The Packers didn’t have their normal offensive firepower.
But they had Eddie Lacy, and that was enough.
The Packers held on for a 24-21 win over the Vikings, thanks to an offense boosted by the physical running of Lacy.
Lacy had 25 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, and looked particularly strong during the fourth quarter. He was able to keeps clocks and chains moving, and had a nice spin move through contact to punctuate a 10-yard shovel pass touchdown.
That allowed them to survive a day when quarterback Aaron Rodgers failed to pile up the kind of huge numbers he’s had in recent weeks. Rodgers was still 19-of-29 for 209 yards and two scores.
And on a day with the Lions losing to the Patriots, that allowed the Packers to move to 8-3 with a one-game lead in the NFC North.
They looked like a team with one eye on next week’s game against the Patriots, as this one was closer than it should have been longer than it should have been.
The Vikings were competitive but sloppy, playing well enough on defense. But with Teddy Bridgewater missing too many opportunities, it was hard to say they were ever really a threat. Bridgewater was 21-of-37 for 210 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He cut it to within a field goal late by cobbling together a nice drive, but missed too often too early for it to matter.
The Vikings fell to 4-7 with the loss.