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Sunday Night wrap-up: Vikings may be looking for new identity

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell, rear, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis. Peterson was injured on the play and was helped off the field. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) AP

It’s a good thing that Sam Bradford had a good debut.

But the vision of star running back Adrian Peterson being carried off the field with a right knee injury could render all that moot for the Vikings.

Even after beating the Packers 17-14, there’s a pall over the night, based on the concern about their former MVP.

They Vikings were able to justify trading a future first-round pick and then some for a quarterback because they had all the other pieces in place, including a 31-year-old running back who still appeared to be in his prime. Now with the specter of Peterson’s injury hanging over them, having a sharp Bradford might be the only hope they have.

Bradford looked particularly sharp (22-of-31 for 286 yards and two touchdowns) for a guy who had been with his team for a few weeks, but a potential loss of Peterson will put him in a familiar spot — a talented guy with a dubious cast of offensive talent around him.

He has an ascending talent at wide receiver in 2015 fifth-rounder Stefon Diggs, who turned in his second big game of the season. Diggs finished with nine catches for 182 yards and a touchdown. He had seven catches for 103 yards against the Titans last week, and is quickly establishing himself as a star in his own right. He may need to be, if Peterson misses any amount of time.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t look like himself, and it’s hard to tell why.

He did enough to beat the Jaguars last week, but there were moments of apparent frustration for him Sunday night that weren’t entirely because of the pressure the Vikings brought.

He talked this offseason about the inability to call all the plays he wanted to last year because wide receiver Jordy Nelson wasn’t there to knock the top out of defenses. But Nelson’s back now, and the Packers still seem to struggle to get guys open downfield.

And Rodgers doesn’t look happy about it, either.

2. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is good at what he does for a lot of reasons. But letting Bradford throw on a fourth-and-short attempt in the second quarter is the kind of show of confidence that could pay bigger dividends down the road.

The easy play would be to hand it to Peterson, or to just kick a field goal since it was so early. Bradford was in a bit of a rhythm, but rolling the dice on the new guy was far from the safest call.

But if the Vikings are going to do anything more than just be OK this year, they’re going to need Bradford. And that fourth-down conversion to Diggs was a small step toward Bradford’s first touchdown, and perhaps something more.

3. The Packers get the benefit of the doubt on personnel moves over the years because they’ve gotten more right than wrong.

But Sunday night was a growing pains night for an offensive line that just decided it didn’t need All-Pro guard Josh Sitton.

The Vikings are going to get pressure on most teams, but the Packers have some issues up front that need to be ironed out, and that’s going to take time. They have some young linemen they like, but replacing a talent like Sitton isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight,

4. The Packers picked on Trae Waynes all night, so it was perhaps fitting that he was able to make the late interception for the Vikings, and save the game.

The 2015 first-rounder had a rough night by any estimation, but all that will be forgotten after his late pick. With Xavier Rhodes out, the Vikings were a man down in the secondary, and Rodgers was clearly looking Waynes’ way often.

5. Speaking of little things: The Vikings held the Packers to 65 yards of total offense in the first half. They gave the Packers 66 yards worth of penalty yardage before the break.

The bulk of that was on one pass interference call, but the Vikings don’t have the kind of margin of error to get away with those kinds of things often.

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  1. contra74 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:45 PM

    The Vikings win their 1st game in their new house against the Packers to go 2-0

    Packers lose their Super Bowl and go 1-1.

    Like I said, just another game against the Packers who claim to be our rivals.

    Packer fans…shhhhhhh

  2. coltluger says: Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Bradford > Rodgers. No doubt.

  3. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    well we saw everything the packers do all in one prime time game! phantom PI calls, hail mary throws to draw PI, erin giving the center the stink eye and three fumbles from erin tiny hands!!? usually viewers only get three out of those four! what a treat!

  4. johngaltwho says: Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Congrats to the Vikings – big win in their new stadium. Zimmer outcoached McCarthy, Bradford outplayed whoever that was impersonating Aaron Rodgers. Wow, didnt see that coming. Hope Peterson is ok. Its a long season. Go Pack Go.

  5. arrowtoyourknee says: Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Great, great game! Well fought, Packers!! Happy the Vikings could defend the north!!! Skol!

  6. artic19 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:47 PM

    The Green Bay Packers
    What happened? All the gurus had us losing big.
    Still Division Champs!

  7. dirtyhelmet says: Sep 18, 2016 11:47 PM

    Thank goodness. Going to be very quiet here in WI tomorrow. I wonder if I’ll have any employees show up for work.

  8. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:47 PM

    Waynes was absolutely awful, but it was nice to see him hang in there and redeem himself in the end.

  9. coltluger says: Sep 18, 2016 11:47 PM

    A lot of tears in the government cheese in Sconnie-Land tomorrow

  10. firerogergoodell says: Sep 18, 2016 11:47 PM

    Umm… they just found it. Sam Bradford. What a stud.

  11. purp98 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Its not like Peterson has been a beast this year. He really hasn’t done anything to this point.

  12. fmc651 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Same identity leaders of the North division.

  13. bigdaddyrockytop says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Congrats Viking fans you won a game at home in your new stadium. If I was you I would be ultra confident going forward with Petersons season in doubt and that horrible offensive line. Bradford will not last long with that kind of protection. Its a long season good luck.

  14. dirtyhelmet says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Maybe this week they can work on Lil Arod’s turn over problem.

  15. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    You should have listened to be Ted when I told you back in 2011 that the Packers need to trade Rodgers while he still had value. He has fallen apart right before our eyes and the Packers are finished yet again. But honestly, I hope you guys make the playoffs because you’d be one of the easier outs in the NFC. See you guys after the rebuild in 15-20 years!

  16. philcodean says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Well this one will sting this week, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Bradford played very well, the Vikings defense turned Rodgers into a fumbler and ultimately sealed the deal on the last floater that was intercepted by Waynes. These teams are evenly matched and I look forward to the rematch later this year. Congrats Viking fans….

  17. sgtstadinko says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Great Game! Let’s see the excuses now fudge pack!

  18. pkrlvr says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Great game by MN. Bradford is a stud. Hate that a flag allowed MN to run out the clock but if McCarthy had taken the fg it wouldn’t have mattered. I’m sure the Viking fans will handle the win with class as usual.

  19. fartweasel says: Sep 18, 2016 11:49 PM

    Packers played a great defense and it showed. Poetic justice when Waynes picked on all night picks Erin to seal the game.

  20. artic19 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:49 PM

    Sam Bradford
    22 of 30 for 286 and 2 TDs

  21. fwippel says: Sep 18, 2016 11:49 PM

    Right now, Rick Spielman looks like a genius.

  22. seatownballers says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Great win. Vikings defense is solid. Aaron was abused the entire game

  23. realfootballfan says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Vikings are just better than Green Bay. It’s why I had them as a final four team before the Bridgewater injury. Not convinced Bradford will be able to do enough to make up for not being there all off-season, but it’s clear who has the better roster in that division and has been if you were watching last year too.

  24. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Good game, Vikings. You have a superstar in Diggs. Nice new stadium.

    You were right. I was wrong.

