The Green Bay Packers laid an absolute egg at home against a 1-5 Minnesota Vikings team and dropped to 5-2 on the season with a tough road game at San Francisco coming up on Thursday.
Not much that is positive can be written about the effort by the Packers in a game they had no business losing. For a long stretch, the Vikings looked like the only ones who remembered there was a game today.
The offense fell asleep and went scoreless for over two full quarters until Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to close the gap and make it a 28-22 game.
Aaron Rodgers put up some decent numbers, tossing three touchdowns and putting up a 112 passer rating, but missed on a few key throws. Those that were there were frequently dropped (thank you once again, Equanimeous St. Brown).
The Packers defense was bad all day until the final drive when they forced a Vikings punt, down 28-22. They allowed Dalvin Cook to run anywhere he wanted – which was far too often into the end zone. For all that the offense has done so far this season, the defense has tried to give it all back.
Cook ended with 163 yards rushing and four total touchdowns along with not many grass stains on his uniform.
Kirk Cousins threw 14 passes all day which is not a recipe for success against the Vikings. It was reminiscent of the NFC championship game from a year ago when the 49ers sleepwalked their way past the Packers to a Super Bowl on the back of their run game.
Green Bay did themselves very few favors today, racking up nine penalties for 85 yards.
The Packers had the ball with 47 seconds left but right on cue for how the day went, Aaron Rodgers was hit from behind and fumbled the ball, and the game away.
Just too many forces working against the Packers and it only gets much harder on the road against the 49ers Thursday night.