From the Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 8

10/29/13 in NFL   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) talks with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) following the game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports The Packers went into Minnesota on Sunday Night Football and absolutely throttled the Vikings to a 44-31 win in what is one of the more misleading scores I've seen in the past few seasons.  The Vikings chose to not give up any big plays, and while they did so for the most part, the Packers methodically worked their way down the field 3-7 yards at a time in a way that was a joy to watch.

There were a few areas of concern for the Packers on Sunday night though.  Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff a NFL record (that can't be broken) 109 yards.  The Packers currently rank 32nd in the league in kick off coverage. This won't burn us against bad teams, but is a major worry against top teams in the playoffs.  The other would be tackling.  Adrian Peterson is a once in a generation talent, but he was breaking tackles that no human being should on Sunday.  It, again, didn't burn us, but that's because the Vikings are awful.  This can't happen against good teams.

The good? Pretty much everything else. The defense didn't give up many yards when it wasn't in a prevent. All the points the Vikings got before garbage time either came on special teams, a penalty never shown on television, or a defensive pass interference shown on television that definitely did not happen.  Not too bad.  Aaron Rodgers looked like the MVP version of himself for the second straight week.   The running game got off to a slow start but picked up and look real good at the end.  All in all, the Packers looked great and stayed healthy.

Green Bay moves on to play Chicago on Monday Night Football.  The Bears are without Jay Cutler and sitting in rough shape.  A Packers win would put Chicago two games back and down the tiebreaker without their QB for another game or three.  A Green Bay win also puts the Packers at 3-0 in the division and a full game up on Detroit with the tiebreaker there as well for now.  Week 9 figures to be key in any Packers division title.
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10/31/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

Poor Minnesota.

10/30/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17372 respect

The Pack will be a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs. Not that I like the fact. Great article as usual.

10/29/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

U just make sure your Packers get a W (that Thursday in November)....