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The Packers trounced the Vikings 45-7 on Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field, emphatically extending their undefeated 9-0 start to the season while demoralizing and pushing the 2-7 Vikings even further into the depths of last place in the NFC North.
The game started with Randall Cobb returning a punt for a touchdown for the Packers following a three-and-out for Green Bay, foredooming the Vikings early on in a game that was nothing like the team's relatively competitive matchup in Minnesota earlier this season that Green Bay won 33-27.
Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect, tossing four touchdowns on 23-30 passing for 250 yards while Christian Ponder was perpetually off target, completing 16-34 with no touchdowns. Quarterback was not the only position of difference, but the contrast between Rodgers and Ponder summed things up well.
The Packers never looked back after scoring the first time they touched the ball, adding 14 points in the first, third, and fourth quarters in a rout of such proportions that even backup Matt Flynn orchestrated a drive that ended in him running in for a three-yard touchdown, a fitting finish to a truly forgetful night for the Vikings.
Yep, at least it's almost over.
The Minnesota Vikings are now even getting run over by the backups from the Green Bay Packers, as second-string quarterback Matt Flynn just moved the Packers downfield after coming in for Aaron Rodgers. On a third and short from the Minnesota 3-yard line, Flynn dropped back to pass and didn't see anyone open, so he just jogged into the end zone untouched for the touchdown. The drive went 66 yards in nine plays, taking 6:03 off of the clock as the Vikings' defense simply has no answer for anything that Green Bay does.
We're under five minutes remaining in Green Bay, and the Minnesota Vikings now trail the Green Bay Packers by a score of 44-7. We here at SB Nation Minnesota would like to thank all of you that have gotten your updates here through the course of the evening for your patronage. Really, it can only get better from here.
At least it's almost over.
The Green Bay Packers have scored again, after the Minnesota Vikings attempted to convert a fourth down and did not make the necessary yardage. As has been the case for most of the evening, the Packers' offense wasn't met with much resistance, and they went 59 yards in 11 plays for their latest touchdown. The recipient of this one was Jordy Nelson once again, his second of the evening coming from four yards away to extend the Green Bay lead to 38-7.
Christian Ponder and the Vikings are taking the field again, but this one is all but over. The offense just hasn't gotten much going this evening, with their only touchdown coming as a result of a Randall Cobb muff on a punt return and the Vikings had to go a mere 14 yards for the score.
With a little less than eleven minutes remaining in the game, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Green Bay Packers, 38-7.
Following a combined seven drives in a row that did not result in points for either team that spanned more than 14 minutes from early in the second quarter to early in the third quarter, Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 17-yard touchdown strike, Adrian Peterson ran right for a three-yard score, and then Rodgers struck again with a nine-yard throw to John Kuhn on consecutive drives.
Rodgers has picked apart Minnesota's defense, accumulating 229 yards on 19-24 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions, so even while the Packers have only rushed for 58 yards on 3.1 yards per carry, Green Bay's offense has run away with the game.
Peterson scored Minnesota's lone touchdown from three yards out after Randall Cobb's (who previously returned a punt for a touchdown in this game) muffed a punt and the Vikings recovered at the 17 yard-line of Green Bay. But Peterson only has 51 yards on 14 carries through three quarters.
The Minnesota Vikings haven't had a whole lot of highlights in their Monday Night Football match-up against the Green Bay Packers, but Adrian Peterson managed to find the end zone for the tenth time this season.
Don't believe me? Well, just lookie here.
As it stands now, the Packers are driving again, and they lead the Vikings by a score of 24-7. The game has been a little closer than the score would indicate, but you wouldn't know that from listening to the announcing crew from ESPN.
Like I advised earlier, find a feed from the Vikings' radio network somewhere, lest you vomit all over yourself and/or those around you listening to the. . ."commentary". . .from ESPN.
At the very least, the Minnesota Vikings won't get shut out this evening at Lambeau Field.
After what appeared to be a three-and-out for Minnesota, Chris Kluwe punted one in the direction of Randall Cobb. Cobb was thinking about running before he caught the ball, and muffed the return to put it on the ground. A member of the Vikings fell on it, and Minnesota was in business inside the Green Bay red zone.
From there, it took just two plays. The first play was an 11-yard flip to Percy Harvin to put the Vikings at the Green Bay 3-yard line, and Adrian Peterson took it in from there for his tenth rushing touchdown of the season. The score cut the deficit for the Vikings to 24-7.
Peterson has just 43 yards rushing, but fantasy players should be happy that their man found the end zone anyway.
Of course, Cobb has redeemed himself by returning the ensuing kickoff 67 yards, so it's entirely possible the Vikings might find themselves down by more again.
