a smart move. Facing cover two defenses is forcing the Packer to make shorter underneath passes. When he catches the ball Finley is almost impossible to cover. I would expect to see a lot more of Finley in the next couple weeks. Between him and Cobb the passing game could really get back on track.

  2. Pack Lethal

    I see there is someone (probably a ViQueens fan living in Minnesota) on here impersonating me, using low intelligence & an occasional insult, & I would like him/her to stop & fuck off!!

    • Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus

      Here’s another name you can steal “Cry Me A River” Being the name robber that you are you should have no problems with nabbing this one. Then you can tell all the Packer fans how the Fail Mary was a legitimate catch by Tate, and how you want to debate everyone on Total Packers.

  3. Shawn Iltarion

    1) Throw the jump ball to James Jones more often.
    2) Morgan Burnett, welcome to the party, pal!
    3) Clay Matthews- where oh where art thou? Your month of rest is over.
    4) AP’s performance is overblown. He got 154 yards on 3 carries, and 56 yards on the 18 others. The Vikings would have been better off if he was steadily ripping off 6 yard runs rather than his 3 bursts. His two long runs helped the Packers dominate time of possession.
    5)The Packers appear to have caught the disease where if Greg Jennings is on the field, then Jordy Nelson can not be, and vice versa.

    • PackAttack

      1) Agreed
      2) He’s playing well. Should be a better secondary when Woodson/Shields return
      3) He’ll be good
      4) Agreed
      5) Agreed – Anyone else think this training/medical staff is the culprit? How does Greg Jennings go from week to week to surgery? Cedric Benson from “possible week 13 return” to IR (this move could end up killing GB) and now Nelson is continually hurt?

      This medical staff is pathetic. There isn’t any other way to say it.

    • Adam

      During halftime of the MNF game tonight, Jordy has already been ruled out this Sunday with… wait for it… a hamstring injury.

  4. rebelgb

    I hated Detroit but absolutely loved watching Barry Sanders as a kid/teen. Even when he was playing the Packers. Same is true for AP. This guy is a fucking beast. Pretty good human being too from what i hear. What a fucking shame that like Sanders; AP is destined to waste his entire career in a SHIT organization…..

    • Dave

      agreed, you can’t help but respect the heck outta the guy as well as love to watch him run. Iltarion raises a good point, the media talks 10yd per carry as if he was getting 1st down’s on every run, this was not the case.

  5. David

    If he wanted out… instead of his 7 year 100+ million contract extension… he could have done it. He’s stuck there now.

    September 11, 2011

    Peterson agreed Saturday to a contract extension with the Vikings that includes $36 million in guaranteed money and as much as $100 million over the next seven years if he plays that long with Minnesota. A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Peterson will receive $40 million over the first three years of the deal.

    Peterson also will get $1 million each time he rushes for at least 1,250 yards, a source familiar with the contract told ESPN’s Schefter. Peterson has done that in each of his first four seasons, when the fewest rushing yards he had in any season was 1,298. Under the terms of his contract, Peterson can do this three times for $3 million total. He also has another $1 million in incentives based on the Vikings’ regular-season and playoff results over the life of the contract.

  6. Cry Me A River

    Mr. Twin Cities Himself,
    For the record, once you log in under my name & regardless of whether you make a stupid post, it is no longer my name, it is yours! I then am forced to seek a new name, in this case I chose one that has been abandoned due to cowardice. I will bring honor to my new name & have been posting with it for weeks now. As for the “Fail Mary” call, many calls went for & against each team. Refs gave & took away that game. Every team has had a “worst call ever.” Suck it up, be a man & quit bitching about it. Look to the present & the future where the real probability of the Packers winning out, impact players returning in time & GB making a serious Playoff run.

    I do apologize for logging in under your new name but I wanted to get the record straight between you & me……. I will not log in under your “Cry Me A River” name again!

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