The Green Bay Packers, who needed a win in order to take their playoff chances into their own hands, were able to defeat the Minnesota Vikings on the road with a score if 33-10! This moves the Packers to 8-8 on the season and is good for second place in the NFC North Standings.
Green Bay Packers Defense Hold Minnesota Vikings to Under 250 Yards of Total Offense
Both sides of the ball put in commanding performances for Green Bay, but the defense stepped up in a big way after being criticized by the media and fans for the past few weeks.
Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall felt the pressure early and wasn’t able to move the ball down the field in the first half. He was eventually replaced by Nick Mullens in the second half, who threw the only touchdown for Minnesota in the third quarter.
Without their starting cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes, the Packers secondary held Minnesota to 180 yards passing and one touchdown. Star wide receiver Justin Jefferson was limited to 59 yards on 5 catches for the Vikings.
Jordan Love Drops 4 Touchdown Performance on Sunday Night Football
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Jordan Love continues to show flashes of the quarterbacks that came before him, throwing for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air while adding an extra touchdown on the ground. Love has now thrown for 3,843 yards and 30 touchdowns this season and ties Aaron Rodgers with a 93.8 passer rating through his first 16 games as a Packer.
Reed caught 6 of his 8 targets for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns and passed Sterling Sharpe for the most receptions by a Packers rookie. His night was cut short however due to a chest injury he re-aggravated. Reed did not check back into the game and his status for next week’s contest will be monitored throughout the practice week.
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Rookie Bo Melton was also a huge factor through the air, catching the ball 6 times for 105 yards and a touchdown late in the third quarter. There were multiple occasions where Jordan Love was forced to throw the ball up due to pressure and Melton capitalized on almost every opportunity.
Love clearly has trust in Melton and Sunday’s performance should afford him more opportunities moving forward. Especially if the receiver room continues to be banged up with injuries for Green Bay.
Aaron Jones Rushes for 120 Yards in Second Consecutive Game versus Minnesota
Aaron Jones, who has been riddled with injuries throughout the season is back to his old self. Jones rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries with an additional 10 yards on 1 catch through the air. This is the second game in a row that Jones has ran for over 130 plus scrimmage yards.
While Jones has not reached the endzone since November 5th in a win over the Los Angeles Rams, his production these past couple games has set Green Bay up in scenarios to put points on the board and the offense is more dynamic when he is on the field. Jones will look to build off these past couple performances in a must win game next week.
Green Bay has the opportunity to control their own destiny. If they defeat the Chicago Bears next week, they will secure a playoff spot with a 9-8 record. A loss to Chicago would leave their fate in the hands of multiple teams, which would give them a slim chance at securing a bid.
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