Sunday Night wrap-up: Kirk Cousins leads Vikings to win

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Kirk Cousins may never be as good as Aaron Rodgers.

But for a night he was good enough, and won a night game for a change.

The Vikings quarterback was sharp in their 24-17 win over the Packers, earning his money and putting his team in good position for the final month of the season.

He finished 29-of-38 for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and made the timely plays when he needed them. It was more of an efficient night than eye-popping, but he he was clearly the better quarterback of the two.

It was his fifth win in 17 tries in prime time, but more importantly, it puts the Vikings (6-4-1) in the best spot for the top wild card berth in the NFC.

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

1. In the past, it has been easy to assume that given enough time, Rodgers was good enough to drag a sub-standard team to a win.

The reality at the moment is that Rodgers is not playing to his own standards, and he clearly doesn’t have the kind of help he needs. He missed throws badly in the late stages of the game, the kind of plays we’re not conditioned to expect from him.

The first part of the problem is likely physical, as Rodgers hasn’t looked the same since his knee injury earlier this season. The kinds of plays where he buys time to make throws downfield are now becoming sacks, as he isn’t able to avoid the rush long enough or evade it when it gets close.

There’s also more pressure when left tackle David Bakhtiari is finishing the game on the bench, as it appeared his knee problems flared up, leaving Jason Spriggs to finish for him.

But there are also fundamental problems with the Packers, that go beyond his health or the injuries that have thinned them out. He doesn’t seem to have complete trust in his coaches or targets on the field, and that has left them closer to a top-10 pick than a playoff berth.

2. Coaches can be stubborn people.

After taking so much criticism for punting last week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy decided to go for a fourth down this time. But his decision was to plow running back Aaron Jones straight into the middle of the line during the third quarter, which the Vikings were waiting for.

It wasn’t a very imaginative call, and certainly the one that put the least responsibility on his best player. If that’s the kind of decision-making he’s going to employ on fourth downs, he’ll at least get people to stop criticizing the decision to go or not.

At least Mike Zimmer didn’t let his pride get in the way. He told NBC’s Michele Tafoya at halftime he wasn’t going to let the game be decided by kicker Dan Bailey, after Bailey missed two field goals in the first half. Of course, he should have gotten a third chance at the second one, since there was a penalty for at least running into him that wasn’t called.

But late in the third, Zimmer deigned to let Bailey try a 37-yarder, and he hit it to give the Vikings the lead.

3. The Vikings might enjoy the win, though seeing cornerback Xavier Rhodes leave the game late was a concern as they head down the stretch.

Rhodes is their best cover player, and with games coming up immediately against the Patriots and Packers (and what they hope are future playoff dates), it leaves a significant question mark. He grabbed at his hamstring as soon as he went down, and hobbled slowly off the field.

They got linebacker Anthony Barr back on the field Sunday, but need to be well because they’ve already given away most of their margin of error.

4. Packers tight end Jimmy Graham was active and dressed, but he didn’t do much.

After breaking his thumb last week, he played with his left hand in a glove and splinted and taped.

He wasn’t much use as a run-blocker, as you might imagine, and Marcedes Lewis got most of the work. He was targeted four times, and caught two passes for 34 yards.

With so many injuries at wide receiver, the Packers badly need Graham (or somebody who can make a play downfield) if they’re going to salvage this season.

5. Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander has made some impressive plays this year. But his most impressive may have been in the first half.

Alexander chucked Vikings wideout Adam Thielen backward into Stefon Diggs, forcing Diggs into a loss.

It was a physical play for a guy better known for his downfield coverage skills, and the kind of play that the Packers think he can build on.

187 responses to “Sunday Night wrap-up: Kirk Cousins leads Vikings to win

  1. Vikings win

    Cousins > Rodgers this season with similar contracts

    Early offseason for the Pack start today

    As expected

  2. Better team won… but both these teams have major issues. Packers need some big changes to get back on track. MM looks like a beaten man on the sideline. Time to let him do his thing somewhere else.

  3. Our Packers were close. Until Aaron got bad. He threw another worm burner.

    And the Packers lost their Super Bowl for this year.

    Thanks for showing up, fellow Packers fans. See ya next year.

  4. I didn’t believe it at first, but I’m convinced Rodgers is trying to lose. Down 2 scores in the 4th quarter, and let’s the play clock run down to 1 sec every play with the clock running (did the the same thing in the NE game). So many easy, missed throws he’s routinely made in the past. Not to mention, he acts like he never sees the check down route and takes a sack every chance he gets.

  5. And once again the Vikings dominate the cheeseheads in our beautiful stadium. Fraudgers gets sacked cousins continues to OWN that pathetic defense. We will win superbowls while green bay sits at the bottom. SKOL

  6. Pack done….Vikings stick a fork in them as predicted. No play offs for years and years to come….SKOL #DEFENDTHENORTH

  7. The Packers are done. Cue the Rodgers apologists to tell us why it isn’t his fault that he was outplayed by Cousins tonight.

  8. Cousins doesn’t win big games! Why is that? Perhaps because he’s played virtually every big game in his career on a team (the Redskins) with a LOUSY DEFENSE. Tonight he had great support from the Vikes defense. He wasn’t forced to try to score more than 35 points for a change. He came up big in a big game.

  9. My Packers can start packing their bags. This game was their playoff game and they did not come to play as per usual this season. After 13 years teams have figured out the old McCarthy vanilla offense. Good Luck next year coach on a different team, bring your assistants with you and players like Cobb,Mathews,Perry,Daniels.Get used to 3rd or 4th place for the next 5 years minimum.

  10. That was a heck of a game. A 14-14 tie. Then our Packers fell apart. The Viking dagger hurts. And we realized. We need much more than a new coach. Much, much more. At least we’ve got Aaron. At a fair contract.

  11. “Kirk Cousins may never be as good as Aaron Rodgers.”

    Let’s not kid ourselves with comparison.

    If ya really wanna go there, aaron is as good as trent dilfer.

