Packers: Top three performances from Week 8 loss to Vikings

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Who had the top performances from the Packers’ Week 8 loss to the Vikings?

The Green Bay Packers were handed their second loss on the 2020 season and head coach Matt LaFleur took his first loss in the division.

There was nothing the Packers could do to stop Dalvin Cook as he ran all over Green Bay’s defense on the way to a 28-22 win for the Vikings. It was pretty much a one-man show for Minnesota with Cook carrying the heavy load, scoring all four of the Vikings’ touchdowns, three on the ground and one on a screen.

The first half was a model for efficiency for both teams as there were only two incompletions with each team scoring on their first two possessions. After the half, Minnesota took over and there wasn’t much the Packers could do.

Pressure was starting to get to Aaron Rodgers and Mike Zimmer’s defense had the Packers looking for answers. This game should help general manager Brian Gutekunst speed up the process of making a move for Will Fuller.

The lack of weapons for the Packers was obvious as outside of Davante Adams, no player could make plays consistently. Once Zimmer took Adams away with double coverage, Rodgers was stuck trying to force plays in the passing game.

With a secondary full of injuries, the Vikings defense was ripe for the picking. Yet, Minnesota’s game plan to feed Cook the ball was played out to near perfection as Cook totaled over 220 all-purpose yards to go with his four touchdowns, while Zimmer’s defense made just enough plays to get the team a win.

To say this was a disappointing loss would be an understatement. The Packers were at home playing a shorthanded secondary that took more hits as the game went along.

Still, these three players had the top performances in the loss.