But, for now, with 8:41 left in the third quarter, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Green Bay Packers, 24-7.
The Green Bay Packers got the ball first to start the second half, and they faced little resistance in marching down the field and adding another touchdown.
The Vikings were offsides on the opening kickoff of the half, and after a second kick the Packers started at their own 31-yard line. The Packers moved down the field in eight plays in the 69-yard drive, including a conversion on 4th-and-2 to Jordy Nelson to keep their drive going. Aaron Rodgers found Nelson for the touchdown as well, as he caught a quick pass from Rodgers and stiff-armed Cedric Griffin all the way to the end zone for a 17-yard score.
The Vikings' defense actually hasn't been terrible for the most part this evening. The Packers have just made the plays when they've needed to, and Minnesota has not.
With ten minutes left in the third quarter at Lambeau Field, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Green Bay Packers by a score of 24-0.
The Packers scored in three very different ways and the Vikings did not score at all. And it is only halftime at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay is enjoying Monday Night Football much more than Minnesota with a 17-0 lead.
In the first quarter, Randall Cobb returned a punt for a touchdown the first time Green Bay touched the ball, Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Greg Jennings for the seventh time this season to complete an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive, and Mason Crosby kicked an easy 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Neither team scored during the final 12 minutes of the first half.
Minnesota has not been able to stop Green Bay's passing attack, as Rodgers is 13-16 with 145 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Christian Ponder is 9-17 for 102 yards and an interception.
To recap, here is how Minnesota's offensive drives ended in the first half: punt, punt, missed field goal (52 yards), interception, punt, punt (hence the "dancing" Packers fans above).
On a mildly bright note for the Vikings, Jared Allen racked up five tackles and was able to find his way to Aaron Rodgers, earning credit for one sack – the official scorer took away another -- and pushing his season total to 14. Michael Strahan holds the all-time record with 22.5 sacks.
The Minnesota Vikings had a fairly promising drive going, but managed to shoot themselves in the foot enough times to come out of it without any points.
Minnesota appeared to be on the verge of punting again, but Christian Ponder completed a very nice 34-yard pass to Visanthe Shiancoe to put the ball into Packer territory. After a long pass to Percy Harvin was negated by an offensive pass interference call, the Vikings moved closer to the goal line, but had to settle for a field goal attempt. Ryan Longwell had drilled a 47-yard attempt, but Fred Evans got called for a false start on the play. The attempt was moved five yards back, and Longwell was unable to convert from 52 yards out.
The Packers then drove into Minnesota territory again, and after converting a 4th and 5, stalled out inside the Minnesota 10-yard line. Green Bay settled for a 25-yard field goal attempt from Mason Crosby, which he hit to make the score 17-0, Green Bay.
We have 11:35 left in the first half of play from Lambeau Field, and it still isn't looking good for Minnesota.
After the first quarter, the 8-0 Packers hold a comfortable 14-0 lead over the Vikings at Lambeau Field. Green Bay started fast on Monday Night Football against the rival Vikings, scoring as soon as they touched the ball on an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Randall Cobb. For good (or bad, you might say) measure, they added another touchdown when Aaron Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on a 24-yard score.
The Packers won the coin toss but deferred to the Vikings. Green Bay’s defense, which came into the game under some scrutiny after allowing 38 and 27 points in the past two games, forced a three-and-out by the Vikings, and Cobb blew by Minnesota’s special teams to spur a perfect start for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Unlike the first touchdown, Green Bay’s next score was the result of a steady drive directed by Rodgers. The Packers ran 11 plays and went 70 yards in 4:53, culminating in a touchdown grab by Jennings. It was Jennings’ seventh touchdown catch of the season – the most on the Packers – and Rodgers’ 25th passing touchdown.
The only bit of good news for the Vikings ended with bad news: Christian Ponder was intercepted by Charles Woodson before having the call reversed (see footage above), but the final offensive drive of the quarter by the Vikings ended with a missed 52-yard field goal by former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell.
It's looking more and more like it's going to be a very long night for the Minnesota Vikings.
After having to punt again, the Packers took possession of the ball at their own 30-yard line. Even though the drive started with Jared Allen collecting another sack (giving him 13.5 on the year and a sack in 11 consecutive games), it wasn't enough to stop the Packers, who converted three third downs on the drive, and concluded things with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings. Mason Crosby's extra point gave the Packers a 14-0 lead, and we still have 5:02 left to play in the first quarter.
My advice, if at all possible, is to find your local Vikings' radio network affiliate or find a feed online or something and mute ESPN. Their commentary thus far is enough to induce vomiting for fans of the Minnesota Vikings.
You've been warned.
With 5:02 left in the first quarter, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Green Bay Packers, 14-0.