  12. Let’s not let this distract you from the fact that Aaron Rodgers went 17 for 28 and for only 198 yards tonight. Oh, it’s the head coach. Or maybe, just maybe, he only won with Brett Favre’s guys. He’s been unable to produce a championship without the winning caliber he inherited, Building a winning team starts with the morale and leadership of a quarterback not media glorified stats. I guess the ball “stuck to his hand again tonight.” Why the media loves his guy I have no idea.

  13. With about a third of GB’s preferred starters out, Minnesota was clearly the better team. Still, it’s hard to see them making much noise in the playoffs if they get there. (And that’s no sure thing if Rhodes is out long.} But anyway, congrats to them for the win.

  14. Terrible last pass by Cousins. That’s just further proof he is going to mess up in a clutch moment, but Diggs bailed him out.

    The vikings can’t even put away a packer team decimated by injuries. they get a gift on the fumbled punt and can’t capitalize on it. good teams always make you pay for turning the ball over, and the vikings simply cannot do that.

    Vikings may have won the game but losing rhodes is basically going to doom them for good. Brady is going to feast on holton hill next week.

  15. How come.. most QB’s go to the bench, look at plays, talk to their coaches…

    And Rogers, is standing by himself, looking up to see if he is on TV?

  16. Rodgers is the most overrated qb of all time. Is a 4-6-1 record worth paying a hypejob qb 33 million per year? ?? Wow. What a waste of money. That’s why the packets suck. Rodgers is sucking up all the cap money. It’s impossible to form a good defense and offense when a mediocre qb is making 33 million per year. Rodgers has the same record as the browns and The Browns aren’t wasting 33 million per year on the qb.

  17. Cousins threw for 767 yards and 7 TD’s against the Packers this season. Outplayed Rodgers badly head to head.

  18. Great win for the Vikings.

    “and with games coming up immediately against the Patriots and Packers” What? They do not have a 3rd regular season game against the Packers.

  19. I had no dog in this fight, but they better figure out what’s wrong with Rodgers real quick or it won’t matter who his next head coach is. If he’s so hurt that he can’t complete short passes to wide open receivers maybe he should sit for the rest of the season. Not like they’re going anywhere this year. Maybe he’s hit the proverbial cliff? How’s that for a hot take. Good job by the Vikings, better bring that same energy next week because the Patriots are a different beast altogether.

  20. Where is that clown of a Packers fan declaring his team has better players at every single position? Packers needed 3 missed Vikings FG’s tog eat a tie at home, and got dominated in the Vikings house.

    7 point game? Don’t let that fool you. Rodgers was baffled and dominated by a 4 man rush. Zimmer adjusted and McCarthy was confused again.

    I know, Packer fans will declare the Vikings can’t beat “whoever”. But your team will be home in the playoffs. That’s the only certainty we know. Your all world QB has won 4 games in 11 starts. He’s done.

  21. Paying Kirk Cousins $10million more per year over Keenum was 100% the right decision.you gotta overpay for a QB these days, and you’re never getting prime Aaron Rodgers in free agency. Cousins isn’t great, but he’s shown he can be very very good.

    Also, Jaire Alexander looks to be a damn good player. Good pick by the Packers.

  22. Aaron is losing it. He might occasionally have a little magic left. It’s so sad to see him shaking his head and mumbling to himself.

  23. Kirk Cousins is a better quarterback than Erin Rodgers. When the ‘experts’ stop making excuses for him, that’s when other, more worthy players will be given the credit they deserve.

    Like Phillip Rivers and Russell Wilson, just to name two.

    The Packers haven’t beaten Minnesota since 2016.

  24. Mike McCarthy will NEVER be the head coach of another Packers/Vikings game! Bank on it!

    No excuses for Cheddarheads this year!
    Rodgers has played every game…and your beloved Packers have ONLY FOUR WINS in 11 Games!
    Ouch

  25. Put a fork in the Pack. They are done. Gophers beat Badgers, Vikings beat Packers. Minnesota > Wisconsin. SKOL!!!!!!

  26. McCarthy went for it on his own 40 with 7:30 remaining in the 3rd!!! He ended up needing to burn a timeout as well.

    Big difference between this scenario and going for it on 4th with one timeout left and game essentially on the line in Seattle.

    He’s just a terrible head coach- shoulda got canned once they lost that playoff game in Seattle back in 2015!

  27. 3 points for the great Aaron Rodgers in the second half? Why do fans continue to heap blame on McCarthy and any number of young players and excuse Rodgers from criticism? He hasn’t looked good since early last year. Time catches up to everyone.

  28. Congrats Vikings and thanks to the Packers who played them tough. I was doubtful about this and I worried more when we missed our FGs, but we pulled it out. SKOL!

  29. Rodgers fanboys will say “but Rodgers only has one interception all year”. The packet fanboys care more about Rodgers not throwing interceptions than they do about winning games. No interceptions means he’s not taking enough risks and is more worried about his personal stats than he is about winning games or making the playoffs. There’s many rookie qbs playing better than Rodgers. It’s time to move on from mr. Overrated and draft a franchise qb and spend the extra 33 million on strengthening the defense and offense. 33 million for Rodgers is ruining the packers. They’ll never win with him. It’s not McCarthys fault that Rodgers can’t win you games and constantly chokes.

  30. I’m not hating, just keeping it real. As a Skins fan I know what will happen. He’ll play well then all of a sudden throw a timely pick six or get strip sacked.

  31. Rodgers seems to be playing to get Mccarthy fired, and I don’t blame hime one bit for doing that. The dude has helped the Packers plenty over the years but his play calling is way too predictable and it’s time to move on, especially after GB wasted a timeout because he was arguing with a ref on that one play tonight when they went for it on 4th down.

    It’s especially important to surround Rodgers with more talent and good coaching now that Rodgers is in the twilight of his career and clearly not the QB he was 4 years ago now that he’s older and banged up. They have failed at that for most of the last 25 years.

    What a waste it will be if the Packers finish Favre and Rodgers with a combined 2 SB wins. Fire McCarthy!!!