    >

  25. jermainewiggins says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Isn’t it funny how so many packer fans claimed victory so soon in the week. So many articles as well as all the “experts” said the pack would win.

    mkesfinest posted these comments earlier in the week on an article when the speculation built that bradford would start.

    mkesfinest says: Sep 14, 2016 6:05 PM
    “Makes no difference. GB wins by 2+ scores. ”

    mkesfinest says: Sep 14, 2016 6:30 PM
    “Will the anemic Vikings offense find a way to score 20 points? Doubt it. Packers win big.”

    Its funny how arrogant some people can be! 2-0 baby, SKOL!

  26. sc5000 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Refs gave the vikes the win at the end to make up for keeping the game close for Green Bay for the first 58 minutes. Sloppy uneventful game.

  27. allight59 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Cheesers will go into hiding as they always do. What is the over/under on how long the denial in GB will last that Erin is on the decline?

  28. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Never underestimate Zimmer.

    Game over. Move on to Carolina.

  29. bubbasmithguy says: Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    Packer fans… Your team is on a steep decline. Packers suck, Packers suck, Packers suck. You really should have lost by a much larger score but you got the bounces and of course as usual you have the refs in your back pocket. I heard a lot of Bleep talking this week but your team really has a lot of wholes overall as well as a declining QB. Good luck the rest of the season maybe you won’t go 0-3 against the division at home this year again. Skol brother.

  30. bordner says: Sep 18, 2016 11:51 PM

    Overall, not a bad showing by the Packers, considering that they were going up against The Greatest Defense in the History of the NFL and The Greatest Coach in the History of the NFL. And even though The Greatest Running Back in the History of the NFL left early with an injury, The Greatest Fans in the History of the NFL were still there to support the team. Fortunately for them, you don’t need any actual football knowledge when all that’s required of you is to be loud.

  31. packertruth says: Sep 18, 2016 11:51 PM

    Good win Vikings. Both squads have areas of concern. As a Packer fan, they need to retire the stupid pitch plays – they haven’t been successful at that since Favre was around, and our passing game apparently needs the illusion of play action. Hope the injuries are minor, and good to see Diggs own his penalty…..not liking having to face him the next few seasons. Congrats.

  32. siuleno says: Sep 18, 2016 11:51 PM

    yuck. that was embarrassing. hats off to Bradford, tho. good win, vikes.

  33. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 18, 2016 11:51 PM

    Viking fans were probably outraged about the penalty on the Packers after Rodgers took a late hit. Or the phantom PI call to extend the last drive. Because the Packers get every call, right?

  34. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 18, 2016 11:51 PM

    OK so where are the usual Packer Fans that post the first 9 out of 10 spots on Vikings stories? HMMM?

  35. pkrlvr says: Sep 18, 2016 11:51 PM

    Holy cow, Viking fans complaining about phantom pi when we lost the game on an iffy pi call. Can’t win with you guys.

  36. tonebones says: Sep 18, 2016 11:52 PM

    Adrian Peterson is one of the greatest RBs of all time but it’s a QB league and the Vikings finally have a QB. It’s on!

  37. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:52 PM

    Hey at least Aaron is still the 3rd or 4th best QB in the NFCN. Plus he finally threw for over 200 yards!

  38. coltluger says: Sep 18, 2016 11:52 PM

    Packer fans were saying Jags were great after last week’s slim victory. San Diego destroyed Jags today. Pack looked pathetic tonight – more penalty yards than offense. Pack will not tale the north this year, or for more to come.

  39. hamlet423 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:53 PM

    I thought Waynes was a #1 pick , and one of the top CB prospects in that 2015 draft? 4.3 speed. He sure didn’t look very fluid tonight, except for the INT at the end.

    So despite being a #1 pick, Waynes isn’t playing up to his draft status?

  40. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Sep 18, 2016 11:53 PM

    Lots of tears in Wi tonight. Too bad.

  41. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 18, 2016 11:54 PM

    big PACK guy here, on my way home from the game. First off, GREAT facility. Awesome stadium. Not as many PACK fan’s as I expected, probably for the best haha.

    Anyways, good game Vike’s. You had our number tonight. Great D frustrating rogers. Digs is an awesome receiver in the makeing. Great things ahead for the Vike’s with Bradford, although I don’t like it!!

    As for the PACK. Man, geez, bit of a stinker tonight boy’s. Better step it up rogers, dont like too see you pouting like that, not a good look for the champ.

    All said, we are down 1 game in the division. Time to improve. and we can. Congrats to the first place Vike’s. Told you all we had to overcome them, and I was right. GO PACK.

    >

  42. 49tinakane says: Sep 18, 2016 11:55 PM

    Great win for the vikings, after only 15 days sammy b played great, only one game tho, long season an hoping a.p is…ok…glad dont have to hear from the g bay trolls for a bit, or wait maybe we do, the vikings were going to loose by 30.

  43. thevikes85 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:55 PM

    Packers at Vikings

    MDS’s take: The Vikings relied on two defensive touchdowns to beat the Titans last week. They won’t have that kind of good fortune against a much better Packers offense, and they’ll lose their first game at their new stadium.

    MDS’s pick: Packers 20, Vikings 17.

    Florio’s take: It’s a tattoo game in Minnesota, where the outcome of the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium will make its way onto the home team’s permanent record, for better or worse. Bet the worse.

    Florio’s pick: Packers 27, Vikings 20.

    I hope you clowns don’t get paid for this nonsense you spout.

    Oh Pack fans SAM BRADFORD just outplayed Aaron.Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  44. lukeshow says: Sep 18, 2016 11:55 PM

    Hmmmm.

    Zero trolls.

  45. duffelbagsports says: Sep 18, 2016 11:55 PM

    Wait, the experts said Aaron Rogers was the best QB in football.

    Tom Brady

  46. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 PM

    Trey Wayne’s will be an elite NFL corner, he’s almost always air tight on the player, just needs to make more plays on the ball like he did to put the nail in the Packers coffin. The future is bright in Minnesota!

  47. nhpats says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 PM

    Remember when Vikings fans thought Teddy Bridgewater was the answer?

  48. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 PM

    My Packers can’t win anymore. Marbles or not.

  49. minnescrotums says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 PM

    jermainewiggins says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:50 PM
    Isn’t it funny how so many packer fans claimed victory so soon in the week. So many articles as well as all the “experts” said the pack would win.

    mkesfinest posted these comments earlier in the week on an article when the speculation built that bradford would start.

    mkesfinest says: Sep 14, 2016 6:05 PM
    “Makes no difference. GB wins by 2+ scores. ”

    mkesfinest says: Sep 14, 2016 6:30 PM
    “Will the anemic Vikings offense find a way to score 20 points? Doubt it. Packers win big.”

    Its funny how arrogant some people can be! 2-0 baby, SKOL!

    —–

    She says in an extremely arrogant post.

  50. coltluger says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 PM

    Maybe Erin can give an assessment of how the turf tastes in the new stadium. Probably better than humble pie.

  51. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 PM

    i’m shocked none of those tiny hand fumbles went for a fumble 6? I thought for sure we would get 2 fumble 6’s…. oh well! sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way

  52. blindofficial says: Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Seriously, the majority of the people on this website had better be overjoyed for the few moments of silence this is going to buy us all from the prevalent GB trolls.

    Thank you football gods and thank you Mike Zimmer!

  53. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    ps don’t call in sick tomorrow morning fellow PACK fan’s!!!! too obvious. have soem confidence and class. GO PACK!!

