Green Bay Packers: Take the good with the bad in win over Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) catches a pass and tries to elude Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Green Bay Packers win 24-21. Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

LET’s BE HONEST (for just a minute, though) …

PASS DEFENSE: After many, many weeks of strong showings, I felt like the pass defense faltered this week, just a bit.

Bridgewater was able to complete a good chunk of his passes, going over 200 yards and notching his first career multiple TD game. Yes, it was just 2 touchdowns, but a rookie QB made some throws that made the Packers look silly.

For instance, leaving former Packer Charles Johnson all alone along the sideline and into the end zone was … well, it wasn’t the best. I am not sure if Tramon Williams thought he had over the top help that was just a few steps too late – but he looked lackluster in effort, as well.

Late in the fourth quarter, rallying from 11 points down- Bridgewater led the Vikings on a long, drawn-out 79-yard march downfield to set the Vikings up for a touchdown and two-point conversion.

When the Vikings needed the TD … the Packers secondary gave it to them. When the Vikings needed the conversion to draw within three points (a one-score deficit), the Packers obliged.

It seemed like they couldn’t really do much to stop a rookie QB with a come-from-behind win on his mind.

If the Packers had been forced to punt after regaining possession of the ball, I have doubts that the Packers defense could have stopped another Bridgewater march.