  32. A win is a win. But seeing that we have NE on the road next week and also knocked GB out of any realistic playoff spot. So it’s a little more special.
    I do think we have a chance next week. As long as we win the turnover battle.

  33. The clueless Rodgers fanboys will say “but Rodgers only has one interception all year”. The packet fanboys care more about Rodgers not throwing interceptions than they do about winning games. No interceptions means he’s not taking enough risks and is more worried about his personal stats than he is about winning games or making the playoffs. There’s many rookie qbs playing better than Rodgers. It’s time to move on from mr. Overrated and draft a franchise qb and spend the extra 33 million on strengthening the defense and offense. 33 million for Rodgers is ruining the packers. They’ll never win with him. It’s not McCarthys fault that Rodgers can’t win you games and constantly chokes.

  34. joestemme says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:36 pm
    Rodgers, the worst “great QB” in terms of fourth quarter comebacks in NFL history adds another loss to his futility.
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    Yes, we all know the Packers porous D-fense is Aaron Rodgers fault.

  35. Glad to get the win, but the Rhodes hammy injury looks to be long term, which will really hurt the team’s prospects for the season.

    Not worth rubbing the victory in the cheesers faces, and while the lousy D can be attributed to injuries and lack of talent, that excuse doesn’t really apply to the offense as something is just missing. It may be the young WRs, but more likely MMs outdated schemes. This game may have cemented his departure.

  36. gtodriver says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm
    Rodgers is now 0 for 8 in his last 8 road games.

    Let that sink in…
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    Rodgers is now 11 for 11 in his last 11 home games.

    Let THAT sink in…

  37. I love that packer fans have yet to chime in.

    They lost their Super Bowl against the Vikings again. All theyvhave left are memories.

  38. Did anyone else notice the Vikings only had 10 on the field for the onside kick. Goog thing the Pack kicked to the side with 5 instead of 4. I bet Brice is glad that Dalvin Cook runs soft.

  39. So the vikings are 5-1-1 in the last 7…lets hear the packers fans still claim they are the team to beat….

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    well to be fair, neither are the second place Vikings…

  40. Packer fans were saying that Aaron Rodgers was supposed to be better than the GOAT # 12 so what happened ?

  41. I am assuming most of the commenters don’t understand football. Neither team is great this year but you give rodgers the vikings receivers and he’s winning most of those losses. The Packers have been nothing but Rodgers and bad coaching for a while now. I highly doubt Rodgers suddenly lost his talent and if you think he is overrated you clearly aren’t a fan of football. Vikings have a better team but much like the Texans will never win deep into the playoffs with what they have.

  42. Ah, the Vikings are all giddy now because they beat the Packers last night. Well, I hate to tell you Vikings fans, but that Packers team you beat last night is just not a good team. So — once again you are counting your chickens before they are hatched and you will get your hearts crushed when your Vikings are bounced out of the playoffs — if you even make them! Because the truth is — and you all know it — that Vikings team isn’t very good either and they are not winning the division and have to hope they can get a wild card spot.
    So we finished the season against your team at 1 and 1, because I consider that first game a win by the Packers that the officials screwed the Packers out of with that horrible call on Clay Matthews.
    The best part is, the Packers have two #1 draft picks in the upcoming draft and have added a couple more already. I hope they play all their young guys now to find out who to keep and who to get rid of and get as high of a draft slot as they can get.
    They’ll be a much better team next year because our GM is solid and Fatty Arbuckle McCarthy is going to be gone.

  43. Since 2015 – 7 games between these two teams, the Vikings have had 4 QB’s. Teddy,Bradford, Keenum & Cousins. The Vikings record in those games 5-1-1.

  44. Nothing more to say here. The Vikings have owned GB the last 3 years. 5-1-1 the last 7 games. Not to mention that goose egg GB put up last year on their own turf. Times are changing again, now we just have to counteract that Bears defense. See ya next year pack.

    #Skol
    #NoPackNo

  45. Two mediocre teams, one hit harder by injuries but neither one going anywhere. The Packers stink and lost by 7. A better team hammers them by 17-20. Xavier Rhodes’ injury could be a problem. Minnesota is kidding itself if it thinks it can go and win at Chicago, LA or New Orleans which is what it will have to do.

  46. The Vikings made some nice plays last night. Cousins was very good, especially to Thielen. It even looked like they remembered Kyle Rudolph is alive and well. How they only scored 24 points escapes me. And now I get to tackle the ungodly amount of snow we got here.

  47. Has a Vikings fan, of course I am thrilled with the outcome. But I have to say if I was a Packer fan I would be beside myself at the quality of receivers Aaron Rodgers has to work with. I can’t believe with this guy‘s talent they haven’t brought in a marquee receiver to work with him this close to the end of his career. It would be worth mortgaging the house to make one “all in” Super bowl run. He has made a lot of very average receivers look good, now it’s time to get him a really good receiver. I couldn’t help but wonder how he feels looking at cousins playing with Diggs, Theilen, and Rudolph. There’s more wrong here then just the coach Packer fans. Good luck getting that turned around.

  48. nyneal says:

    Ah, the Vikings are all giddy now because they beat the Packers last night. Well, I hate to tell you Vikings fans, but that Packers team you beat last night is just not a good team.
    ###

    We’re happy we won, but then we’re happy after every win.

    The Packers haven’t been a good team all season. We’re embarrassed that the first game ended in a tie. We expect better.

    When Brett Hundley has twice as many road wins (he only started 4) as Aaron Rodgers (Rodgers has started 10) in the last two seasons, it doesn’t say much for Aaron Rodgers ability outside of Lambeau Field.

    You keep trying to deflect the Packers problems on Mike McCarthy, but it’s not fair when your QB is openly trying to get McCarthy fired.

    Your claim that you want the Packers to start more of the young guys to see who to keep. What do you think they were doing last night due to the ineptitude of your new GM?

    Traded away Randle for a worse backup QB than Hundley.

    Traded away Clinton-Dix for next to nothing

    Released Whitehead

    So now you’ve moved Tramon Williams to safety, signed Campbell off waivers from the Jets and have been forced to use an undrafted FA called Raven Greene at safety this year.

