Living in North Dakota, the only time residents give the Green Bay Packers any attention is when the Minnesota Vikings are playing them. All other 15 weeks, nearly no one wants to hear me talk about the Packers and how I thought they did the previous weekend.
This has never been so true as it is on a Monday after a Packers win. With the Vikings signing of Josh Freeman, it’s impossible to talk about anything other than the false hope at that position in Minnesota.
I thought Aaron Rodgers bounced back pretty well from a rare performance in Cincinnati two weeks ago. Rodgers once again showed what defenses will continue to face when matching up to play the Packers. Rodgers gained 200 of his 274 passing yards on balls thrown at least 20 yards downfield which has
to make us all breathe a deep sigh of relief. By no means was I expecting another day like he had against the Washington Redskins but his 83-yard TD pass to JJ was a thing of beauty. Not to mention the touchdown called back after Jones’s second foot caught the chalk.
I was also very happy with our pass rush. Yes, the Lions did not have their best player in Calvin Johnson, but Johnson wouldn’t have been in there providing protection for Stafford anyway. I’m not Don Capers’ biggest fan, but on Sunday I thought he was clicking and he reminded me what kind of damage he can dial up for the Packer’s defense. The Packers sacked Stafford five times, all by linebackers.
Last but not least, the offensive line played like champions. Linemen Evan Dietrich-Smith, T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton controlled defensive tackles Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh while tackles David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay had days that allowed Eddie Lacy to show his worth.
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts on the game. I always appreciate it. Most of the fans I live around would have yelled “Skol” two lines into the article, which I already hear enough of on Sundays.