We did it, boys. It’s a Festivus miracle(up yours, PF4L): as the projected underdogs, the Green Bay Packers went to Minneapolis and defeated the over-hyped Minnesota Vikings in front of a crowd of Vikings fans that read at a 2nd grade level. Coach Matt LaFleur’s historic freshman run continues with the Packers winning the NFC North and adding his name to another list in the history books. Once again: with this win, and a win against the Detroit Lions next week, and a Seahawks win over the 49ers, the Packers, by some miracle, will be the #1 seed in the NFC going into the playoffs that includes a bye and home field advantage.
Instead of a strong first quarter and a decline the rest of the game, the Packers seemed to do the opposite with a continuously building momentum throughout the game. The Vikings’ man-to-man coverage seemed unyielding at first, but the Packers offense dominated the time of possession and quickly wore the Vikings defense down.
As expected, the key to winning was RB Aaron Jones being the reliable workhorse that he is with a respectable 154-yards rushing and two touchdowns. He continues to prove that he is one of the most underappreciated backs in the league when LaFleur is willing to utilize him. Following last night’s game, Jones now leads the NFL this season in rushing TDs with sixteen. His 19 total TDS also leads the league.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers got the job done, but we did see some of the same mistakes from recently: tunnel vision in the pocket and a pissy attitude when things didn’t go his way. He managed his third pick of the season by predictably targeting WR Davante Adams yet again. As someone mentioned in the comments: any half-ass defense is going to know how to take advantage of this tendency of his. It was a decent throw, but S Anthony Harris fooled Rodgers on the coverage and undercut the route and was there in front of Adams to make the pick. Rodgers targeted Adams with 42% of his passes thrown. The fact remains that, even when Rodgers is misfiring in a couple cylinders, he is still a damn fine QB.
WR Allen Lazard continued his rise while Marquez Valdes-Scantling failed to impress(although he was only targeted once). But if you read this site regularly, you already expected that because we told you that would happen. Any idiot can offer criticism after the fact, but recognizing patterns and relaying them to you is just one of the services we offer.
Lazard made some mistakes, including a 19-yarder that was brought back because he failed to secure it, but with his level of experience, you can not expect any more than he is giving. His routes have noticeably improved since early in the season and he continues to be a solid WR2 with both screen passes and the occasional deep threat. WR Geronimo Allison was mostly quiet (although he did recover a TE Jimmy Graham fumble and helped with a 2-point conversion catch), but WR Jake Kumerow, while not claiming any receptions, did manage a nice block to open a lane for RB Aaron Jones. Whatever it takes, man.
The Packers dominated the Vikings in time of possession (32:32 vs 22:28), 1st downs (22 vs 7), and total yards (383 vs 139). The Vikings offense is just plain bad without RB Dalvin Cook to lean on. I mentioned earlier in the season that burning his candle on both ends would bite them in the ass once this Packers/Vikings matchup came and that’s exactly what happened.
Packers’ defense showed up big time, especially in the second half. They managed 5 sacks against QB Kirk Cousins for a total loss of 40-yards. 3.5 of those sacks were by OLB Za’Darius Smith. While only forcing a single turnover, they brought relentless pressure to the overpaid quarterback who did not have his RB1 or RB2 to rely upon. The momentum of the game changed greatly with a pick by CB Kevin King in the third quarter in which he played the role more so of a safety that play. The Vikings offense just could not make it happen after that.
Final stats from Monday's victory.
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Shout out to Packers K Mason Crosby for being the reliable player that he is. Some nay-sayers predicted him being replaced during the previous offseason, but Crosby continues to prove them wrong.
Shout out to Mason for a missed PAT? Will let that one slide as it’s his first miss of the whole season and tonight’s FGs were clutch. Maybe he was pissed for being benched in favor of the 2pts.
Where is Killer? I would like to hear about how great his QB is playing from the Hormel Chili Dome turf. He almost had as many yards loss from being lead footed in the pocket as he did passing. This victory out of the whole season is the most satisfying.
A very merrry christmas? I think so:). ST still okay.Now tackling seems improved too. I even saw Peewee, I mean Teewee, making a nice tackle.
Another thing besides being healthy this year, no hammies. What has changed there?
Okay AR had some of his old habbits showing again but did I see a change? Like releasing the ball quicker sometimes?
Maybe even thrusting the play calling ?
Am I drunk? A tiny bit.
Happy holidays to you all.
I thought Rodgers made several throws into tight windows, and not all of them to Adams. Would love to see that continue.
I told you!
We’ll get ya next time.
Smell ya in 2020!
Just a shout out for the defense, Wow they looked nice.First time this year they played some smash mouth all together kick ass D. D-line really starting to come together, #94 has had a couple nice games the last 2 weeks. #55 is a beast.
This team is starting to peak at the right time. And healthy to go with it.
I can now confirm I will be in Miami for the Super Bowl and the Packers impending win in that game. Miami beach, Latin women, cocaine and the Packers. Its going to be a great Super Bowl week!