  49. usdcoyotesfan says:

    It’s especially important to surround Rodgers with more talent and good coaching now that Rodgers is in the twilight of his career and clearly not the QB he was 4 years ago now that he’s older and banged up. They have failed at that for most of the last 25 years.
    ###

    Rodgers took that ability away from the Packers when he forced them to redo his contract (2 years early) to make him the highest paid player in the history of the NFL.

  50. Look Rodgers is good but can we put to rest the GOAT talk. If he was the best he would find a way even with a ramshackle team and vanilla play calling coach.

  51. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 26, 2018 at 12:56 am
    gtodriver says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm
    Rodgers is now 0 for 8 in his last 8 road games.

    Let that sink in…
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    Rodgers is now 11 for 11 in his last 11 home games.
    ###

    Umm… Rodgers streak of wins at Lambeau is only 3 games. The wins were against the Bills, the 49ers without Garapolo and the Dolphins.

    He only played 3 home games last year, 4 so far this year and won his last 3 in 2016 for a total of only 10 games. He lost to the Colts in game #11. Sad when you need to go back to 2016 in an attempt to make a point – and you’re still wrong.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of your diatribes…

  52. Erin and the Also-Rans sealed their fate with Rodgers’ contract. Complain about the receivers all you want, but the pack can’t afford much else. Self-inflicted wound to keep Erin from crying. He’s such a diva he could be a WR.

  53. tqaztec says:
    November 26, 2018 at 8:11 am
    Vikings needed this one. Gonna be tough with NE and SEA on the road next.
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    Unlike the Packers, the Vikings have been able to win on the road this year. Including beating the defending SB champions on the road.

  54. Just yesterday Packer fans told me they have better players at every single position than the Vikings. Today? Nothing but excuses and crying. It was expected. I wouldn’t want anybody on that Packers roster.

  55. I’ve never had anything against either the Vikings or the Packers, but after the last couple of seasons reading the fan comments on this site, I really don’t care if either one wins another game.

  56. dmca12 says:

    November 26, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Two mediocre teams, one hit harder by injuries but neither one going anywhere. The Packers stink and lost by 7. A better team hammers them by 17-20. Xavier Rhodes’ injury could be a problem. Minnesota is kidding itself if it thinks it can go and win at Chicago, LA or New Orleans which is what it will have to do.
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    I know the actual final score says 24-17.

    Minnesota missed 2 fgs and went for it on 4th down to kill more clock one other time when they could have kicked a fg. That is 9 more points.

    It essentially could have been 33-14 at one point. The late td made it look closer than it really was. Vikes dominated them in the 2nd half.

  57. Said of Kirk Cousins:

    skolol says, June 14, 2018 at 11:46 am, “4th best QB in the division.”

    Fred Garvin says, October 8, 2018 at 11:53 am, “He’s still likely the 4th best QB in the division.”

    ______________________________

    Nope. The question now is, will the 4th best be Stafford or Rodgers?

  58. Congrats to the Vikings for managing a split with the Packers for the season. (Though I’m sure I’ll get some heat for this, deep down, we all know the truth.)

    Your team truly earned this win tonight.
    You should all enjoy it, instead of just breathing a deep sigh of relief and dancing on the grave of Green Bay’s 2018 season.
    Though I realize your deep seeded bitterness allows nothing else.
    Quite honestly I did expect a larger margin of victory with a stacked Vikings lineup playing at home against what I constantly hear is a roster full of garbage and a QB in steep decline. But I digress.

    Viking defense played a great game, especially in the second half.
    Cousins refrained from any costly turnovers and made several good throws against a depleted secondary.
    This isn’t sour grapes, this is football, and these are exactly the kind of things you have to do to win football games.
    Kudos to the Vikings for taking advantage of GB’s weaknesses.

    Green Bay played miserably tonight, as they have for a number of weeks. (And no, they didn’t beat themselves)
    They simply can’t put 4 Qts together and Rodgers can take his fair share of blame in all this.
    But rather than all the Barneys being so quick to revel and ring the death knell on Aaron Rodgers, why don’t you give your coach and defense enough credit for taking advantage of the mismatches after Green Bay suffered substantial losses to the O-line.
    That was the real difference in this game and should be applauded.
    But I realize your hatred for Rodgers and personal narrative is more important.

  59. billtetley53 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 9:03 am
    dmca12 says:

    November 26, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Two mediocre teams, one hit harder by injuries but neither one going anywhere. The Packers stink and lost by 7. A better team hammers them by 17-20. Xavier Rhodes’ injury could be a problem. Minnesota is kidding itself if it thinks it can go and win at Chicago, LA or New Orleans which is what it will have to do.
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    I know the actual final score says 24-17.

    Minnesota missed 2 fgs and went for it on 4th down to kill more clock one other time when they could have kicked a fg. That is 9 more points.

    It essentially could have been 33-14 at one point. The late td made it look closer than it really was. Vikes dominated them in the 2nd half.

    ————————-

    All true but you still only won by 7. If Rodgers hits Adams you win by three. Just saying if I were a Vikings fan I wouldn’t be super proud of that win. That performance against NE and Seattle ain’t gonna get it done.

  60. swaderhoo says:
    November 26, 2018 at 8:53 am
    I’ve never had anything against either the Vikings or the Packers, but after the last couple of seasons reading the fan comments on this site, I really don’t care if either one wins another game.
    /////////
    Other than the idiots pretending to be a fan of one team but clearly just a troll of the other team, it’s all fun and passes the time. The question is; how boring is your life that you read all the comments for two teams that isn’t even a team you root for?

  61. billtetley53 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 9:03 am
    dmca12 says:

    It essentially could have been ….

    ———–

    That is a recurring theme from Vikings fans….talking about what “could have been”…

  62. billtetley53 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 9:03 am
    dmca12 says:

    November 26, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Two mediocre teams, one hit harder by injuries but neither one going anywhere. The Packers stink and lost by 7. A better team hammers them by 17-20. Xavier Rhodes’ injury could be a problem. Minnesota is kidding itself if it thinks it can go and win at Chicago, LA or New Orleans which is what it will have to do.
    =================

    I know the actual final score says 24-17.

