Vikings vs. Packers: My stupid prediction

17 September, 2018, 08:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Packers square up against Vikings on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers expected to play

Green Bay's Mason Crosby made five field goals but missed a 52-yard attempt on the final play of regulation that would have won the game for the Packers. Both plays were significant considering the game resulted in a tie.

Rodgers was heroic while playing with a huge brace to protect his injured left knee, which ESPN reported earlier Sunday could require up to two months to heal. Kirk Cousins, in his Vikings road debut, refusing to back down despite facing 11- and 13-point deficits midway through the third and fourth quarters. And while the emphasis partly a reaction to Rodgers' broken collarbone a year ago, the Packers own defense was the guiltiest party in Week 1, drawing 3 calls (Nick Perry, Muhammad Wilkerson, Clay Matthews). "I've thrown four picks in a game, I've had nights where I've wondered if I should show up at work the next morning with how frustrated I was with myself". If there was somebody on our team who I know that can mentally and emotionally handle it, it's DC.

According to referee Tony Corrente, the flag was thrown because Matthews "lifted him and drove him into the ground". Rodgers got hurt in the second quarter last week against the Bears before returning in the second half to lead a come-from-behind victory. That was negated by the roughing call, despite Matthews avoiding putting all of his weight on the quarterback. The Vikings and the Packers tied 29-29 after overtime. Rodgers completed a 9-yard play to Geronimo Allison for 2nd and 1 on the Vikings' 37.

The Packers (1-0-1), though, could have used more touchdowns from the offense.


Carlson said he thought it might have been the first time he had missed three field goals in a game. I got my head across, put my hands down.

The most effective unit for the Packers defense on the day was the interior linemen. They'll find fault on me because they're going to agree with the refs.

Crosby nearly had six field goals, but his first, successful attempt from 52 at the end of the regulation was erased because the Vikings called timeout right before the snap.

By now, you probably know what happened next.

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