After failing to gain a first down on their opening possession, the Vikings punted the ball to Green Bay, and Chris Kluwe got off a booming 52-yard kick. Packers' rookie Randall Cobb fielded the punt at his own 21, and after avoiding one or two guys in white jerseys, went to the end zone basically untouched for a 79-yard score. Mason Crosby added the extra point for the Packers, and they take an early 7-0 lead.
The Packers won the toss and elected to defer, meaning the Vikings got the first possession. Strangely, the Packers elected to defend the end of the field that will have them going into the wind in the fourth quarter.
However, if things don't change course for the Vikings in short order, it won't matter which direction they're going in the fourth quarter. . .or any other quarter.
The Vikings have just punted again, and they trail the Packers, 7-0, midway through the first quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have both announced the players that will be inactive for their second match-up of the season on Monday Night Football. There weren't any surprises for those following this week's injury reports, but key offensive linemen from both teams won't be playing in the NFC North rivalry game.
Anthony Herrera is the biggest name out for the Vikings as the guard is still dealing with a knee injury, leaving Joe Berger as the starter. Cornerbacks Chris Cook and Brandon Burton, linebacker Xavier Adibi, tackle DeMarcus Love, wide receiver Stephen Burton and defensive end D'Aundre Reed round out the remaining players that won't be playing for Minnesota on Monday night.
The Packers will be missing starting left tackle once again this week as Chad Clifton continues to deal with a hamstring injury. The remaining players inactive for Green Bay will be linebackers Robert Francois, Jamari Lattimore and Frank Zombo, defensive end Mike Neal, offensive lineman Ray Dominguez and cornerback Davon House.
The Green Bay Packers are hosting the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field for Monday Night Football. As if there was anymore fuel needed for the fire, ESPN's expert odds makers have decided to weigh in on what they believe the betting lines might do leading up to kickoff.
Chad Millman, the Editor in Chief of ESPN The Magazine, does a weekly column where he asks some of the experts in Vegas about the lines for big games. Considering regular season games don't get much bigger than Monday Night Football, his team analyzed the Minnesota Vs. Green Bay line in Monday's column (ESPN Insider subscription required).
The game opened with the Packers favored to win by 13 points and the total score between both teams to equal an even 51 points. This likely won't make Minnesota fans happy -- especially those hoping for the upset -- but ESPN's current indications show the Packers covering the large spread.
"It's true that Minnesota put a scare into Green Bay already this season, and I rarely lay double digits in the NFL, especially in a divisional matchup, but I am confident Green Bay will take care of business tonight. Consider that the Packers average 35 points per game, and add in a few more because this is a home game. So figure Minnesota needs to score at least 24 points to cover, which seems unlikely to me. Lastly, I don't play totals until later in season, if at all, but the over is a solid play here."
The over is indeed an easy bet considering the game will probably end up being a shootout. It doesn't seem crazy that the Vikings might score more than 24 points, however, considering they scored 27 in the first match-up and the Packers defense hasn't looked impenetrable.
The last time the Minnesota Vikings took on the Green Bay Packers, they were giving rookie quarterback Christian Ponder his first NFL start - and the Vikings almost walked out of there with a win. Giving Green Bay perhaps their toughest test to date in some of the hardest circumstances to do so, the Vikings, despite their bad record on the season, are going to be confident. The game will be in Green Bay though, so it will certainly be a tougher test than when they played at home earlier in the season.
Green Bay is coming off a win over the San Diego Chargers in a game that could probably be classified as the second biggest test the Packers faced this year. San Diego kept pace for most of the game and actually would have out-gunned Green Bay if not for two Phillip Rivers interceptions that went back for touchdowns.
Game Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 14; 8:30 ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
TV Schedule: National, ESPN
TV Announcers: Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski
Radio Schedule: KFAN FM 100.3
Christian Ponder, the rookie out of Florida State University, will be making his third NFL start on Monday night at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. If you remember, Ponder made his first career NFL start vs. these same Packers Week 7 in Minnesota
In Ponder's first start, he played pretty well in front of the home crowd, but there's plenty of reason to believe that he won't repeat that performance. Numberfire.com suggests Ponder will have just over 200 yards and a touchdown in his rematch against the Packers.
Ponder threw two touchdowns and two picks against the Packers the first time around. The Packers typically give up a lot of points to opposing quarterbacks because they get up by so much that they force their opponents to throw a ton. At least that's what has happened in a handful of weeks this season, which is why the average points per game for Packers' opponents is over five points above the rest of the league's average.
You can do a lot better than Ponder this week, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could pick up some garbage points and, in turn, provide a fantasy team a serviceable week due to a need for a heavy pass attack.
