Why they won: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

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Nov 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers running back

Eddie Lacy

(27) celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Packers defeated the Vikings 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After two weeks of blowing the competition back in Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers had to face much more of a struggle than many probably expected in a trip to Minnesota for this matchup with the Vikings.

They still managed to come out with a 24-21 win, though it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the previous couple of games.

Despite Minnesota not being a playoff-level threat, it was still an important game that could’ve been predicted to be pretty difficult if the past games weren’t so blindingly good for Green Bay.

They are a divisional opponent led by a rookie QB who looks to potentially develop into something good, as well as a head coach that has a history of building successful defenses.

Those factors weigh heavily into why the game ended up so close.

So what was it that the Packers were able to accomplish that led to the eventual victory? The list of positives to pick from is shorter than the past couple weeks, but there are some good ones I’ve grabbed a few points worth taking note.

I’ll start with a group that is always torn apart by fans and the media when things are bad, but barely recognized when they are playing well … start the slide show!