The Green Bay Packers have won their share of close games this season. Today it was their turn to lose one.
In a back-and-forth game versus the Minnesota Vikings, it turned out to be the team that had the ball last that would win. It was the Vikings.
It looked like Darnell Savage had set up a Packers victory on an interception as we reached the two-minute warning. It would’ve given Green Bay two minutes with great field position, only needing a field goal to win.
Replays showed Savage didn’t maintain control of the football. No turnover.
Kirk Cousins led the Vikings down the field, where the Packers could do nothing but watch them kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Joe Barry’s defense has been dominant in recent weeks, but not today. Minnesota put up 34 points and 408 total yards of offense. Green Bay had no answer for star wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. More often than not, he was wide open.
Perhaps the biggest concern this afternoon wasn’t the result — the Packers maintain a big lead in the NFC North — but rather the injury to star offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins.
Jenkins left the game with a knee injury, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the fear is he tore his ACL. Just awful news for Jenkins and the Packers.
Losing star players has been the story of the season for Green Bay. Losing a player as important as Jenkins would be tough for this team not only for the remainder of this season, but also potentially the start of the 2022 season. We’ll await further updates on Jenkins’ injury.
The Packers are now 8-3 with a 2.5-game lead over the Vikings. Next week, Green Bay hosts the Los Angeles Rams before getting a much-needed bye.