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No Answers: Vikings Crumble to Packers at Home 31-3

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Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings connected for three touchdowns, and Green Bay moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North with a 31-3 rout of Minnesota.

Rodgers threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-31 passing, hooking up with Jennings seven times for 152 yards as the Packers (7-3) captured their fourth straight win to join Chicago atop the division.

Jennings scored touchdowns in each of the last three quarters, part of a 31-0 run to end the game for Green Bay. James Jones also had a touchdown catch in the win.

“We were aggressive. We attacked them vertically and it opened up the middle of the field,” said Jennings.

Rodgers spread the ball out to seven receivers, showing up predecessor Brett Favre for the second time this season.

Favre played it fast and loose as usual, completing just 17 of his 38 passes for 208 yards and an interception that the Packers converted into a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson was an afterthought for the Vikings (3-7), who trailed for most of the game and used one of the NFL’s leading rushers only sparingly. Peterson had 14 effective carries for 72 yards and caught one pass for 16 yards.

“It sure was hard for me to walk off the field today after a loss like that,” said Favre, who was ineffective despite getting one of his top pass catchers back.

Sidney Rice played for the first time this season after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. But the Pro Bowl receiver, who was out with a hip injury, made little difference with three catches for 56 yards.

Green Bay carried a 17-3 lead into halftime and all but put the game away early in the third when Rodgers and Jennings hooked up for a 46-yard touchdown.

Rodgers saw his receiver in man coverage near the left sideline, hitting him with a pass that allowed Jennings to spin around Minnesota’s Asher Allen and romp untouched into the end zone to make it 24-3.

Jennings caught his third touchdown pass inside of 10:00 in the fourth quarter despite being blanketed by Allen in the front of the end zone. Rodgers dropped the pass in over Allen’s head from 22 yards to make it 31-3.

The Packers pulled Rodgers for backup Matt Flynn with 6:37 remaining in the game and he completed his only pass attempt for five yards as Green Bay coasted down the stretch.

Minnesota got its only points on a 24-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell in the first quarter. But the first half — and the game — belonged to the Packers.

They got a 42-yard field goal from Mason Crosby to tie the game in the second quarter, ending a drive that was keyed by Jennings’ 47-yard reception.

Green Bay took the lead for good when a scrambling Rodgers found Jennings in the middle of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass that made it 10-3 with about five minutes remaining in the half.

Favre was intercepted on the ensuing possession — cornerback Tramon Williams jumped a slant pass — and Green Bay turned it into a 17-3 lead when Rodgers connected with Jones in the corner of the end zone from three yards.

It was Favre’s 17th interception of the season.

Favre, who spent 16 seasons with the Packers, fell to 2-2 against his former team. He placed much of the blame on himself and his teammates.

“We scored three points, so hopefully all of our guys will take a hard look at themselves,” he said.

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7 Responses to “No Answers: Vikings Crumble to Packers at Home 31-3”

  1. CSlinde says:

    How far do you think this team can go if Devoe Josesh’s suspension doesn’t last too long? Our big men looked good tonight.

  2. B. Grant says:

    I’m afraid your picture gives us the answer, Matt. Will Zygi do it? You gotta have a replacement in mind, and I’m guessing that is the toughest part of this call.

    • Fran the Man says:

      Like “Dumbfounded” says below; “a cardboard cutout from Blockbuster” would work.
      Seriously, what else is there to do?

      Whether Childress knows what “Losing a team” means or not, HE’S LOST THE TEAM.
      Get rid of his worthless ass.

  3. krugjr says:

    I predicted an off season firing, but after this fiasco on nat tv????
    announcers explaining to the world “this is how a team falls apart”, and showing players yelling at each other and players and coaches going at each other on the sidelines….and then the stadium breaks out their “fire childress” chant…….I now predict a quick firing, interim coach (doesn’t matter who), and start preparing for next year NOW…….before our young talent wants out!

    it’s your move, ziggy!

    GO VIKES!!!!! 5-11

  4. Dumfounded Horn says:

    I’ve been waiting for years only to get the dissapointment that I was force fed last season and just sit here watching and waiting for something to change and it doesn’t. Chilly needs to go – his offensive counterpart needs to go – replace him with a cardboard cutout from Blockbuster, it really doesn’t matter. A change needs to take place before we lose some key players like AP. Imagine him becoming a Packer (it’s possible, just wait and see) As for Favre, let him finish out the season, so his money is earned, as he is just as much the problem as out crappy, keep you hat on coach please head coach. Ziggy, please make the change and get reloaded for next season. Make some trades NOW – as for the Favre things, can anyone say Hershel Walker?

  5. Zag says:

    Chris Cook and Asher Allen are huge liabilities, and our offensive line is pretty damn bad.

    Same comments as every other week. Childress is mishandling this team, and now I can only hope that we don’t mishandle the draft. Let’s go top 10 pick!

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