Green Bay Packers: Winners and Losers from MNF Showdown with Vikings
It wasn't much of a game at Lambeau Field on Monday night. The Packers extended their win streak to 15 and improved their record to 9-0 on the season.
Minnesota dropped to 2-7 and last in the NFC North, while Green Bay is all but untouchable in first place.
Here are the winners and losers from the Packers' divisional victory over the Vikings.
Winner: Packers' Defense
The Packers' pass defense has been one of their only problems in 2011, but they took a step in the right direction on Monday night. They held Christian Ponder to 162 yards passing and picked him off once.
It seemed like the Packers blitzed all game long, and they did, rushing the passer over 70 percent of the plays. Clay Matthews also got back on track as he recorded two of the team's three sacks.
The Vikings may not even have scored had Randall Cobb not fumbled a punt in the red zone.
Loser: Vikings' Discipline
The Vikings knew they would have enough trouble containing the Packers without committing penalties, yet they still were flagged 10 times and gave up 80 free yards.
The score wouldn't have been much better had they not been so undiscplined, but it may not have been quite so bad.
In comparison, the Packers were only penalized once for five yards.
Winner: Vikings' Pass Rush
Jared Allen is leading the league in sacks and he added another one against Green Bay. He also had three tackles for a loss.
The Vikings only came up with two quarterback take downs as a team, but they were in Rodgers face quite a bit.
Unfortunately, they could not stop him from picking apart their secondary.
Winner: Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers recorded his second four-touchdown game in a row and continued his streak of games with a passer rating over 100.
He continued to impress the commentators, as he's been known to do this season, and he displayed pin point accuracy on all of his TD throws.
Rodgers simply continues to be a winner week after week.
Loser: Packers' Running Game
The Packers didn't really need to run the ball, but when they did they averaged just 2.9 yard per carry.
James Starks had a decent outing with 13 carries for 63 yards, but Ryan Grant only picked up six yards on eight tries.
Green Bay is fortunate that they don't have to rely on their rushing attack because it wasn't very impressive against the Vikings.
Winner: Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn might have earned himself a few more bucks in the upcoming free agency period with his short stint of play against the Vikings.
He relieved Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter of the blowout and led the Packers 66 yards for a touchdown, which he ran in himself from three yards out.
Flynn was 2/2 for 38 yards passing and he operated the offense effectively.