The season is certainly only five weeks old, but the particular Packers (3-2) already have played fifty percent of their division games. Despite the particular fact that they still trail the particular first-place Detroit Lions (3-1) by the half game,this left them within good shape when you consider they will have a 2-1 mark in the particular division and have only one even more NFC North road game left. Plus that is against these same Vikings. Maybe the Nov. 23 game within Minneapolis will be, well, a video game. And maybe they'll have a quarterback for that one. Christian Ponder, subbing for the injured Teddy Bridgewater, had been completely ineffective, making this one simple for the Packers' defense.
Julius Peppers isn't just a pass-rusher, which is why the Packers believed the long-time defensive end could enjoy outside linebacker in their 3-4 plan. And he made them look smart in the second quarter, when this individual dropped into zone coverage, picked away a Ponder pass and returned this 49 yards for a touchdown that will helped turn the game into the rout. That was Peppers' 10th profession interception, making him the only gamer in NFL history with at minimum 100 sacks and 10 interceptions. This was one of three takeaways regarding the Packers' defense, which also obtained an interception from Jamari Lattimore plus a forced fumble by Morgan Burnett that was recovered by Casey Hayward.
0-200 in a hurry: Aaron Rodgers' 11-yard touchdown pass to rookie Davante Adams in the second quarter has been the 200th of his career. This came in his 99th regular-season sport, making him the second-fastest in NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE history to reach that mark. Just Dan Marino, who did it within 89 games, reached 200 faster. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes on the relatively light night of work. This individual completed just 12 of 17 goes by for 156 yards before giving method to Matt Flynn in the 4th quarter.
The running sport is alive, and so is Eddie Lacy. What was the 28th-ranked hurrying offense in the NFL looked even more like the unit that ranked 7th last season. Lacy, who came in to the game averaging just 3. zero yards per carry and had just 161 yards in the first 4 games, was borderline dominant, especially within the first half, when he experienced consecutive gains of 18 and twenty nine yards, his two longest runs associated with the season. He posted his 1st 100-yard game -- 105 yards complete on 13 carries with two touchdowns -- since Week 15 of final season at Dallas. He could possess added to his total, but trainer Mike McCarthy shut him down right after his 10-yard touchdown run in the particular third quarter made it 42-0.
The Thursday game affords the particular Packers a mini bye before these people return to work Monday in planning for the Oct. 12 game from the Miami Dolphins.