    Minnesota missed 2 fgs and went for it on 4th down to kill more clock one other time when they could have kicked a fg. That is 9 more points.

    It essentially could have been 33-14 at one point. The late td made it look closer than it really was. Vikes dominated them in the 2nd half.

    ———————————————–

    And if Rodgers threw a perfect 28/28 instead of 17/18, didn’t miss Adams on the last pass before taking a field goal, recovered the onside, threw 10 TDs, shut down the Vikings offense then it could’ve been 70-0.

  63. It’s funny, last week I didn’t hear much from Viking fans when it was the Hawks beating the Wild, Bears beating the Vikings, and NU beating the Gophers. Not to mention the frigging Illini had beat them, too. 🙂

    But as a Bear fan living north of the Deep-Dish/Cheese-Curd line, my thanks for beating them so bad Rodgers all but admitted 8-7-1 wasn’t going to get them in.

  64. calivike says:
    November 26, 2018 at 1:13 am
    Did anyone else notice the Vikings only had 10 on the field for the onside kick. Goog thing the Pack kicked to the side with 5 instead of 4. I bet Brice is glad that Dalvin Cook runs soft.

    ________________________________

    I thought the same thing too but there is a player on the logo protecting the middle.

  65. Hard to believe that a qb that many claim is the GOAT would EVER lose 8 straight road games. Amazing talent, yes, but something is missing with that guy AR.

  66. Entertaining game.

    Packers established the run & scored 1st. Kept the Vikes D line in check & DA was consistently beating his 1v1 matchup. That gamble almost didn’t pay off & was a big reason why Green Bay was able to move chains, get chunk plays & score that 1st TD which was a fabulous play.

    After stalling out their 1st drive & missing FG’s, 14-14 didn’t sit right as it felt like 20 or 24-14 should have been the score.

    2nd Half
    Green Bay ran the ball well & kept the team in 2nd or 3rd & manageable situations. The offense was a consistent threat, although the Vikings did very well choking out drives in key 3rd down situations.

    The Vikings moved the ball better & had some semblance of a running games. The playcalling was pretty creative with getting the ball to open receivers & some FANTASTIC catches were made by Theilen, Diggs & Rudolf. The big story was that the run was JUST effective enough to make the passing game more effective & for as many awesome plays Cook made, the North/South runs of Murray were huge.

    Overall
    McCarthy is not a good coach & hasn’t been for years. His 4th down calls are 100% hindsight takes. His defense gave up a 10+ yard run vs. Seattle in an obvious run situation…..c’mon. Last night, Harrison Smith made an amazing tackle & the Green Bay back missed it by an inch. The D line was beat by OL. To me, McCarthy is just getting come-uppance from previous years & is getting scape-goated for Rodgers this year. Go ahead, switch coaches & good luck next year. If your D & run game continues to improve, you’ll be tough to beat. But watch out, Green Bay could easily start to look like Stafford & the Lions.

    Good W for MN & it is always sweet to deliver the blow to a division rival that leaves a team spinning before someone else will finish off for the year, hopefully to a weak, lesser team.

    The Vikings SHOULD have won this game. But I’d like to see them play this kind of game vs. a team with a winning record. On to New England.

    Let’s heat it up SkolSota!

  67. I know, Packer fans will declare the Vikings can’t beat “whoever”. But your team will be home in the playoffs. That’s the only certainty we know. Your all world QB has won 4 games in 11 starts. He’s done.
    +++++++

    Lions, Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, Packers and Eagles. Vikings can beat Whoever, but whoevers don’t make the playoffs.

  68. vikesfansteve says:
    November 26, 2018 at 8:06 am
    The way they played last night, neither one of these teams is going anywhere.
    ))))))))))))
    packers fan that needs to give it up. The Vikings defense limited the packers offense to 106 total yards in the last 3 quarters. That will play very well in the playoffs.

  69. derp363 says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm
    Terrible last pass by Cousins. That’s just further proof he is going to mess up in a clutch moment, but Diggs bailed him out.

    The vikings can’t even put away a packer team decimated by injuries. they get a gift on the fumbled punt and can’t capitalize on it. good teams always make you pay for turning the ball over, and the vikings simply cannot do that.

    Vikings may have won the game but losing rhodes is basically going to doom them for good. Brady is going to feast on holton hill next week.
    *************************************************************************************

    A derp indeed

    2 seasons of derps actually

    Happy Monday!

  70. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 12:45 am
    The clueless Rodgers fanboys will say “but Rodgers only has one interception all year”. The packet fanboys care more about Rodgers not throwing interceptions than they do about winning games.
    ——————————————————
    He also has 19 TDs, the highest TD-INT ratio in NFL history. So what’s your point?

  71. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 26, 2018 at 10:49 am
    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 12:45 am
    The clueless Rodgers fanboys will say “but Rodgers only has one interception all year”. The packet fanboys care more about Rodgers not throwing interceptions than they do about winning games.
    ——————————————————
    He also has 19 TDs, the highest TD-INT ratio in NFL history. So what’s your point?

    ——-
    I think his point is that Rogers’ fans care more about his individual stats than winning football games

  72. mongolchuck says:
    November 26, 2018 at 8:00 am
    Look Rodgers is good but can we put to rest the GOAT talk. If he was the best he would find a way even with a ramshackle team and vanilla play calling coach.
    —————————————————
    That’s exactly what he’s done for years and now his age and injuries seem to be catching up to him.

  73. thevikesarebest says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    We will win superbowls while green bay sits at the bottom. SKOL

    —————————————————————-

    Just so you know, you kindof have to win one superbowl before you can win many. Good luck with that.

  74. Umm… Rodgers streak of wins at Lambeau is only 3 games. The wins were against the Bills, the 49ers without Garapolo and the Dolphins.

