Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 10/27/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Green Bay Packers 44, Minnesota Vikings 31
October 27, 2013
The Week 8 edition of “Sunday Night Football” featured a solid divisional matchup from the NFC North. On paper, this one looked pretty lopsided, but the Packers and Vikings always seem to play each other close, regardless of their records. That said, Green Bay came into this one on top of the division, with Minnesota floundering as basement-dwellers. That scenario played out on the small scale here, as the Packers were in control for the majority of the game.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key statistical trends and player performances that turned this game in the direction it ultimately went. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to Week 9 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: At first, it seemed the magic might have been on the Vikings’ side. Cordarrelle Patterson took the opening kickoff 109 record-setting yards for a TD, and Minnesota got out to an early lead. Aaron Rodgers and company found their rhythm during the first half, and the offense responded with a Jordy Nelson TD to tie things up after the first quarter. Green Bay continued the onslaught in the second, posting two more scores and a field goal; Minnesota would tally 10 more points of their own to head into halftime with a manageable 17-24 deficit.
After the break, the Packers’ newfound running game took over. Eddie Lacy and James Starks scored on consecutive possessions, and a field goal would give Green Bay 17 unanswered before the Vikings could answer. One final late TD would serve as a cosmetic enhancement to the Packers’ 44-31 victory.
With the win, Green Bay moves to 5-2, while Minnesota falls to an ugly 1-6.
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The Stars: Zero punts. That’s the story of this game. Rodgers and company scored on every offensive possession, save for the kneel-downs at the end. The veteran QB finished 24-for-29 for 285 yards and two touchdowns (both to Jordy Nelson, who had 123 yards).
Helping out greatly was the ground attack, which is a wonderful blessing considering the team’s beat-up receiving corps. Lacy carried 29 times for 94 yards and a TD, while Starks added 57 and his score. Even Rodgers got in on the action, with 31 on six attempts.
Mason Crosby had a busy--and perfect--evening, posting five extra points and three field goals.
The Goats: Realistically, no one on the Vikings had a memorable game--save possibly for Patterson, and that was because of the return. Christian Ponder struggled, posting a 14-for-21 effort for 145 yards and no scores--he did have a late rush TD, but by then it didn’t matter. Adrian Peterson had another “meh” game, with 60 and a TD on the ground and another 23 through the air.
Kyle Rudolph was the only Vikings receiver over 50 yards, with 51 on four grabs.
Defensively, Minnesota couldn’t stop the Packers. As we mentioned earlier, there were no punts from Green Bay as they marched straight down the field and held the ball over 40 minutes. The Vikings opposition could muster just two sacks and no turnovers.
Injuries: The Packers came in missing six players: Jermichael Finley, Brad Jones, James Jones, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Ryan Taylor. They avoided adding any names to that list, though.
Minnesota was without Matt Asiata, Rhett Ellison, Josh Freeman and Rodney Smith. Safety Jamarca Sanford had to leave the game with an injury.
Outlook: Looking forward to Week 9, the Vikings will be heading down to Dallas to take on a pretty stout conference opponent in the Cowboys. (1:00 PM ET, FOX)
As for the Packers, they’ve got another primetime game--and another divisional opponent--on the schedule. The Bears will be coming into Lambeau Field for a big Monday night matchup. (8:40 PM ET, ESPN)
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