Packers Win on Road at TCF Bank Stadium Against Vikings
The Green Bay Packers picked up a big victory on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday.
The Packers defeated the Vikings, 30-13, and snapped a three-game losing streak. With the win, Green Bay avoided falling two games behind Minnesota in the division race. Both teams have a 7-3 record now.
Green Bay used a complete team effort from its offense, defense and special teams to win at TCF Bank Stadium over the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers, who looked to still be bothered by a nagging shoulder injury, tossed two touchdowns and made big throws down the field to James Jones. Jones wore a hoodie under his jersey and it became famous after he made a ridiculous bobbling catch. He went on to catch a touchdown on the drive by just barely getting his feet inbounds at the start of the fourth quarter. All in all, Jones caught six passes for a team-leading 109 yards. A big reason for the Packers' passing success Sunday was Eddie Lacy. Lacy looked like his old self, spinning away from defenders and breaking tackles. On the day, Lacy ran the ball 22 times for 100 yards. The offensive line, which has struggled, made a lot of holes for Lacy and allowed Rodgers to make throws on the run.
The Packers' defense sacked Teddy Bridgewater six times and held Adrian Peterson to 45 rushing yards. Datone Jones had two of Green Bay's six sacks and a pass defense. On special teams, Mason Crosby made five field goals and Jeff Janis had a big day with a big return.
This win over the Vikings was important. It's a division game and it snapped a three-game losing streak. The Packers played well on all three phases and it gave the team confidence. Now on a short week with Chicago at home Thursday, it will be key for the Packers to sustain their success they had on offense, defense and special teams.
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