Another gut check win for the Packers to get to 7-0 and to extend their winning streak to 13 dating back to last season.
I think McCarthy went into his shell a little early in the third quarter but then again, he always does and they usually win.
It's hard when Shields is out and Woodson is forced to play so much coverage. The Packers really miss his presence coming off the edge both in the passing and running games. A more experienced quarterback might have eaten him alive today. He made at least three great plays on the ball and had two plays where his knowledge of route combos and routes made the play for him.
Aaron Rodgers had a crazy hot start but seemed to grow hesitant as the game wore on, especially on third down. Not sure if the Vikings did something different later or Rodgers was wary of forcing anything. Still a fantastic game from what has to be the runaway mid-season NFL MVP.
Clay Matthews had an incredible game. Just incredible.
That first touchdown by the Vikings is somewhat on Tramon but the major culpability belongs to Peprah. He simply got too flat before he realized what was happening and couldn't get over in time to make the play. Overall, I think the Packers though the Vikings were going to be more cautious with Ponder than they were.
Speaking of Ponder, that was one hell of a debut. He played as well as anyone could have hoped in Vikings land.
I can't say enough about Andrew Quarless. His blocking has improved ten fold, so much so that he was in the game in place of Finley on some key running plays in the second half. He even got a ball thrown his way which he caught.
Howard Green had a quietly solid day. Peterson obviously broke free a couple times but without having watched again, it sure didn't seem like Green was the one being moved or out of position.
On the play where Jennings got behind the safety for the wide open touchdown - I could not stop laughing. For about two or three minutes.
The Packers misuse of timeouts didn't come back to bite them today - but it could in the future. McCarthy can't be too pleased, especially with the timeout taken by Rodgers coming after a kickoff return. Simply inexcusable.
But that's a serious nit pick. This is the best team in the NFL, it's 7-0 and now has two weeks to rest up before traveling west to meet the Chargers.
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