    He only played 3 home games last year, 4 so far this year and won his last 3 in 2016 for a total of only 10 games. He lost to the Colts in game #11. Sad when you need to go back to 2016 in an attempt to make a point – and you’re still wrong.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of your diatribes…
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    Oh that’s right, he’s 10.5 for his last 11 because of that tie you clowns celebrated after the winning INT was negated by a bogus roughing the passer call, then you clowns continued to whine and cry that GB gets every call…….Get a clue.

  75. Hopefully this is the last we will see of McCarthy in GB. His safe and predictable play calling is limiting what Rodgers can do, and Rodgers looks disinterested in continuing with this inept coaching staff and roster that has been pieced together over the years.

  76. Did any other QB this week get held to under 200 yards? Was it only Erin? Is it because the Viking D is that good or is Erin on a major decline? Take your pick, Cheeseheads…

  77. “People have to look at themselves critically,” Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark said. “There’s a lot of plays that a lot of people feel like they could have had back. Nobody’s coming out of here feeling like they played good because we took a loss. Obviously, none of us played good enough. We’ve got to make a play. We’ve got to make plays. We’ve got to be better.”

    Including the man that signed for $100 million guaranteed dollars not so long ago. It is painfully obvious Rodgers isn’t playing well this year. But the packer fans can’t bring themselves to be honest when it comes to AR12.That is what they do with their QB’s.Majkowski,Brett and now Aaron.

  78. Packer fans are always entertaining. Prior to the game they had the best QB, best young core of WR in years, a shutdown corner and a RB that couldn’t be stopped. The vikings would be lucky to lose by less than 10 to the “team to beat” in the north.

    After the game, the blame is entirely on their HC and injuries. In fact it’s a pitiful that the vikings didn’t beat the Packers by three or more TDs.

    I’m no fan of McCarthy, but How is it that it’s the HC’s fault that AR can’t throw the ball to open WRs whether they are two yards away or 30 yards away in the endzone? You should fire McCarthy, but you should also put the blame on AR, he hasn’t been playing like the “GOAT” for years, some may argue he only played like a GOAT or one or two years in his entire career. Whatever “it” is that makes the GOAT, he clearly doesn’t have it anymore.

    Time to trade him for whatever you can get to whoever will take him and rebuild that dumpster fire because last night proved one thing very clearly, GB has absolutely NO DEPTH at any position. Vikings have plugged and played at almost every position including QB and RB the last couple years and we still maintained winning records.

  79. Congrats to the vikes on a hard fought win.

    This was their Super Bowl, and so they have to be really excited. Contra, for instance, obviously refreshed a few hundred times to be the first to post.

    Not much else to celebrate for the worst franchise in NFL history, I guess.

    You’re still not making the playoffs. lol

  80. 3 reasons why Green Bay won’t make the playoffs.

    1). Green Bay truly is a horrible team. They’ve no defense or special teams to speak of… and what little was left of their once considered elite receiving corp was traded away for VERY little in return.

    2). The only elite player on the team (Aaron Rodgers) is playing like Brett Hundley did last year.

    3). And the main reason why Green Bay won’t make it to the playoffs… Mike McCarthy. They should have gave him his walking papers right when they demoted Ted Thompson. The rest of the NFL thanks the team for not doing so and I for one sincerely hope they decided to keep him as HC for another year… or 10.

  81. Alan Light says:
    November 26, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Did any other QB this week get held to under 200 yards? Was it only Erin? Is it because the Viking D is that good or is Erin on a major decline? Take your pick, Cheeseheads…

    —–

    No, really…that defense is amazing against backups. Truly superior… to the tune of 7 points better all season.

  82. I predicted the vikings would win that game last night. I knew the Packers didn’t stand much of a chance because the guys we’re playing at most positions are just not very good. But I thought the game would be completely one-sided, so that doesn’t say much for the Vikings.
    So two things:
    1. I hate to tell you Vikings fans, but you’re not making the playoffs this year, either. The Bears are winning the division and you will lose to the Patriots, Seahawks, and Bears unless the Bears have the division wrapped up and decide to rest a bunch of guys. And I would not be surprised if the Lions beat you in Detroit, either.
    2. It’s okay that you are slamming the Packers right now, because it’s what this rivalry is all about. I think it’s fun to give it and take it. But be prepared to take it when the Vikings are done this year. Because even if they somehow luck into making the playoffs, they have no chance to do anything if they get there. The reality is your team stuggled to beat a Packers team last night which was playing a bunch of guys who will be out of the NFL entirely in the not-too-distant future because they aren’t any good. So yes, the Packers stink right now, but you should be embarrassed that you struggled to beat them in your own building on national tv!!!
    It’s going to be awfully fun giving it back to you guys, as we are always able to do because your team has never won a championship in their whole history. And if you think Kirk Cousins is ever going to lead you to a championship, you’re even more delusional than I thought you were. Cousins is always just a play away from disaster. It’s why the Redskins were happy to see him go. They know he will never be good enough to win a Super Bowl, too!

  83. nyneal says:
    November 26, 2018 at 6:14 am
    Ah, the Vikings are all giddy now because they beat the Packers last night. Well, I hate to tell you Vikings fans, but that Packers team you beat last night is just not a good team. So — once again you are counting your chickens before they are hatched and you will get your hearts crushed when your Vikings are bounced out of the playoffs — if you even make them! Because the truth is — and you all know it — that Vikings team isn’t very good either and they are not winning the division and have to hope they can get a wild card spot.
    So we finished the season against your team at 1 and 1, because I consider that first game a win by the Packers that the officials screwed the Packers out of with that horrible call on Clay Matthews.
    The best part is, the Packers have two #1 draft picks in the upcoming draft and have added a couple more already. I hope they play all their young guys now to find out who to keep and who to get rid of and get as high of a draft slot as they can get.
    They’ll be a much better team next year because our GM is solid and Fatty Arbuckle McCarthy is going to be gone.

    **

    A Packer fan looking forward to the draft and next year already. My how the tables have turned. And I thought the Vikings were the ones who boasted of “off season championships.”

  84. Don’t blame Rodgers. He has been without multiple lineman, his top receiver for four games, his best tight end for multiple games, his best running back for several games (in addition to losing two other running backs for most of the season).

