The Packers hosted the Vikings in a classic NFC North rivalry in week two of the NFL season. Minnesota was coming off a 28-12 win over Atlanta at home and the Packers took down the Bears by a 10-3 score on the road.
Getting off to a quick start, the Packers took the first possession of the game and marched 75 yards on four plays, culminating in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jamaal Williams. Controlling the game the entire quarter, Green Bay struck again with a 12-yard pass from Rodgers to Geronimo Allison to go up by 14 after the first quarter.
The Packers started the second quarter the way they started the game, going 33 yards on four plays, ending in an Aaron Jones two-yard touchdown run to go ahead 21-0. On the next possession, the Vikings struck quickly on a 75-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook to cut the lead to 21-7. A Dan Bailey field goal cut the lead to 21-10 at the half.
With the Packers’ offense continuing to sputter, the Vikings drew closer with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs. The PAT was blocked and the Packers lead was 21-16. The defenses took over forcing a combined nine punts. The Packers game up with an interception and a forced fumble at the end of the game to seal a 21-16 win.
For the Vikings, Cousins completed 14-of-32 for 230 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Cook led the rushing attack with 154 yards on 20 carries. Adam Thielen led the receivers with five catches for 75 yards.
Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Aaron Jones ran for 116 yards on 23 attempts and Davante Adams paced all players in receiving with seven catches for 106 yards.
A Look Ahead to Next Week
The Packers look to improve to 3-0 as they face the 0-2 Broncos next week at Lambeau Field. This game should in theory be a much easier one than the last two as the Packers are heavily favored by most betting outlets.
It is highly unlikely that the Denver Broncos are going to pose much of a threat — especially considering they will be playing at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Following week 2’s loss to the Chicago Bears, Broncos QB Joe Flacco was quoted as saying ‘[we] need to learn to win football games’. Yes, you do, Joe — just probably not this one against the Packers in Green Bay.
To be fair, the Broncos did manage 27 first downs against a Bears defense that the Packers only managed 13 against in week 1. They relied heavily on their passing game, but that is not likely a good strategy in Lambeau with the speed of the Packers’ secondary and with The Smiths bringing pressure. Darnell Savage left the previous game in a boot with trainers, but according to Rob Demovsky it was a precaution. Recent reports indicate it is a bone contusion, but he should be playing Sunday in some capacity. This is fantastic news as getting as much productivity from a rookie as they have so far has been a boon for the defense.