Good morning, Green Bay Packers fans – yes, any Monday morning after a Packers victory is great, but when that win comes against an NFC North Division opponent, especially the Minnesota Vikings, it’s all the sweeter.
That said, as my cup of coffee steams next to me and I ponder (excuse the pun) the elements of last night’s 44-31 victory over the Vikings, there are many thoughts that come to mind.
Here are a few of the more important facts that stood out to me:
• Did you know that the temperature outside the Metrodome last night was 51 degrees? Inside it was only 65. The Vikes officials must be trying to save money on the heating bill.
• The only time Packers punter Tim Masthay was on the field last night was on the opening kickoff – the Packers didn’t punt once.
• The opening kickoff return by Cordarelle Patterson took just 13 seconds … yikes!
• Mason Crosby was 3-for3 last night on his field goal attempts. His longest was from 45 yards.
• Clearly, Eddie Lacy was part of the Packers plan last night. When was the last time a Packers running back was fed the ball 29 times?
• James Starks was a great backup … he rushed 7 times for 57 yards, including his 25-yard touchdown run – an 8.1 yard per-carry average.
• The Packers held Adrian Peterson to 60 yards on 13 carries.
• Christian Ponder was not a fan-favorite last night, He passed the ball only 21 times, completing 14 of them.
• Conversely, Aaron Rodgers put on another clinic, completed 24-of-29 passes for 285 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 130.6. Can you ask for more?
• While Jordy Nelson scored two TDs, including a huge 76-yard catch and run, it was Jarrett Boykin who led the team in per-catch average. Nelson’s average was 17.6; Boykin averaged 17.8.
• Aaron Rodgers was sacked just twice last night for a loss of 3 yards.
• Jared Allen, meet David Bakhtiari. Allen’s name didn’t get called at all last night, unless you want to include the times Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels raised his name when talking about trade bait.
• Before rookie cornerback Micah Hyde’s punt return for a touchdown, the last time the Packers returned a punt for a TD was last year when Randall Cobb returned a punt against the 49ers in the season-opener. Before that? You have to go back to 2008 when Will Blackmon, ironically, returned one 65 yards for a TD – against the Vikings – also at the Metrodome.
• There were no fumbles or interceptions by either team last night.