The Packers allowed eight sacks in the 30-23 loss and have now allowed 20 sacks through four games.
CB Charles Woodson wondered if the Packers’ secondary would have struggled as much as it did if they still had S Anthony Smith on the roster.
The lack of a sustained pass rush has some wondering when Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will turn up the heat.
Rookie Packers LB Clay Matthews stripped the ball from Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and scampered 42 yards for his first NFL touchdown.
Packers TE Jermichael Finley quieted some critics with an impressive 62-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Said Vikings DE Jared Allen of the focus on QB Brett Favre despite his 4.5 sacks, “He can take it. I will
just be the guy creeping around in the back. If it gets me five sacks a
week, I will shut up and not say a word.”
Allen drew the ire of Packers assistant coach James Campen and T T.J. Lang at different points during the Vikings victory.
Vikings wide receivers Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice combined for 11 catches, 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said that RB Adrian Peterson “tweaked his leg” on Matthews’s strip.
Said Vikings QB Brett Favre, “The only thing I can say is, I was about as nervous as I’ve ever been before a game, going into this one.”