    >

  54. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Now watch Green Bay fall ONE spot in the Power Rankings
    still ahead of Minnesota, such is the love affair for the Pack.

  55. bighyzer says: Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Not really suprised. The division champions hosting a inferior team at home, in a new stadium, during prime time.

  56. darrinnelsonkilledthedream says: Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Watching Waynes reminded me of watching Xavier Rhodes a few years ago. Great talent, but still struggling with technique.

    The Packers looked frustrated in the second half, you could literally see it on their faces. I’m even more impressed with what coach Zimmer and the defensive staff are teaching these guys about technique and positioning because even a ne0-maxi-zoom-dweebie like me can see some of it. Rodgers ran a bunch, but not by design. Receivers were smothered tonight.

    Huge win tonight. Green Bay doesn’t look like themselves though…

  57. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Jordy Nelson is back, Eddie Lacy isn’t 200 pounds overweight this year and the Packers offense is top 5 again! Oh wait.

  58. jermainewiggins says: Sep 18, 2016 11:58 PM

    or then there is this guy that acts as bradford has the same accuracty issues that jamarcus russell had.

    skoodsports says: Sep 14, 2016 6:40 PM
    Vikings fans sound a lot like Eagles fans did last year.
    “Wow, look at that precision accuracy!”

    “Bradford is tearing up the preseason! He’s going to the Pro Bowl this year!”

    Aaaand then reality unveiled itself and Sammy continued to prove why he is and will forever be another in a long line of #1 pick BUSTS.
    Not only can the guy not stay healthy. But, when he is healthy, he’s a turnover machine.
    Good luck Minny, you’re going to need it.
    Oh, and pretty high and mighty this week for a team that needed two defensive touchdowns to overcome the worst team in the NFL last year.

    Bradford looked awesome and showed that we can still be a threat. Its funny how those same people aren’t talking. SKOL

  59. finchy74 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:59 PM

    FWIW Viking fans, I don’t think the identity of your team was AP any longer, it’s the defense. I’m sure nobody is happy that Peterson is hurt, but it’s a deep group behind him with a more flexible skillset. I don’t think this is going to be that big of a loss as odd as it sounds.

    And item #1, rodgers didn’t look himself because he was playing against one of the best defenses in the league tonight.

    Congrats Vikings fans on the win, and congrats on what hopefully results in a short period of peace and quiet from the packer fans.

  60. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:59 PM

    You know your defense stinks with Randal is a starter. Worst corner I have ever seen in my life.

  61. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM

    What are we gonna do? Aaron is surely on the decline now. But we will live in denial.

  62. jim0tt0 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM

    Aaron looked scared. Jordy looked scared. McCarthy looked scared. And the score doesn’t come close to telling the whole story since the Packers got gifted so much in the game.

  63. vfan76 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM

    C’mon Packers Fans, lets hear those excuses.

  64. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM

    Thank you Tokyo. At least you can admit it.

  65. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:02 AM

    Congrats on the win Vikings fans. Bradford played exceedingly well today. Better team won this game – but we’ll see you in December. Make sure you fix that OL or Bradford ain’t gonna make it through the year.

    And all that to say, I’m actually somewhat encouraged. There were execution problems and physical mistakes on offense – especially by AR and MM. But they had a rhythm in the 4th quarter against a good defense for the first time in a LONG time. They deserved to lose. Buuuut, we all know, September doesn’t really matter. AR needs to hit his spots again. You’ve got to think he figures it out. And Jordy will only get better.

    Game on.

  66. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 19, 2016 12:02 AM

    When the tide turns and you’re in over your head, you can always drown your sorrows in your old reliable. Beer. Drink up, Wisconsin.

  67. moezilla says: Sep 19, 2016 12:02 AM

    I mean, hooray Vikes and everything but…Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception against Minny since 2009?!? Trae better bronze that thing and then garnish it with the 15 PI flags he got tonight…

  68. redandgoldhitman52 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:04 AM

    At 2-0 , sam and the vikings are the real deal. I’m not a teddy hater, but I think sam makes the vikings a better team. Teddy is still young with not a strong enough arm. Sam is a proven vet in his prime who can make all the throws and doesn’t make the mistakes a young about would make. The vikings are a dangerous team and will go deep into the playoffs, possibly go all the way and win the Super Bowl.

  69. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 12:04 AM

    The Vikings earned the win in a badly played game, outside of Bradford’s performance. Right now, neither team looked like one of the NFL’s best.

    But someone has to win the NFC North, and it’s not going to be the Bears or Lions.

    Congrats to the Vikings’ fans.

    Now someone needs to into Applebee’s or whatever restaurant bathroom that is at U.S. Bank and see how Adrian Peterson is doing.

  70. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 19, 2016 12:04 AM

    Diggs! Sebastian Thunderbucket! Let’s go!

  71. ramfanmatt says: Sep 19, 2016 12:05 AM

    People like to hate on Bradford, but the guy is extremely talented. He has never had a receiver anywhere close to Diggs. Hard to imagine the guy has had such little time to learn the playbook and build chemistry.

  72. randalpnaditch says: Sep 19, 2016 12:05 AM

    I’m growing weary of McCarthy. He was an excellent coach, but after a certain number of years in the same division his offense is predictable and boring. I don’t know how we expect to win with the slowest receiving corps in the league, that’s on Thompson. We are going to do the same thing with Rodgrsr as we did with Favre.

  73. darkneptune73 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:06 AM

    I give a standing ovation to Tokyosandblaster for being a class act for once. The Vikings showed up to play.

  74. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:07 AM

    The balance of power in the NFCN has shifted. For good.

  75. thatcommonsenseguy says: Sep 19, 2016 12:07 AM

    You lost the game on an interception.

  76. twinfan24 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:08 AM

    Bradford looked very good in his first start for the Vikings. And, he made Diggs look even better than he did last year and last week. Nice placement and timing on the longer throws.

    Hope AP doesn’t miss too much time. But, if Bradford can play like that, and the defense stays strong, they will have a chance in any game.

  77. djvh2 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:10 AM

    Nice game. Must be nice to have a coach who recognizes things and knows how to make a good plan and make adjustments. I’ve always been down on McCarthy for my team, but it’s getting to be unwatchable. Worse yet, when his offense is doing nothing in a defensive game, he doesn’t take the FG to tie the game. Very frustrating again.

  78. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:11 AM

    It sure didn’t take long for Sam Bradford to figure out the GB defense. For goodness sake, GB barely escaped with a win in Jacksonville.

    #packersindecline

  79. jerrykill4pres says: Sep 19, 2016 12:11 AM

    That was a fun game to watch. And as usual, when your going up against Rodgers, the game isn’t over until the clock hits 00:00.. Waynes was really getting picked on, but made up in the end for being so grabby, and forgetting zim’s fundamentals.

    Can’t believe Rodgers put the ball on the terrible carpet 4 times and we only end up with it once! We pick up one or two more of those and it’s quite a different score.

    Rhoads being out hurts. But this defense is real. Zim had Rodgers real frustrated, and that just never happens!

    Ap’s injury doesn’t scare me as much as hunter, Floyd and Rhodes! I think McKinnon will fill in just fine.

    Good game Packer fans. But I look forward to the next matchup. Think giving Nelson and Rodgers time again, and for Nelson to fully be comfortable with his knee will make a big difference.