    Oh wait. Wrong notes. That’s Brady.

    But seriously the Packers front office and McCarthy are wasting Rodgers’ prime. Its a shame.

  85. nyneal says:
    November 26, 2018 at 6:14 am
    So we finished the season against your team at 1 and 1, because I consider that first game a win by the Packers that the officials screwed the Packers out of with that horrible call on Clay Matthews.
    *****
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, that might be the funniest comment ever posted! Now all you have to do is get the NFL to update the standings to change that tie to a win. Good luck with that. Packers are also one dropped Kyle Fuller drop away from being 3-7-1. Maybe we could get the NFL to change that too.

    Real facts: Packers have only won 4 out of 11 games this season (same number of wins as Browns, Lions, Buffalo & Tampa Bay). The Packers are 0-8 in their last 8 road games. The Packers have beat the Vikings once in their last 7 meetings. But hey, go ahead with your excuses and little moral victories.

  86. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Oh that’s right, he’s 10.5 for his last 11 because of that tie you clowns celebrated after the winning INT was negated by a bogus roughing the passer call, then you clowns continued to whine and cry that GB gets every call…….Get a clue.
    **********************************************************************************************

    Yeah, because in that 1st game Green Bay didn’t have a scoring drive earlier in the game due to the EXACT same call occur against Kendricks. Since the QB was Rodgers, down the memory hole that call goes. #narrative. At least we can say the refs were consistently hanus on that type of call that day. Somehow, come Packer fans are clueless about this fact.

  87. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 26, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Congrats to the vikes on a hard fought win.

    This was their Super Bowl, and so they have to be really excited. Contra, for instance, obviously refreshed a few hundred times to be the first to post.

    Not much else to celebrate for the worst franchise in NFL history, I guess.

    You’re still not making the playoffs. lol
    ////////////////

    Worst franchise in NFL history? I take it you only know the Favre/Rodgers era. Packers fans have had the luxury of two HOF QBs for about 28 years. Not every NFL team has had that luxury. Collinsworth and Michaels were Packer apologist last night, rather than just saying hey A A Ron and company got their butts handed to them, they just couldn’t. Kinda like Fonzi not being able to say “Im sorry” in the Happy Days episodes. I feel the Packers are slowly heading back to the 70s. 72 – 95 without a play-offs appearance, thats 23 years for those of you keeping track. So I just cannot see how the Vikings are the worst franchise in the modern Super Bowl era. There are dark days ahead in Green Bay and some dark years.

    I read about the injuries, well thats why you have depth. Which we seen last night the Packers did not have on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Every team has injuries, the Packers have never added depth or put a supporting cast around Rodgers, the guy should have more than one Super Bowl ring.

  88. 81TinaKane says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    So the vikings are 5-1-1 in the last 7…lets hear the packers fans still claim they are the team to beat….
    ________

    Pretty sure the Vikings are 5-2 in the last seven.

  89. These packer trolls are so funny, just imagine them in the fetal position in their mom’s basement this time next year when McCarthy is leading the Browns to the playoffs and the pack are battling the Lions to not be the worst team in the NFC North.

    Funny hearing all the injury excuses, it’s really sad that the Packers are the only team in the NFL dealing with injuries.

  90. If any GB fans think that AR is playing poorly to get the HC fired, they should really think about what that says about AR as a player and professional. You’re basically saying it’s ok for him to pitch a fit and take his ball home because he doesn’t like the guy who’s coaching him?

    As a fan, I’d be livid if any player I rooted for was purposefully trying to lose, but hey, as a Pats fan I get to root for TB12 who’d cut off his left arm if it would help his team win a game – those are the kind of players I root for, not the diva types.

  91. Soon Brees, Rogers, and Brady will be retired. Is it outlandish to see Cousins peaking then as one of the top five passers in the league? Certain people will be apoplectic!

  92. Tina Kane the Busybody says:
    November 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    81TinaKane says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    So the vikings are 5-1-1 in the last 7…lets hear the packers fans still claim they are the team to beat….
    ________

    Pretty sure the Vikings are 5-2 in the last seven.
    *****
    Vikings are 5-2 in their last seven games (this season) and 5-1-1 in their last seven games vs. the Packers.

  93. Cousins and Rogers were pretty comparable as expected. The big difference was the coaching and pass defense. GB should be ashamed(and probably is)of last night and the shape of the season in general. Good teams and coaches make adjustments at halftime, not the same stuff you have been doing sense 1994.

  94. Back-to-back hall of fame QBs. It’s fair to say we’ve completely squandered probably the rarest opportunity in all of sports.

    Ted Thompson refused to add any talent to this roster for over a decade and Father Time has caught up to Aaron.

    We are at the beginning of a complete rebuild. And now we’re hindered by Rodgers ridiculous contract that’s rewarding him for what he did 3+ seasons ago.

  95. In games against teams with winning records, Erin and the Also-Rans are 0-37 when trailing in the fourth quarter. His “miracle” comebacks are against teams they shouldn’t be trailing in the first place.

  96. Remember when Tom Brady took a salary cut so the Patriots could keep their offensive line in place? That’s a guy who gets that football is a team game, not a supporting cast to feed a primadonna’s fragile ego. That’s why Brady is the GOAT, and Rodgers is a diva.

  97. The Vikings did the Packers a favor, that should be the end of McCarthy, he only overstayed his welcome by 4 years. They should have fired him after the 2014 playoff loss to the Seahawks.

  98. I was told all off-season the only reason the Vikings won the division was because of the Anthony Barr cheap shot on Rodgers. With Rodgers back, Capers gone, and the vaunted free agent signings of Jimmy Graham and Mohammed Wilkerson the Packers were automatically going to win the division. What gives?

  99. usdcoyote says:

    Oh that’s right, he’s 10.5 for his last 11 because of that tie…
    ###

    No, he’s 9.5 out of his last 11. You failed to count the tie game.

    Bottom line, you had to go back to 2016 to hit that 9.5 road wins, and it wasn’t consecutive as you fraudulently claimed.

