Eddie Lacy Runs Over Vikings Defense as Packers (42) Dominate Vikings (10)
GREEN BAY, WI – 10/3/2014 – It was a rainy night in Leambeau as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers welcomed in the division rival Minnesota Vikings. Both teams were coming in off of big wins, both with 2-2 records. The Packers had knocked off the Bears in Chicago, while the Vikings were able to pick up a victory over the Atlanta Falcons at home. That was about all the two teams had in common in Green Bay last night.
The Vikings were without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who had a very impressive debut against the Falcons in week 4, and had to resort to third stringer Christian Ponder. It didn’t start out well. The Vikings had to punt to the Packers, who only needed four plays to drive the ball 61 yards for a Randall Cobb eight-yard touchdown pass. After that, the Packers got the ball one more time, and were able to score on another four-play drive that ended on a 66-yard pass ‘n catch from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson.
Once the second quarter hit, the scoring took a bit of a hiatus, as neither team put any points on the board for 15 minutes. This ended when off-season acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his tenth career interception that resulted in Peppers’ first career Lambeau Leap! Leading 21-0, the Packers’ defense continued to fluster Ponder and take advantage of his mistakes. Rodgers’ night ended after an 11-yard pass to Davante Adams gave the him his first career touchdown and Rodgers’ third of the night.
Once the second half came around, the Packers nursed their 28 point lead by rushing their second year running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy, who recorded a season-high rushing total of 105 yards, was able to finish the game with two touchdowns from 11 & 10 yards out. While both scores came in the second half, Lacy did most of his damage early on, literally running through Viking defenders.
With the second stringers in the ball game, the Packers’ offense expectedly slowed down. This gave the Vikings a chance to get on the board, which they did in the fourth quarter on a Christian Ponder six-yard touchdown scamper and a Blair Walsh 26-yard field goal. The game would end with the Packers on top 42-10.
While a lot of the players didn’t put up ridiculous amounts of yards, the Packers really dominated this game from start to finish. Aaron Rodgers finished 12/17 for 156 yards and three touchdowns, scoring on 25% of his completions in the game. The Packers running backs (Eddie Lacy, James Starks, and John Kuhn) ran the ball very effectively tallying 157 yards on 27 carries, with Lacy scoring twice. The leading receiver for the Packers was Jordy Nelson, who only needed one catch that went for 66-yards and a touchdown. Randall Cobb caught three balls for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Davante Adams’ only catch was on his first career touchdown.
The Packers will continue their season in Miami against the Dolphins on Sunday, October 12th. The Dolphins will be coming off of their bye week, and with head coach Joe Philbin (the Packers’ former offensive coordinator) on the scene, the Packers game plan will have to be effective to keep this winning streak alive. Be sure to tune in for all of the action on 98.3 WRUP!
-Carl Leander Johnson