  80. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:11 AM

    I can’t wait to trade Sam Bradford for 2 or 3 first round picks after the super bowl. The magician does it again!

  81. absodefinitely says: Sep 19, 2016 12:13 AM

    hamlet423 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:53 PM

    I thought Waynes was a #1 pick , and one of the top CB prospects in that 2015 draft? 4.3 speed. He sure didn’t look very fluid tonight, except for the INT at the end.

    So despite being a #1 pick, Waynes isn’t playing up to his draft status?
    —————————————————————
    Not at all. Waynes has looked really grabby and hasn’t got his head around when the ball is in the air. He better get it straightened out or when Rhodes comes back, he’ll be on the bench. Zimmer briefly put the rookie Alexander out there and if Rhodes misses more time and Waynes doesn’t play up to his potential, we’ll see more of Alexander. On another note, I thought it was a good game, and I think the Vikes and Packers fans that appreciate the rivalry have the right idea. Props to the real Packers fans that came on here and didn’t post a bunch of silly nonsense. Dec. 24th is going to be a brawl. Looking forward to it. Hope both teams are as close to full strength as any teams can be at that point in the season.

  82. northernminnesota says: Sep 19, 2016 12:14 AM

    Good game Pack. Very nerve wracking at the end. An unusual mistake by Rodgers seals the deal for my Vikes. The Vikings better figure out the issues with the offensive line. We aren’t getting our money’s worth out of the highest paid line in the league. It’s going to be a big problem vs the Panthers. It’s going to be tough to beat the Packers again in Lambeau after they get more tape on Bradford in purple. Sending good vibes Adrian’s way. I hope it’s not as bad as it looked.

  83. bert1913 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:14 AM

    I love when Rodgers loses

  84. Michelle says: Sep 19, 2016 12:15 AM

    As a Viking fan since the 1960’s, I am always sitting on pins and needles waiting for them to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. I am over joyed by their win.

  85. gogreenbiotch says: Sep 19, 2016 12:15 AM

    I wouldn’t get to excited if I was a vikings fan. If AP is done with that line Bradford is in big trouble. Only putting up 17 points at home against a pretty crappy defense is not going to be enough.

    Diggs is the real deal though and so is the Vikings defense. That being said as an eagles fan who has the Vikings first, this game only made me happier to have it. The real Bradford will stand up when a defense that can play kills him. Next week is the real test. I gotta believe that Carolina team that can play both defense and offense is liking it chops. The Vikings may end up 2-3 real quick.

    But the stadium is clearly one of the better ones.

  86. moses74 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:15 AM

    johngaltwho says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Congrats to the Vikings – big win in their new stadium. Zimmer outcoached McCarthy, Bradford outplayed whoever that was impersonating Aaron Rodgers. Wow, didnt see that coming. Hope Peterson is ok. Its a long season. Go Pack Go.

    —————————————

    It’s that woman Rodgers is dating. Im telling you, woman can have this kind of effect on men. I felt this about Rodgers even before the media started hitting on it last season.

  87. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:17 AM

    A lot of people in WI calling in sick tomorrow. No drop in productivity.

  88. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 12:17 AM

    So steller, just too clarify, our PACK D is still as good as the vike’s? I’m not so sure. Just being realistic. GO PACK

    >

  89. moses74 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:18 AM

    purp98 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:48 PM

    Its not like Peterson has been a beast this year. He really hasn’t done anything to this point.
    ———————————–

    And you’re making your analyzing off a game and half for Peterson?? Give me a break dude.

    Another arm-chair expert with zero sense.

  90. gtodriver says: Sep 19, 2016 12:19 AM

    Maybe Rodgers should have spent some time developing his timing with his receivers during the preseason.

    Those guys can’t read his mind.

    For a QB that has played 2 full games, is their a QB with a worse yards per attempt average?

  91. mymazdaluvsme says: Sep 19, 2016 12:19 AM

    Haha, I live in SE Minnesota and work in La Crosse, Wisconsin. All year long I have to listen to Packer blubbering nonsense. Half of packer fans call in sick on Monday anyways, whether they win, loose or the game is at noon.

    The amount of talent is not even close in the Vikes favor, the defense made alot of mistakes tonight. But still made Rogers look shaky and he was a turn over machine.
    The future looks bright for only one of these teams

  92. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:19 AM

    Congrats goes to the Vikings. Well fought, nice job defending the home turf and winning the first one at the new stadium. Don’t forget the answer to the question “Who scored the first TD at U.S. Bank Stadium? A: Jordy Nelson”.

    I’m ticked off but not all that concerned about tonight’s performance. This one lies at the feet of Rodgers. It’s been awhile since he’s shown his best. The D-line and young LB’s played well, and it was too bad both Shields and Xavier Rhodes missed this one. Waynes had some rough moments covering for Rhodes, and Randall, who the Packers and we fans are high on, was torched all night.

    The best I can say for GB is that if our best 2 positions (QB and defensive backfield) had terrible games and we lost by 3 on the road, so I’ve gotta think things are looking up. And I’m looking forward to flying cross-country this Friday to see the home opener in Lambeau.

    I hope that the Christmas eve game at Lambeau is for all the marbles, and includes AD, Rhodes and Floyd on the field along with Shields, Pennel and Guion.

    Congrats again. See you guys on the next PFT post….

  93. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:20 AM

    Zimmer is a far better coach than McCarthy.

  94. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 12:20 AM

    Also did filthy mix in any 35w bridge, korey stringer, or bridge water injury jokes yet? Oh yeah. Of course not. Sociopath. GO PACK

    <

  95. johngaltwho says: Sep 19, 2016 12:22 AM

    Interesting. Most of the Packer posts congratulate the Vikings on their big win while the Vikings fans are over the top and spend most of their posts taking digs at the Packers and their fans. Way to stay classy Vike fans. Its a long season.

  96. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:23 AM

    The zebras got more yards for the pack than their offense did. That’s some high quality h-2-O Wisconsin.

  97. thecatalinawinemixer says: Sep 19, 2016 12:23 AM

    Now, before viking fans start stoking each other(s) egos and how Sam Bradford is the second coming of, I don’t know, Culpepper(?), let’s remember this is the same packers secondary that got shredded by Blake Bortles last week. So maybe a little restraint is due there. Packer fans will say they didn’t have Shields, which turned out to be a decent problem, but they had him last week for most of that game though too.

    But viking fans should be much more worried about not only Peterson, who may miss time, but that offensive line, which is gonna get all 165 pounds of Bradford in a lot of trouble. I know Christy collinsworth called him tough, but his career track record says otherwise. Although a bruised non-throwing hand would’ve sidelined a weaker man.

    Actually, if Peterson is out for an extended time and Bradford gets hurt too the vikings can just trade away their first round pick for the next 5-12 years. You know, because THIS is the year.

  98. gophersnot says: Sep 19, 2016 12:24 AM

    Better football.

    For better people.

    Skol Vikings.

  99. 49tinakane says: Sep 19, 2016 12:25 AM

    Best part of the day is that both OVERRATED Shehawks and PACK lost today…I’m sure they both still be in the top 5 of the power ratings tho

  100. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:25 AM

    Where is Stellar? Frankie? 1961? I don’t hear anything but crickets.

  101. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:29 AM

    Time for the packers to draft a QB. Shawn Hill outperformed Rodgers last week, Bradford embarrassed Rodgers this week. Rodgers’ time is done, and GB has nothing else. Ouch.

