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.