  100. Chad A says:
    November 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Cousins and Rogers were pretty comparable as expected.
    _______

    Rodgers 60.7%, 198 yards, 1 TD, 94.0 passer rating, and 23.4 QBR.
    Cousins 76.3%, 342 yards, 3 TDs, 129.5 passer rating, and 75.5 QBR.

    In what way were they “comparable”?

  101. If they had a kicker the Vikings would have put up at least 33 points. I wanted the Vikings to kick a fg to make it 27-14. But on that play the Vikings ran both Diggs and Thielen were open. The defensive lineman made a play and knocked the ball down.

  102. The Packers are a dumpster fire this year so not really surprised the Vikings pulled it off. The Vikings haven’t looked like world beaters either, but currently they just possess more talent as a whole team outside the QB and maybe offensive line. I still wish they could have found a way to beat the bear thou.

  103. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:41 pm
    WE WILL STILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. Rhodes is hurt for MIN and they will drop next two.

    ———————-

    Even if MN drops the next two, they will most likely finish with 9 wins, which is the best Packers can do if they win out. Who has the tie breaker in that scenario? Didn’t the Vikings not lose to the Packers this year?

  104. ariani1985 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 11:33 am
    Hey coyote, rogers has zero 4th quater wins when trailing after the 4th quarter!

    Let that sink in!
    ————————————————–
    This year alone against the Bears and 49ers! Let THAT sink in!

    Last year against the Cowboys and Bengals! Let THAT sink in!

    2015 on a Hail Mary against the Lions! Let THAT sink in!

    2014 against the Dolphins on a fake spike and the Cowboys in the playoffs on one leg! Let THAT sink in!

    2013 aginst the Bears on 4th & long to lead the Packers to the NFCN title and the playoffs! Let THAT sink in!

  105. Hey coltluger do you make up your own facts as you go? Rodgers had 4th quarter comebacks against the 12-4 Cowboys in 2014, the 10-6 Sehawks in 2015, and the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017.

  106. Hey coltluger do you make up your own facts as you go? Rodgers had 4th quarter comebacks against the 12-4 Cowboys in 2014, the 10-6 Sehawks in 2015, and the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017.
    ———————————————————
    Plus the Bears this year if they win 1 more game.

  107. Viking fans on PFT be adding special stats for Rodgers.

    “Aaron Rodgers has never won a game when trailing in the 4th quarter of a road game televised by CBS against a 7-3 team in blue jerseys in front of a crowd of 80,000+ on the 3rd Sunday of the month after eating a pregame meal at Applebee’s and arriving to the stadium 1 hour before kickoff when the weather is 50 degrees and a full moon less than 10 days after a mass shooting in an election year.”

  108. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    Viking fans on PFT be adding special stats for Rodgers.

    “Aaron Rodgers has never won a game when trailing in the 4th quarter of a road game televised by CBS against a 7-3 team in blue jerseys in front of a crowd of 80,000+ on the 3rd Sunday of the month after eating a pregame meal at Applebee’s and arriving to the stadium 1 hour before kickoff when the weather is 50 degrees and a full moon less than 10 days after a mass shooting in an election year.”
    ———————————-

    Unhinged…. We all knew the Packers journey back to the 70’s and 80’s would be painful to watch but geesh.

  109. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 27, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Hey coltluger do you make up your own facts as you go? Rodgers had 4th quarter comebacks against the 12-4 Cowboys in 2014, the 10-6 Sehawks in 2015, and the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017.

    ————————
    Well you showed us that sure seems like a resume of the “GOAT”….3 whole comeback wins in his career against winning teams, wow

  110. getadealdonealready says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:53 pm
    usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 27, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Hey coltluger do you make up your own facts as you go? Rodgers had 4th quarter comebacks against the 12-4 Cowboys in 2014, the 10-6 Sehawks in 2015, and the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017.

    ————————
    Well you showed us that sure seems like a resume of the “GOAT”….3 whole comeback wins in his career against winning teams, wow
    —————————————-
    To be fair to Rodgers no QB has a good record when trailing in the 4th quarter against .500 teams. If they did those teams wouldn’t be good teams.

  111. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:44 pm
    With about a third of GB’s preferred starters out, Minnesota was clearly the better team. Still, it’s hard to see them making much noise in the playoffs if they get there. (And that’s no sure thing if Rhodes is out long.} But anyway, congrats to them for the win.
    —————————

    What happened to “next man up,” we kept hearing from packer fans?

  112. Interesting factoid I heard this morning on sports talk radio – A A Ron is 0-37 when trailing by a point or more in the 4th quarter to winning teams – hmmmmmmmmm

  113. ariani1985 says:
    November 28, 2018 at 4:08 am
    Rogers has ZERO 4th quarter championship drives! ZERO! Let’s ponder this one for a moment?
    ————————————–
    Yes, let’s ponder this one. When he won the SB he was already leading by the 4th quarter. You know, since the goal in football is to win, and a game is 60 minutes and not just the 4Q.

    Also, he had 4Q come from behind wins against the 12-4 Cowboys ini 2014, the 10-6 Seahawks in 2015, and the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017, no matter how many times you tell yourself different.

    You idiots are really proud to show off your lack of football knowledge, aren’t you.

  114. gtodriver says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm
    Rodgers is now 0 for 8 in his last 8 road games.
    Let that sink in…
    —————————
    Rodgers is now 11 for 11 in his last 11 home games.
    Let THAT sink in…

    Ummm, wrong. Rodgers is not 11 for 11 at home. I didn’t research it but I know there is a tie with the Vikings a couple weeks ago. Do the research before you post please. Nobody like’s a person who exaggerates in their favor.

  115. gtodriver says:
    November 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm
    Rodgers is now 0 for 8 in his last 8 road games.

    Let that sink in…
    ——————————–
    One of his last 8 road games that he played the full game was a win over the Cowboys in 2017. Let THAT sink in…..

  116. @mrdarkness you’re wrong yet again. He won when trailing in the 4Q by 6 against the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017.

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