  102. vikinganswer says: Sep 19, 2016 12:32 AM

    Settle down viking fans. Its ok to hoot and holler. No need to talk smack. Its 1 very nice win. GB beat us 1st last year and we all know what happened. Show some class. Diggs is a beast, The line has work to do. Defense was its usual self. Great game. Sure beats 56-55 college games too!!

  103. packmanfan says: Sep 19, 2016 12:33 AM

    I guess if my team was always getting beaten by a division rival year after year and they went on to win playoffs and an occasional SB I’d feel like my team had just won the Super Bowl as well after beating them even though my team is really lousy compared to the other one.

  104. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:33 AM

    I’m happy the Vikings won but wow, that offensive line is concerning. Is fusco that bad or is Daniels that good? I’ve never seen a guard get absolutely destroyed like that before. Ever. that’s why Peterson didn’t get anything going, the damn defensive lineman were in the backfield before the handoff was completed!

    Pretty impressive the team can lose bridgewater and possibly Peterson and still be on track. A couple years ago, losing Peterson would have been a guaranteed season killer.

    Bradford looked great. Seems like a good guy too. Just hope the line can keep him healthy.

  105. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 19, 2016 12:34 AM

    That Peterson thing ain’t gonna rub off. Why didn’t he just take a cart?
    Floppy sleeves Sam Bradford.

  106. jbdvks says: Sep 19, 2016 12:36 AM

    Has anyone seen or heard from Carl Gerbschmidt? Keep an eye on him tonight.

  107. packmanfan says: Sep 19, 2016 12:37 AM

    Enjoy it while you can Vikings trolls.
    Your team will never get a chance to sniff the Lombardi and your trophy case will always be empty of it in your lifetime.
    The season has just started so that still gives you plenty of time to get ready for the upcoming misery yet again.

  108. fansince68 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:38 AM

    Everything changed for Minnesota when Mike Zimmer was hired. I loved watching the 2014 squad improve every week, and 2015 showed Zimmer’s fight, Teddy’s poise and AP’s legs.

    There’s clearly a transformation in progress, and it began even before Peterson got hurt. Bradford has an NFL caliber are and never looked better. Crazy!

    Stupid to think GB won’t be in it. Rodgers is better than most QB’s even when he’s struggling, but Minnesota has a deeper squad and a better staff.

    O-line is not good and the injured players are badly needed. Here’s hoping Peterson will be okay, but he isn’t the heart of this team. Mike Zimmer is.

  109. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:38 AM

    The better team won tonight.

  110. youradarnfoo says: Sep 19, 2016 12:40 AM

    pack u can’t beat a has been back up and no ap. Pack suck

  111. campcouch says: Sep 19, 2016 1:05 AM

    Dubious talent followed by ascending talent. Which lot is it? Told you dudes Bradford would be fine on a team with talent, his career numbers are solid considering the teams he’s played on.

  112. chris1cat says: Sep 19, 2016 1:08 AM

    Beautiful stadium! Fantastic Victory!
    I saw Vikings fans treating Packers fans with respect for the most part. At least we acted like we won something before, unlike Bears fans!

  113. CallingYouOut says: Sep 19, 2016 1:16 AM

    The Vikings came in and played the game nobody thought they could win – qb Mano a Mano. Bradford looked legit and Aaron does not know what to do when playing against a team with talent and coaching. His career to date has been built upon beating joke teams from his division and then being humiliated in the playoffs. Lookout! Now he gets humiliated by the teams in his division and I think the Bears will g one or two scalps this year off GB too

  114. harshedmellow says: Sep 19, 2016 1:19 AM

    No dog in the fight but my takeaway is that a significant amount of life-energy was transferred from GB to the Vikings tonight. One team comes out energized and pumped, the other doubting and deflated. A transfusion of badassedness as it were.

  115. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:26 AM

    TJacks, if Randall is the worst DB you’ve ever seen, I’d take it in a heartbeat. The young man is a stud but had a terrible game tonight. I’d take him any day over Rhodes or Waynes. Let’s see your opinion in December.

    (oh, no, I’m asking for your opinion. Never mind. You post as much as Ariani, Cody, InTeddy and the rest of your brethren combined. But I will say at least InTeddy’s posts, though self-important, are sometimes worth reading.)

  116. beer4guy says: Sep 19, 2016 1:32 AM

    Wow, great game! Franchise QB out for the year, MVP RB down, best CB out for the game, no problem. D stepped up big time. If they would have just covered up on a couple more of those fumbles instead of trying to return them, this game would have been a lot more lopsided.

    Bradford looked much better than I expected. He made 4-5 throws that Teddy would have not even attempted. I’m really looking forward to see how good he can be in this offense later in the year.

    Diggs is a stud! I have a feeling that he’s seen the last of single coverage for awhile. Now the Vikings need to find a better #2. CJ has been almost non-existent that past two games. He’s getting no separation. Maybe time to try CP or Treadwell.

    I think it’s time to transform this offense into a pass-first offense. Our o-line is just not that good at run blocking. Fusco is getting abused. Maybe time to bring Sullivan back and move Berger to RG?

  117. artic19 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:39 AM

    Shaka when the walls fell

  118. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:40 AM

    Dang, this loss drops the Packers to 10-3-1 against the queens in their last 14 games. Just a stat I saw. Good news for Queens fans: I’m guessing that game 15-ago was won by the Vikes. Otherwise the stat would have read 11-3-1.

  119. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 1:51 AM

    Okay, I know the Vikings scored more points than the Packers, but did they gain more yards? That’s really all that matters, right Stellar? Stellar? Hello?

  120. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 1:55 AM

    hamlet423 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:53 PM

    I thought Waynes was a #1 pick , and one of the top CB prospects in that 2015 draft? 4.3 speed. He sure didn’t look very fluid tonight, except for the INT at the end.

    So despite being a #1 pick, Waynes isn’t playing up to his draft status?
    _________

    I thought Demarious Randall was a #1 pick and Packer fans said he was better than Trae Waynes. So you’re ripping the guy who had the game-winning interception of the best quarterback in history while your guy got burned all night? Yep, that sounds like you guys, all right.

  121. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 19, 2016 1:56 AM

    Viking fans please show some class for this win. Remember how last year the Packer fans were claiming how they had division won by October. You do not want to look that stupid.

  122. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 2:03 AM

    Boy, that little guy at quarterback sure does fumble a lot. Must be those tiny hands.

  123. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 2:07 AM

    I don’t know how anyone can watch the last two games and say that Adrian Peterson is the identity of the Vikings. He’s had 31 carries for 50 yards and the Vikings are 2-0. He looks like he just isn’t able to beat those stacked boxes anymore, so they may actually be better off playing a running back who isn’t going to face those defenses.

  124. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 19, 2016 2:45 AM

    Last week Frank Booth, Mr. Telekinesis himself, was on here telling Viking fans how they knew nothing about football because they did not realize how good the Jags were going to be this season.

  125. lukeshow says: Sep 19, 2016 2:45 AM

    Just going to enjoy the silence.

    Where’s stellar? Where’s Zero?

    At the bar, that’s where.

  126. dougy1970 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:55 AM

    As I wrote, the Packers would much rather have dealt with Shaun Hill’s arm than Bradford.