When you have a running back like the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, you don't need to wonder if you should start him in fantasy -- you start him every day and twice on Sundays (if you can get away with that). Of course, just because the odds that Peterson is going to get 'his' are always pretty good, that doesn't stop owners from wondering exactly what kind of output he'll produce on a weekly basis.
Peterson ran for 175 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in Minnesota during Week 7. The Packers are one of the 10 teams in the NFL that Peterson averages over 100 yards rushing against throughout his career (109 yards per game) and in nine career games vs. the Packers, he also has six touchdowns.
The Packers run defense has allowed running games over 20 points in five of their eight games this year and have yet to to hold a running game under 15 points. They've been better against the run at home and maybe they're due to completely shut down an opposing team's running game, but you'd be a fool to bet that it'll be against Adrian Peterson.
The Green Bay Packers will continue their quest to go undefeated on Monday Night Football in a match-up with the Minnesota Vikings. That quest got a bit of a boost on Friday's injury report as it seems Clay Matthews should be healthy enough to go by the time the ESPN crew starts rolling on Monday.
Matthews ended up sitting out Thursday's practice due to a knee injury, but the linebacker returned to the field Friday -- albeit with limited availability.
The Minnesota Vikings are gearing up for one of their biggest games of the season as they face the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. The one thing they have going for them is an advantage on the injury report, though Friday's version wasn't quite as cheery as Thursday's looked.
Phil Loadholt was added, but only due to illness -- and apparently not a very serious one as he was a full participant -- while offensive guard Anthony Herrera was definitely ruled out for the Packers game. Head coach Leslie Frazier explained why during Friday's media availability.
"He's still making progress, but not to the point where we could say, 'OK, let's go out and try to do something,'" coach Leslie Frazier said. "They haven't cleared him to go out and try to participate even in practice, so we just have to wait."
Joe Berger will start in his place.
The Vikings entire injury report is included below.
|Cook, Chris||CB||Not Injury Related||DNP||Out||-||-|
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The Green Bay Packers are the heavy favorites for this weekend's game against the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries could ultimately play a crucial game during the Monday Night Football Game. The Packers released their first injury report of the week on Thursday, and unlike the Vikings, they have a multitude of key injuries.
The Packers have already ruled out two key contributors as linebacker Frank Zombo and left tackle Chad Clifton will definitely not play on Monday against the Vikings. Along with those two, however, Clay Matthews was also held out due to a knee injury -- though there's no indication that he will miss the primetime game.
The full injury report is located below.
The Minnesota Vikings have a pretty big game coming up this weekend with the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Luckily for the visiting underdogs, the Vikings shouldn't have to deal with any confounding injuries.
The only player that didn't practice on Thursday, according to the week's opening injury report, was Anthony Herrera. Herrera will likely not play on Monday night according to the good folks at 1500 ESPN.
Herrera suffered damage to the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee in the first Packers game and most likely will be replaced in the lineup by Joe Berger again on Monday.
"We're going to see what he's capable of doing," Frazier said. "Our trainers are telling me he's making progress. We'll see if he can get out this week and try at all. If he can, it'd be good for us. But we'll have to kind of take it day to day and just see where he is."
The only other two players to appear on Thursday's report were cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook. Winfield was a full participant while Cook, dealing with off the field issues, was sat -- he's not expected to return to the team anytime soon.
|Cook, Chris||CB||Not Injury Related||DNP||-||-||-|
Meanwhile, as Michael Silver at Yahoo Sports reports, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is ready to not only extend the streak on Monday -- he is talking openly about winning every single game this season.
"We can talk about it," Woodson said, smiling. "I don’t care. We’re 8-0. We’d love to be 16-0 – love to. It’s a realistic conversation now. We’re halfway there. So yeah, let’s talk about it."
And just to clarify, Woodson isn't simply trying to go 16-0. No, he is talking 19-0.
"I’d love to go undefeated," Woodson said, his voice rising. "I’d absolutely love to. Not just the regular season – the whole thing."
Meanwhile, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not exactly on board with looking ahead and past opponents.
"I think it’s very premature," McCarthy said of such talk. "Once you get to double-digit wins, those type of goals become more in sight."
The Vikings have dropped all three games to the Packers this decade, which continues an interesting trend of each team running off winning streaks right after one another. Prior to Green Bay's current three game winning streak, the Vikings won three straight against the Packers. Before that, the Packers had won meetings in a row. Prior to that, the Vikings won three, and before that, the Packers won three straight, dating this back-and-forth all the way back to 2003.
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers will play on Monday Night Football this week. Adrian Peterson could become the leading rusher in team history if he's able to have a big game against the Vikings' NFC North rivals.
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