Three takeaways from Packers’ win vs. Vikings in Week 2
1. Defense gets job done despite struggles against the run
This wasn’t the dominant defensive performance we saw at Solider Field last week, but it was another impressive game overall for Mike Pettine’s unit.
The biggest concern was the yards given up on the ground. Minnesota’s rushing attack put up 198 yards with a touchdown. Even if you take out Dalvin Cook‘s 75-yard touchdown, he still averaged 4.16 yards per carry.
But overall, Pettine’s defense did more than enough to win this game. And once again, when it mattered most, the secondary came up with a key fourth-quarter interception. This time it was Kevin King who intercepted Kirk Cousins in the end zone with just over five minutes remaining.
Another disappointment was the fact they only sacked Cousins once, although they did generate good pressure in the game and made six QB hits.
Green Bay’s defense was strong in what became a close game late on. It allowed Minnesota’s offense to complete just 30.8 percent of its third downs, while also forcing four crucial turnovers. Jaire Alexander also came close to making a couple of interceptions, one which would’ve prevented a touchdown pass.
When the game was in Cousins’ hands, the Packers’ defense continued to make big plays.
This defense has now allowed just 19 points in the first two weeks of the season. That’s a great start.