    The Packers of 2010-2014 used to have dudes running wide open at every depth of the field. Rodgers would hit open guys with beautiful lead passes for easy scores. Now, it seems like every damn pass is contested. Everything is oxcart thru the mud stuff. Where are the easy scores?

  127. skycyclepilot says: Sep 19, 2016 4:06 AM

    Glad to see AP out. Let’s hope it’s for good. I hope that child abusing SOB suffers as much as his son did after AP beat the h*ll out of him. AP should be serving a lengthy prison sentence for assault instead of playing football.

    Shame on the Vikings and the NFL for letting him get away with felony assault on a minor, and shame on all of you for ignoring what he did, and pretending it was nothing.

    As a victim of child abuse myself, I know the deep emotional, life changing scars AP’s son will live with for the rest of his life.

    Again, shame on the NFL, and all of you. AP, I hope you rot in h*ll.

  128. rollingrocks9 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:37 AM

    Rodgers isn’t declining. The problem with the offense is they refuse to establish a running game. Once they make teams think they will run they can throw over the top of the defense. Until they give the illusion of a running game their offense will remain mediocre. The “back-shoulder fade” can’t work every play.

  129. rugolin says: Sep 19, 2016 5:11 AM

    It is funny to hear the sound of silence from Viking fans who were tearing their clothes and pulling their hair about the trade management made for Bradford. YOU were all wrong. They guy can play well when he is on a team that actually knows how to pass block and not turn him into a tackling dummy for the opposing defense.

  130. gaetz23 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:12 AM

    Nice game by the Vikings. For the first quarter it had a “one of those games” feeling to it…the blocked punt, Sendejo’s fumbled fumble recovery, Newman’s penalties…but the defensive gameplan was solid and Bradford looked the part for one game at least. Have to clean up the penalties though…the Vikings D gave GB more yards than they could manage on their own. Waynes didn’t have bad game…he had a bad quarter. Rodgers tried to beat him deep multiple times in the first half, but couldn’t do it. Stay hungry and stay humble Vikings fans, the Panthers are next. We’ll see the Pack again on Christmas.

  131. Rolo Tomassi says: Sep 19, 2016 6:40 AM

    Ayyy fuuuny
    Aron Rogets issa 34th rat QB inna leeg
    Rob Griffin issa 35

  132. manureman says: Sep 19, 2016 7:03 AM

    Seems like old times, gb qb throwing a late pick to seal their fate. At least Brett did it with flair plus he never pouted about it. Next step back to the 70’s america IS great again.

  133. pastabelly says: Sep 19, 2016 7:09 AM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM
    What are we gonna do? Aaron is surely on the decline now. But we will live in denial.
    ========================================
    If Aaron Rogers told you once, he’ll tell you again. R-E-L-A-X. He’s 32 years old. They’ve played two road games. Nothing like jumping the gun though. I say this as a fan of a team that starts a 39-year old quarterback.

  134. chieftaindawg says: Sep 19, 2016 7:15 AM

    Aaron Rodgers-Its week 2, buddy. And you know this….

  135. gaetz23 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:17 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Jordy Nelson is back, Eddie Lacy isn’t 200 pounds overweight this year and the Packers offense is top 5 again! Oh wait.

    ———————————-

    You forgot about Jared Cook being the field stretching, difference making TE that would cement GB’s status as an offensive juggernaut.

  136. itscarpweekondiscoverwi says: Sep 19, 2016 7:19 AM

    Packers still the better team, and not by a little bit. Nice to let our little brother feel important for few days. Some day maybe you can be important and have people care about you, who knows!

  137. yizudien says: Sep 19, 2016 7:37 AM

    As a vikings fan I am glad AP got hurt. 2 into the season he has looked like he should have retired. Our running game picks up when the alternates are in.

    Our kicker is not to be trusted, it didn’t surprise any one that we went for it on fourth downs.

    Lastly, I am concerned we will see them two more times this season (I assume they will make the playoffs). Beating them 3 times in a year is a tough thing to do, Rogers is a pro. He will forget about this loss and look forward to the next encounter.

  138. pkrh8tr says: Sep 19, 2016 7:48 AM

    Congrats Viking fans. Learn to fall on fumbles and maybe shore up the OL and you might have something

    Personally I want to thank you for ridding the frequently packer fan posters albeit only for a short time. You know the ones I’m talking about.

  139. fmc651 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:53 AM

    Rodgers 213 yards passing
    Bradford 286 yards passing

    Jordy 73 receiving yards
    Diggs 182 receiving yards

    Packers 6 penalties 72
    Vikings (least penalized team in the league last year until they play the packers. ) 13 penalties for 137 yards. More than double the flags the pack had. Come on Man!

  140. ccous13 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:54 AM

    Congrats on winning the first game in your new stadium, that’s a nice milestone. Pack offense had no answer for Vikes D; they were very out of sync again. Bradford was solid, Diggs looked really good with no one able to cover him, and did just enough to win. Good win, see you at Lambeau.

  141. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 7:57 AM

    The packers are in full decline

  142. gtodriver says: Sep 19, 2016 8:24 AM

    @moezilla

    You claim the Vikings haven’t intercepted Rodgers since 2009.

    Like most Packer fans, you have a short memory.

    Rodgers was intercepted just last January. You know, when the Packers lost the NFC North title at Lambeau to go winless against the NFC North at Lambeau for the season.

  143. usedjock says: Sep 19, 2016 8:26 AM

    vfan76 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM

    C’mon Packers Fans, lets hear those excuses.

    There are no excuses. Our team lost to a team more determined tonight and made the bigger plays when it mattered.
    Aaron was not at his best, the coaching staff must have decided that it was optional to cover Diggs, and that you don’t take a FG in a tight game. Pains me to say it but the better team won last night.

    See you in Lambeau

  144. Mad Chef says: Sep 19, 2016 8:37 AM

    Lifelong Vikes fan here, I was really hoping for a a win last night. Nothing has been easy for the Vikes against the Pack but they prevailed last night. It was great to see a QB slinging it all over the field and Diggs exploding onto the national scene last night. Historically the Vikes are terrible in prime time games. There’s a new era in Minnesota and it’s led by Mike Zimmer. I loved his fearless 4th and 1 pass play call. His defense will only get stronger. He does need to caoch up young Waynes though. They won’t survive with 3-4 PI calls against him every game. I do think Trae may have gotten a nice confidence boost with that pick last night.
    US Bank Stadium was glowing purple this morning!
    Skol Vikings!

  145. jbdvks says: Sep 19, 2016 8:41 AM

    One word Packers nation “Diggs.”
    Can you Digg it?

  146. jbdvks says: Sep 19, 2016 8:43 AM

    Hey Stellar, Carl, your thoughts on the beat down?

  147. jimmysee says: Sep 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    I’ve been a Packers fan since Scooter McLean was head coach, remember when Coach Lombardi was hired, and have lived through all the ups and downs since.

    Congrats to the Vikes for last night — the job, though, is to do that week in and week out.

    This year’s Packers have problems that need to be worked out.

    But having watched the team for nearly 60 years, I believe they’ve got the personnel and staff to do just that.

    It’s a long season – we’re only at week 2.

    Now looking forward to the opener at Lambeau.

    And PS — hope Peterson’s knee will be OK.

