Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 10/2/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Packers 42, Vikings 10
October 2, 2014
Kicking off Week 5 on “Thursday Night Football” we had a big divisional matchup between the Packers and the Vikings. Green Bay was riding high off a big win over the Bears in their last game, while Minnesota flattened the Falcons in Week 4. Both teams needed a win to keep pace in the NFC North.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats from this one so we can see why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to Week 6 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: As all Thursday games have gone so far, this one was a complete and utter blowout. The scoring onslaught began in the fist quarter with an 8-yard Randall Cobb TD pass from Aaron Rodgers, then partner in crime Jordy Nelson posted a 66-yard score himself to make it 14-0 after one.
The Packers kept the heat on in the second, turning a Christian Ponder interception into a 49-yard Julius Peppers touchdown. Davante Adams went 11 yards on a scoring strike to make it 28-0 at the half.
The run game got going in the second, and RB Eddie Lacy posted TD runs of 11 and 10 yards for a dominating 42-0 Green Bay edge with one more quarter to go.
Minnesota finally got on the board with a 6-yard Ponder TD run early in the fourth, then added a 26-yard field goal later to make it 42-10.
That’s the way it would stay; The Packers definitely put a hurting on the Vikings, and this one will sting for a while.
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The Stars: We’ll start with Rodgers: He didn’t have to do much, but ended up with three touchdowns and 156 yards anyway. The real story here was the run game, with Lacy posting 105 yards on 13 carries for a pair of scores.
The Packers simply dominated on defense, coming up with three turnovers and limiting Minnesota to 222 yards through the air.
On the other side, there’s not much to get excited over. Adam Thielen had 57 yards on four receptions; Matt Asiata posted 72 rush yards on 15 carries.
The Goats: Everything here starts with Ponder. He looked lost and out of sync with his receivers, posting just a 50 percent completion percentage and two picks.
The team also accounted for nine penalties, which resulted in 91 lost yards.
Dynamic WR Cordarrelle Patterson was nowhere to be found (again); He had just two catches for eight yards and was injured in the third.
Injuries: Speaking of Patterson, he hurt his hip after his second catch. We’ll have to see how bad that one is. On the Packers side, they lost DL Datone Jones to an ankle injury in the second.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 6, the Packers will be dabbling in the AFC East again by taking their talents to South Beach and visiting the Dolphins. (Sunday, Oct. 12; 1:00 PM ET on FOX.)
Meanwhile, the Vikings will be at home when the Detroit Lions come calling. (Sunday, Oct. 12; 1:00 PM ET on FOX.)
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