Packers vs. Vikings: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

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Packers vs. Vikings: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay
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Winning their fourth game in a row, the Green Bay Packers dominated the Minnesota Vikings.

Final Score

Green Bay: 44

Minnesota: 31

 

Green Bay Packers Grades
Position Unit First-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense A- A
Run Offense C- B+
Run Defense C B+
Pass Defense B+ A
Special Teams C C+
Coaching B A-

vs. Vikings Week 8

 

Final analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: No Randall Cobb, James Jones or Jermichael Finley? No problem. Throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers tore apart Minnesota's secondary. It seems like if No. 12 is playing quarterback, good things will happen no matter who’s out there catching passes.

Run Offense: After getting off to a slow start in the first half, the Packers ground game got things rolling. Rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns, running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks took over the football game.

Pass Defense: It was one heck of a performance from Green Bay’s pass defense. Bringing constant waves of pressure and challenging Minnesota’s wide receivers all night long, the Packers held Christian Ponder to under 150 yards passing.

Run Defense: Holding Adrian Peterson to 60 yards and a touchdown on the ground, the Packers run defense played tremendously well in Week 8. When you watch these guys play, you’ll notice that they do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage. Constant penetration and solid tackling has made this Packers defense one of the top units the league.

Special Teams: After giving up a touchdown on a 109-yard kick return to open up the game, Green Bay’s special teams unit settled down. Taking back a punt 93 yards for a touchdown, this unit made up for an early blunder.

Coaching: Even though they were missing some of their best offensive talent, head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff made sure they called a balanced game on offense. Calling 36 rushing plays on the day, it seems like McCarthy has found a great recipe for success this season.

 

First-half analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Aaron Rodgers was his usual efficient self in the first half. Throwing for 169 yards and two touchdowns, together Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson have torched Minnesota’s secondary so far.

Run Offense: Averaging just 3.3 yards per carry as a team, the Packers have struggled on the ground. If they want to take some pressure off of Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy has to get things rolling in the second half.

Pass Defense: Although they struggled on the last drive of the half, overall, Green Bay's pass defense did a nice job of shutting down Minnesota’s offense. Bringing frequent pressure and challenging the Vikings wide receivers at the line of scrimmage, the Packers are daring Christian Ponder to throw the football downfield.

Run Defense: Going up against a focused Adrian Peterson is no easy task. While they have done a nice job generating penetration at the line of scrimmage, Peterson still willed his way to 46 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Special Teams: It’s been a crazy start for the Packers special teams unit. After giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff, Green Bay cornerback Micah Hyde returned the favor, taking a punt back 93 yards to the house late in the first half.

Coaching: Without some of their best players on offense, head coach Mike McCarthy has called a balanced game. Although they have had some issues running the football, Aaron Rodgers has excelled through the air and made the most of his opportunities.

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