  148. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:00 AM

    coltluger says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Bradford > Rodgers. No doubt.
    ——————————————————
    Rodgers 103.8 career rating
    Bradford 81.5 career rating

    Rodgers 1 ring
    Bradford 0 rings

    Rodgers 2 MVPs
    Bradford 0 MVPs

    Just saying…….

  149. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:02 AM

    coltluger says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Bradford > Rodgers. No doubt.
    ——————————————————
    Rodgers 103.8 career rating
    Bradford 81.5 career rating

    Rodgers 1 ring
    Bradford 0 rings

    Rodgers 2 MVPs
    Bradford 0 MVPs

  150. 49tinakane says: Sep 19, 2016 9:03 AM

    cribbage12 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:40 AM

    Dang, this loss drops the Packers to 10-3-1 against the queens in their last 14 games. Just a stat I saw. Good news for Queens fans: I’m guessing that game 15-ago was won by the Vikes. Otherwise the stat would have read 11-3-1.
    *********************************************
    Hey neat stat, I hope that makes you sleep easier at night, in fact maybe Green Bay should raise a banner with that stat on it since you are so in love with past stats. Frank Booth, 1 game does not make a season, but the Vikings just beat you with a QB who wasn’t on the roster 16 days ago, getting nothing out of one of the best running backs in the NFL, and missing their best corner and other good DT. Like I told you on Saturday the division isn’t won with this one game, but lets not act every national analyst didn’t pick the pack to Win and called out the Vikings Defense. Welp now you know the Vikings defense is for real, good luck until 12/24.

  151. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 19, 2016 9:24 AM

    itscarpweekondiscoverwi says:
    Sep 19, 2016 7:19 AM
    Packers still the better team, and not by a little bit. Nice to let our little brother feel important for few days. Some day maybe you can be important and have people care about you, who knows!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    HUH?
    The only thing I can think of is he’s in SHOCK or denial, the Packers are in 3rd place in the NFCN where they belong, and right where I predicted. Is this typical Narcissism, Arrogance, or what? Just can’t fathom their mighty Packers have fallen, McCarthy is totally befuddled by Coach Zimmers Defense.
    Just wait until Bradford knows the full playbook and Offensive players.
    Sending a Prayer to Adrian….. Hang in there buddy, were pulling for a quick recovery.
    It was GREAT seeing Bud Grant in the Building.

  152. greenmtnboy31 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    Rodgers looked exactly like Rodgers, which is to say he’s ok and a serviceable QB. The problem is a lot of people have bought into all the unearned hype that has surrounded Rodgers, which then lends to this idea that he is more and better than he actually is.

  153. martineast says: Sep 19, 2016 9:49 AM

    Vikings deserved it. Really good D. What happened to our stud dbs Randall and Rollins? They look like they are back playing basketball. Better get Marwin and his 4.3 speed out there to cover someone…
    Aaron holding the ball out there like a frigging loaf of bread…irony that our D is looking good and our O is below average. Fix it up Pack….Go Pack Go.

  154. josephec says: Sep 19, 2016 9:51 AM

    How did the Packers lose is a game where no one called holding on their offensive line, Rodgers and Nelson were both healthy, and Rogers was even given a young, inexperienced backup corner to throw at?
    1) They were soundly outcoached.
    2) Rodgers held the ball to long and took sack/strips.
    3) Nelson cant run anymore. It was pretty obvious.

    Ted Thompson ( aka the Packers Brain Wizard) just didn’t see the need for Josh Sitton. I’ll bet he was laughing last night.

    The Green Bay Packers are unraveling. Rodgers is aging and taking more and more hits. The wide receiver corps that made the Packers peak late for a SB run 5 years ago is long gone.
    But it just doesn’t really matter, Sconnie trash will continue to get knee-walking drunk and continue to call themselves “champions”, and call there sheethole town “Titletown”, just like Dallas is still calling themselves “America’s Team”…..it’s really kinda pathetic.

  155. shaggytoodle says: Sep 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    It’s overreaction Monday around here, the Packers have started off slow the last couple seasons, and while the Vikings are right to be happy they won GB fans knew they weren’t goi g to go 16 and 0.

    While Diggs played great and, Bradford dropped in some beautiful passes, AP has lost a step and is averaging about 25 to 30 yards a game.

    Rodoers had a bad putting yesterday, but it’s still early in the season and every one should relax

  156. skol4life says: Sep 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    Where’s Stellar? He went to game last night and I hope he’s ok and didn’t pick a fight with anybody.

  157. gaetz23 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:37 AM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    It’s overreaction Monday around here, the Packers have started off slow the last couple seasons, and while the Vikings are right to be happy they won GB fans knew they weren’t goi g to go 16 and 0.

    While Diggs played great and, Bradford dropped in some beautiful passes, AP has lost a step and is averaging about 25 to 30 yards a game.

    Rodoers had a bad putting yesterday, but it’s still early in the season and every one should relax

    ——————————————————-

    Didn’t realize 6-0 was a slow start. Rodgers will go down as one of the all-time greats as he should, and is still a very good QB…well above average. He’s just regressing to the mean. There was a study on 10 year starting QBs. The trend is that QBs peak around 28-29 years old and start a slow regression until they eventually fall off of the statistical cliff. Sometimes you’re Manning and hit it 39 or sometimes you’re McNabb and get there at 32. Week 6 vs the Chargers last year was the last time Rodgers finished a game with a 100+ rating. That’s 14 games including the playoffs. Packers fans are used to those games where he completely takes over as being the norm where it’s now becoming the exception. There will be a few times this year where he will re-assert himself, but his MVP days are behind him.

  158. senxic says: Sep 19, 2016 11:00 AM

    Almost all of the PI calls were blatant. They even showed all the replays of them. The Vikings should blame the Waynes guy for acting like a cloths hangar.

    Vikings did out play GB last night though, but its silly to compare penalties when you have a bunch of false starts and a CB that cant keep his hands to himself.

    – Let’s be honest, the only stat that matters is a championship.

  159. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    With only two weeks together, a “has been” QB and a fifth round receiver embarrass the NFL MVP QB and his long-time favorite target. God and the zebras couldn’t save them from their arrogance.

  160. brewdogg says: Sep 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    @ cribbage

    Going into the Dec matchup in ’96, the Vikings had won 9 of the previous 12 games. During this time, the Packers were Super Bowl contenders and the Vikings were a fading team reeling from the aftermath of the Walker trade. But since the Vikings were 9-3 in the head-to-head, they were clearly the better team, right?

    Now let’s talk about what actually matters. At this point, the Vikings are first in the division and hold the tiebreaker over the Packers. But with 87.5% of the season to go, I’m not writing anything in ink. Carolina will gameplan to pressure Bradford and take Diggs out of the game, and Norv better have some answers.

    Oh yeah….Sparano, if you ever want a job in the NFL again….

  161. shaggytoodle says: Sep 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    gaetz23 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:37 AM

    Didn’t realize 6-0 was a slow start
    ______

    Brfore that, they started 3 consecutive seasons with 1-2 record.

  162. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 12:11 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:25 AM

    Where is Stellar? Frankie? 1961? I don’t hear anything but crickets.
    ===================================
    I congratulated the Vikings fans on a couple of different threads, including this one- so did Stellar. If it really matters to you, read the threads yourself.

