Each phase of the game was clicking in last night's Monday Night Football victory. "A special-teams touchdown, another ho-hum outing for quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ juggernaut of an offense and the struggling Packers defense’s best performance of the season made for a 45-7 win over the overwhelmed Minnesota Vikings on Monday night at Lambeau Field," writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
After struggling for much of the season, the Packers defense, in particular, was very effective last night. "(Charles Woodson), who after last week’s game urged defensive coordinator Dom Capers to get back to blitzing and creating favorable matchups for outside linebacker Clay Matthews, got his wish on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. "Capers dialed up the pressure, Matthews posted his first two-sack game of the season and the Packers put together their best overall defensive showing of the season." Fantastic individual performances from Woodson, Matthews, Tramon Williams and Desmond Bishop helped the Packers.
More articles on the defense's solid outing come from the Journal Sentinel, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Packers official website, Wisconsin State Journal, ESPN.com, Associated Press, columnist Michael Hunt and Packer Report (sub required).
Rookie Randall Cobb both electrified and disappointed the Lambeau Field crowd last night. Ty Dunne of the Journal Sentinel describes the scene. "Five yards deep on the Vikings' kickoff, Cobb boomeranged upfield," writes Dunne. "He gained the sideline, sped up and treated Minnesota's Asher Allen as debris on the interstate. The 55-yard return set up a touchdown and the Packers continued to coast to a 45-7 win. Bookending one folly were two electric returns. Cobb's 80-yard punt return touchdown started the Packers' scoring binge in the whipping of their NFC North rival."
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers once again turned in a performance worthy of an MVP. What he's accomplished this season borders on amazing. "The assault continues," writes Vic Ketchman of Packers.com. "Nine games into the season, Aaron Rodgers is on track to threaten Tom Brady’s all-time, single-season touchdown-passes record, 50." And that's not to mention records for passer rating and completion percentage Rodgers is on pace to break as well.
On the negative side, the Packers had a tough time blocking Minnesota's Jared Allen who abused Marshall Newhouse off the edge and T.J. Lang on stunts. "McCarthy went with more two-tight end formations in the second half, with Andrew Quarless or Jermichael Finley helping Newhouse," writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. Josh Sitton struggled from time to time as well, allowing pressure to reach Aaron Rodgers. Scott Wells and Bryan Bulaga have the steadiest performers on the offensive line, however.
Grading the Packers is Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Tulane's interest in Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is covered by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Video: Randall Cobb talks about last night's game courtesy of the Press-Gazette...
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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