How about burning that timeout to prevent a delay of game and proceeding with a a terrible throw the next play. 12 had a good drive up to that point but the running down the playclock/burning timeouts to prevent delay of game was big10 tier football not 40 mill a year QB play
Reminded me of mcgravy packers.
After over a decade of doing things one way, every single detail will not all change in 1 (off) season. It’s a process of the progression starting over.
I don’t know if i’ve ever seen a 12-3 team bitched about as much as this team.
Your right Stig….That’s not the play of a 40 mill/year QB. When he, or anyone else makes 40 mill/year, how about we discuss it then.
Stiggy makes a good observation. Shockingly, so does Piffle. (This one time) A whole lot of bitching. Very true. What Piffle fails to take into account is that this is the worst 12-3 team in history so it is only logical for it to have the highest amount of bitching. Plus, Packers fans, naturally bitchy, multiply that by five.
And they beat the queens, so does that mean the queens are the worst 10-5 team ever?
Lonely Boy, Kato asked you a question, don’t be rude.
Go home killer. I don’t recall any calls going the Packers way, if anything they kept the flags in their pockets and let the teams play
They “missed” the PI against Diggs on the deep interception that Cousins threw. Would have been a long bomb completion if not for that. They also missed another Packer defender’s interference on another play and about a dozen holding calls on the Packers offensive line. A few were really obvious with Vikings players jerseys stretched behind them. The call on Riley Reiff on Cousins’ deep ball TD to O. Johnson that was called back was actually a good and true penalty. It’s just that Packers linemen did the same or worse repeatedly without consequence.
Just to recap, I did not say (as Piffle claims) before the game that I thought the refs for sure would steal this game for the Packers. The M.O. is for them to do that during Packer home games, especially with division opponents. The Eagles proved a team can still win despite ref help to the Packers but obviously it is a steeper hill to climb.
The phrase “they kept the flags in their pockets and let the teams play” by the way actually means “let the teams cheat”. However, I saw no cheats by the Vikings or any fouls not called. So, in this case, it means they let the Packers cheat as I illuminated above. You made that statement like it is a positive or proof of no wrong and it isn’t either one.
What was the name of the guy from the Eagles who put Williams out of the game?… I guess the refs were for Philly for one play that night??… laffable…
Again, serious question, are you retarded?
“Just to recap, I did not say (as Piffle claims) before the game that I thought the refs for sure would steal this game for the Packers. It’s just something i’m constantly bringing up”. – Lonely Boy
“How do you like that?” – Kirk Cousins (probably)
All pre-game and during the game, ESPN was all about the Vikings. Super-player this guy, world-beater that guy. For the Packers it was, weakness here, mistake there.
I loved shutting up those idiots.
Thank god Steve Young picked the Pack
Deepsky… I was thinking the same thing!…
Interesting too that when Davante Adams went down, the Packers offense actually got better. When the Vikings best player is out, they look like the worst team in the league.
WOW…..Game ball to everyone on defense, 5 of them to Z. Smith. I liked that Booger gave a shout out to Pettine, it was well deserved. Even T Willy had a pretty good game, hustling, playing tight coverage. King…nice pick.
That performance went opposite of what i thought would happen. Green Bay dominated at the line of scrimmage, especially on D. One hell of a performance i didn’t see coming. It kind of reminded me of the first 3 weeks of the season.
Now listen……I GOT A PROBLEM WITH THESE PEOPLE!!
I don’t know why people don’t bring this up, but Rodgers needs to wake up and start playing ball. Stop f’king throwing behind your receiver…just stop it. Throw it on the numbers, throw it where they don’t have to break stride. It’s pissing me the f off. I might be forced to go up and hunt him down, i’ll look for him, wherever. I don’t care if i find him with Danica out at a fancy restaurant like Red Lobster, i’ll go get in his face people.
Jimmy Graham….eat a dick. Is this game new to you son? If your near the sideline or someone’s coming at you, protect the football. Put the rock in your left hand (away from the defender), you had all the time in the world, but no….leave it in the right and have it punched out for a fumble. You play like you don’t G A F.
I hope your new helicopter that you bought with your 5 million dollar bonus goes down. Too harsh? (i’m a bad man people)
I thought Martelus Bennett was the most useless. Jimmy Graham made it a two way tie.
WE’RE BRINGING THE LAFLEUR TROPHY BACK HOME TO LAFLEUR FIELD!!!!
Kumerow actually had a pretty nice reception, where he pushed defenders back for more YAC.
Also, based on what I saw in the locker room celebration, with Rodgers picking LaFleur up, I think it is safe to say the Rodgers/LaFleur relationship was the biggest non story of the off-season
If you remembered, that non story BS bothered me to no end. you might recall when i said everyone saying that shit never met them, and don’t know either of them, and are not there with them.
Gary Ellerson…everyday saying that shit on The Fan…seriously, every fucking day. Now all you hear from him is crikets.
Can’t stand that dude. I barely ever listen to their show anymore.
Rob Parker was going off on the Dan Patrick Show this morning talking about how good the Packers are. He was at point shouting about it, ha. Nice to finally hear some national media guys actually say it.
Rob parker is always going for the pack. Love rob but hes basically a cooler skip bayless.