    I’ve never seen fans of a defending division champion make such a big deal of winning a 3 point game at home over a team that finished behind them the previous year. Truly, a 3 point “beatdown” over a team “in decline” shows that the Vikings are really something special.

    And the Vikings’ fans are still blaming the refs for bad calls, when they should be pointing their fingers at the players that committed those fouls.

  163. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 12:16 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:40 AM

    Dang, this loss drops the Packers to 10-3-1 against the queens in their last 14 games. Just a stat I saw. Good news for Queens fans: I’m guessing that game 15-ago was won by the Vikes. Otherwise the stat would have read 11-3-1.
    ________

    I guess if we’re going to look at records over an arbitrary time span, I could point out that the Vikings are 2-0 against the Packers in their last two games. That stat seems slightly more relevant to what’s going on today, but congratulations on all those wins in the early 2010’s against players that are now retired.

  164. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    That game wasn’t the “test” we were told it was supposed to be. Rhodes on the bench, Kalil being Kalil, AP performing well below his average and we still won. Maybe GB isn’t as good as they’re made out to be – I mean they barely beat a team that SD blew out of the water yesterday.

  165. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    Rodgers played poorly when a blitz was called. 33% completion percentage. Bad football.

  166. beer4guy says: Sep 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    frank booth says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:11 PM

    I’ve never seen fans of a defending division champion make such a big deal of winning a 3 point game at home over a team that finished behind them the previous year. Truly, a 3 point “beatdown” over a team “in decline” shows that the Vikings are really something special.
    __________________________

    Wow, you’re really taking the loss hard for a “Bears fan.” Were you not around here last year after the Packers beat the Vikings? There were Packer fans coming out of the woodwork to beat their chest and declare the Division race all but over. What comes around, goes around.

  167. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 1:42 PM

    coltluger says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    That game wasn’t the “test” we were told it was supposed to be. Rhodes on the bench, Kalil being Kalil, AP performing well below his average and we still won. Maybe GB isn’t as good as they’re made out to be – I mean they barely beat a team that SD blew out of the water yesterday.
    ===================================
    Green Bay isn’t what they were made out to be. Which means that the Vikings beat a subpar team at home by 3 points.

    The Packers did barely beat a team that San Diego blew out yesterday- and then the Vikings barely beat the team that barely beat the team blown out by San Diego. If barely beating Jacksonville is a bad reflection on the Packers, then surely the fact that the Vikings barely beat the Packers reflects poorly on them.

    Suddenly, the NFC North looks like one of the weaker divisions in the league.

  168. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 2:26 PM

    Wasn’t the return of Nelson supposed to cure all of GB’s ills from last year? Guess not.

  169. brewdogg says: Sep 19, 2016 3:10 PM

    Hey Frank….

    An offense sporting two new linemen, a QB that wasn’t on the roster two weeks ago, star RB out injured. A defense missing two of their better starters. Prime time against a division rival that is a contender until the final standings say otherwise (it’s Rodgers and the Packers, let’s be real)…..

    Yeah, coming out of that with a win is worth mentioning. A win next week and high expectations will be warranted.

  170. finchy74 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:10 PM

    Some mighty sour grapes in this thread from some of the packer fans. Better to just stay offline than embarrass yourselves.

  171. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 4:00 PM

    Rodgers sure stunk it up last night. Five sacks, three fumbles and a pick at the worst possible time. Neither Rodgers nor McMuffin had an answer. Now that the way to get to Rodgers is known, he will be running a lot.

  172. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 4:31 PM

    coltluger says:
    Sep 19, 2016 4:00 PM

    Rodgers sure stunk it up last night. Five sacks, three fumbles and a pick at the worst possible time. Neither Rodgers nor McMuffin had an answer. Now that the way to get to Rodgers is known, he will be running a lot.
    ==================================
    Yeah. It was such a secret before that hitting QB’s and getting sacks was the way to get to them. Now that the word is out, I’ll bet teams will start rushing quarterbacks as part of their game plans. And it’s true: When defensive players chase QB’s, they will try to get away from them.

  173. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 4:58 PM

    Bradford was under a considerable amount of pressure last night, yet he didn’t fumble three times or throw a pick. Seems like the MN coaches know how to make adjustments.

  174. wafflestomp says: Sep 19, 2016 5:23 PM

    Congrats to the Barneys for pulling out the close victory.
    It’s still a little odd to me that their joyless fans can’t just enjoy it without griping about the officiating again.

    A few takeaways:
    I watched The whole game and I really enjoyed the views of your new McStadium, though I must have missed the tour of the trophy room.

    I told everyone within earshot that Bradford was going to be a huge upgrade over Bridgewater, but he cost too much for a china doll who’s going to be tough to keep healthy. Every week will be an adventure, especially with that delicate O-line.

    I also found it a bit odd that with all the money Minneapolis and the Wilfs forked over for a new stadium, that they have to drag their wounded players through the stands rather than cart them out, you know, like every other team does.

    I found it hilarious that Boone had to tell the clueless Barney fans to “Shut the (Bleep) Up!” when they’re on offense.

    And I reviewed the schedule carefully and am relieved to know that this season isn’t just two weeks long. Whew!

    See you at Lambeau and Merry Christmas.

    And Hey, I may rip you guys for your lame indoors glass Jawa sandcrawler, but I have to admit that fire breathing dragon was pretty Damn cool.

  175. vikingsftw says: Sep 19, 2016 6:08 PM

    If Aaron wasn’t so concerned with swatting flies with golf clubs in his house and stuffing Fabios fat face…maybe they he could concentrate on being an NFL quarterback.

  176. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 8:18 PM

    Complete packer homer – Frankie Booth.

  177. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 9:21 PM

    coltluger says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:18 PM

    Complete packer homer – Frankie Booth.
    ===================================Your knowledge of me is actually worse than what you know about football. But for some, if you don’t know the truth, just make up your own.

  178. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 10:30 PM

    Oh yeah – you’re a “Bears fan.” Right . . .

  179. 13worldchampioinships says: Sep 20, 2016 11:19 AM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:02 AM
    coltluger says:
    Sep 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    Bradford > Rodgers. No doubt.
    ——————————————————
    Rodgers 103.8 career rating
    Bradford 81.5 career rating

    Rodgers 1 ring
    Bradford 0 rings

    Rodgers 2 MVPs
    Bradford 0 MVPs

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    ^^^^
    This response actually happened. LOL.

    Classic Packer fan. Guy was referencing the game, not career stats. But wounded Packer fans always… reference… superbowls. WE GET IT! YOUR TEAM HAS WON A SUPERBOWL BEFORE.

  180. maniacwithaknife says: Sep 20, 2016 10:00 PM

    The two most overrated teams in the NFL. Neither one of these teams is a threat to do anything. The Lions will win this division at 9-7. Though the Vikings are clearly better off with Bradford, the Packers are going nowhere until they get a QB. Rodgers is the most overrated QB in the history of the NFL. The guy had a half-dozen good games at the end of the 2010 season and hasn’t done anything of note since – other than choke in the playoffs.

  181. gaetz23 says: Sep 21, 2016 7:46 PM

    The Lions will win this division at 9-7.

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    There’s a first time for everything, I suppose. The Lions are the only NFC team, and one of 4 teams overall (Jaguars, Bills and Browns) to not win a division since realignment. In other words, they’ve never won an NFC North division title. That’s some elite company.

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