The Green Bay Packers Chalk up another victory as Aaron Rodgers continued on his seemingly unstoppable march to league MVP honors. Overall the Packers remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team, and if they can just count on a defense to complement their high-octane offense, they just might be unstoppable.
The NFL’s reigning champions improved to 9-0 for the fourth time in the franchise’s history by overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 45-7, sweeping the border war for two consecutive years. Green Bay extended its franchise-best winning streak, which includes last year’s run to Super Bowl XLV, to 15 games. A second-round rookie out of Kentucky, Randall Cobb, got it all started for the Packers.
After the Packers’ defense forced the Vikings to go three-and-out on their first possession, Cobb fielded a punt from Chris Kluwe and squeezed through a seam in the middle of the field. Cobb accelerated down the left sideline and danced the final few steps into the end zone, tossing the ball in the air as if he was shooting a basketball before doing a “Lambeau leap” into the stands. Cobb also had a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Packers’ season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Rodgers’ scoring strikes to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson helped build the lead to 24-0 early in the third quarter. “We’re playing with the best quarterback in the game right now,” said Nelson, who had the first two-TD game of his four-year career. “It’s an honor and a privilege, and we’re just enjoying every minute of it right now.”
The Packers Defense comes Alive!
The real surprise came on the other side of the ball: A defense that finally showed it can take charge of a game. The 30th-ranked Packers defense turned in one of its strongest efforts of the season, surrendering just 266 yards.
Entering Monday night with only three sacks in the Packers’ first eight games, the Green Bay Packers’ primary pass rusher, Clay Matthews, took down Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder twice. “Tonight was no different than any other night for me,” Matthews said. “It was just the fact I was able to get home.
But Matthews, Charles Woodson and the rest of the Packers’ defensive players showed they still can take over a game by playing to their potential against the division rival Vikings, holding rookie quarterback Christian Ponder to 190 yards passing with an interception and limiting Peterson to 51 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings did their best to make life rough for Rodgers, sacking him three times and smacking him virtually every time he took off running. In the end, their NFC North nemesis just walked away with another victory.