Memo to the Minnesota Vikings: You Can't Be the Best Until You Beat the Best

Tim SeemanAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2008

I'm talking to you, Minnesota Vikings. That's something you haven't been able to do for two seasons and one game now.

The Vikings are 0-5 against the Packers since Mike McCarthy and Brad Childress were hired as the teams' head coaches.

That includes inside the Metrodome, which is one of Brett Favre's historic houses of horrors.

That includes a 34-0 beatdown last season at Lambeau.

And now that includes Aaron Rodgers' first start. On Monday Night Football. In the wake of Brett Favre's stellar performance for the New York Jets the day before, in case you didn't hear Tony Kornheiser the first 38 times.

True, Adrian Peterson had a good game. True, Ryan Grant was held (mostly) in check by the best rush defense of the past two seasons. True, Tarvaris Jackson threw for the same yardage total as did Rodgers.

It might seem that these truths would make Vikings' fans more optimistic about their team. While this may be the case, Green Bay came out of last night's game optimistic as well.

Optimistic because they beat a good team.

Optimistic because their new, young quarterback responded under the most pressure any quarterback could ever face in Week One of an NFL season.

Optimistic because their left tackle completely neutralized the opponent's biggest offseason acquisition.

Optimistic because they're still the class of the NFC North.

So, while all those things about Minnesota were true, here are some truths about the Packers:

  1. They scored touchdowns while the Vikings kicked field goals, rendering Adrian Peterson useless in the fourth quarter. 
  2. Ryan Grant broke off a big run in a big spot. 
  3. Aaron Rodgers completed 82 percent of his passes while Tarvaris Jackson completed less than 50 percent and threw an interception when his team needed him the most.

The Packers are off to Detroit to play the Lions next week, and the Vikings host an Indianapolis team that can't be happy after a big letdown in their new stadium. If Green Bay wins and Minnesota loses next week, it might be the beginning of the end for the Brad Childress/Tarvaris Jackson era in Minneapolis. 

All because they couldn't dethrone the reigning kings of the NFC North.