Sunday afternoon’s game between the Packers and Vikings was really…weird. Green Bay won, 21-16, in a game that was incredibly tough to get a read on. The Packers started the game in a frenzy scoring 21 unanswered points due to solid play from Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, and Aaron Jones. However, the Vikings answered back in a loud way led by their running back, Dalvin Cook, who ended the game with a career-high 154 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Eventually, both team’s defenses settled in and only allowed 6 total points in the second half. It was not pretty, but Green Bay got the win in a game that was the epitome of NFC North football.
Run game rules all…
When defenses are on display and it’s tough for an offense to get moving down the field, it is very important to get the running game going and that is what the Packers did against the Vikings. Aaron Jones was the best player on Green Bay’s offense throughout the entirety of the game and that makes him the “Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week.” Jones finished the game with 23 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also added 4 catches for 34 yards a week after having 14 touches for only 39 yards against the Bears. Against the Vikings, Jones was the x-factor in the 4th quarter that allowed the Packers offense to stay on the field and milk the clock. Aaron Jones’ touchdown came early in the 2nd quarter on an easy two-yard run made possible by the blocking of Bryan Bulaga and Billy Turner. If you don’t agree with me that Aaron Jones was the Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week, take Matt LaFleur’s word. In a post-game interview, he stated “He (Jones) did an unbelievable job. He was our player of the game on offense.” Runner-Up: Davante Adams
A late interception closed out the game for the second week in a row…
Green Bay’s defense followed up a spectacular Week 1 against the Bears with another impressive outing Sunday versus the Vikings. Again, there were many players deserving of the award of “Defensive Player of the Week,” but this week’s award goes to the cornerback who made the game-saving play, Kevin King. With about 5 minutes left in the game, the Vikings were down by 5 and driving down the field with momentum. It felt as if they were going to score a touchdown unless Green Bay could come up with a turnover and that’s what they did. Kirk Cousins snapped the ball and faked a run to the left before rolling out to the right, but Dean Lowry was all over it and caused Cousins to hurry up his reads. Instead of throwing the ball away, Cousins threw the ball into double coverage where B.J. Goodson and Kevin King were waiting. King went up for the ball and made an incredibly athletic diving interception in the end zone to seal a Packers win. With how the game was going up to that point, if King didn’t intercept that pass, we could have easily been watching a 1-1 Packers team next weekend. Runner-Up: Kenny Clark
Green Bay’s Week 3 matchup will be against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field. I’m hoping next week can be the week where the offense puts together four good quarters and the defense plays the way they have the first two weeks. If that happens, the Broncos are in serious trouble.
Offensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Aaron Jones (1), Jimmy Graham (1)
Runner-Up: Davante Adams (1), Aaron Rodgers (1)
Defensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Kevin King (1), Adrian Amos (1)
Runner-Up: Kenny Clark (1), Preston Smith (1)