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Pack Pummels Ponder and Purple: Perfect.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 @ 03:10am

Say it with me, 'We needed this.'

We needed a game where we could put our feet up, smile a lot and think about how fun it was going to be going in to work on Friday. Two touchdowns apiece in each of the first three quarters to take an embarrassing 42-0 lead, on the way to a 42-10 beat down of the Vikings.

It had everything we wanted to see. Eddie Lacy and the running game asserting itself for the first time this season. Rodgers at his usual, efficient best, completing just 12 of 17 passes, three four touchdowns, including a 66 yard strike to Jordy Nelson.

And then there's the defense. We take the domination with a grain of salt because Christian Ponder was put into a tough situation. When Teddy Bridgewater was unable to practice all week it, it was inevitable that Ponder would get the start, on a short week with limited opportunity to practice.

But the Packers' defense did everything it was expected to do. It rendered Ponder powerless, picking him off twice and sacking him six times. And the beleaguered run defense was fine, keeping the vaunted duo of Asiata and McKinnon in check. As I tweeted, it was interesting and enlightening to learn that Ponder likes green Peppers. Big Julius's first Lambeau leap was the highlight of the night after his pick six, with an assist from newly promoted Luther Robinson. His pressure of Ponder set up the pick.

The one black mark on the night is the injury to Datone Jones. He was carted off with an ankle injury and we'll wait to hear the prognosis. With Josh Boyd already out, the Pack is getting very thin on the D line. With a mini bye ahead, Ted may need to search for another re-enforcement.

The story of this game was Eddie Lacy. Rather than operate strictly out of the shotgun,  Mike McCarthy put Rodgers under center, put Lacy in the eye and then let the big fella run downhill. It worked wonders. We finally saw the Lacy we expected to see and that opened up big plays for Rodgers.

With 80 points in the last five days, no one is questioning the Pack's offense anymore. And the defense is back to its takeaway ways, three linebackers have picks the past two weeks alone. With the improved safety play and the depth at corner, if the Pack can figure out their line the defense will not be a liability the rest of the way.

The Vikings aren't as bad as they looked and if Bridgewater is healthy for the rematch we might see an entirely different ballgame in late November.  I would expect the Vikes to stay within three touchdowns the next time.

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Comments (14):

Yeah, we did what we were suppose to do. So we can't go over the top season wise, but you said it, work will be fun tomorrow. What I saw and I liked was sound defensive assignments. Clay and Peppers looked good rushing and dropping back into coverage. Hawk had a good game. I know it was a light weight test, but It looked like something to build on. I know Starks didn't do much, but I like the change of pace. There should be nothing to complain about on this game, except maybe the strength of the opponent.

on October 2nd, 2014 at 11:16pm

The best player on the field last night for the Packers was Christian Ponder. Fortunately he turned in a vintage Ponder performance and was tentative and high and off the mark on most of his throws. And he served up the picks that broke the game open before the half. Whatever trade value the Vikes thought he might have dissolved in the Lambeau rain and good luck, Chris, finding much in free agency next year. The only tempering thing about last night is the Pack will most certainly be facing a more experienced Bridgewater in the rematch in seven weeks there and the purple will have high motivation to be better next time. The next 3 games will give us a better measure of the Packers team this season. Road games against Miami and New Orleans sandwiched around a home date with Carolina. All winnable games but any also capable of being a speed bump in the road. But for today let's bask in the glow of a national shine for the Green & Gold and a national humiliation for the Purple Poople Odors. I'm sure the Minisota mythology will go from "It would have been different in the playoff with Ponder" to "it would have been different on TNF with Bridgewater." As Gerbschmidt would say, "Ha ha."

on October 3rd, 2014 at 06:45am

R-U-N......Yes the running game with Eddie Lacy is back. R-U-N and H-I-D-E....Christian Ponder need I say more. R-U-N O-N....PA's mouth on how things could have been different. Very nice to see defense step up...albeit against a Triple A QB. Nice leap by Peppers. Need to keep momentum going and staty healthy. PS: To the Voice: Was that you I saw on TV with the New Glarus shaped Cheesehead on his head in the crowd? GO PACK GO !!

on October 3rd, 2014 at 07:33am

After watching every team run the jet sweep at Peppers and him having no chance, it was perplexing that the Vikings never did it with Patterson. Norv gave up.

on October 3rd, 2014 at 10:14am

Friday is fun ! It was great to see the offense continue on mark and the defense step up. Hopefully the inconsistency is gone. The next 3 games do not present an easy schedule. Beware --- Go Pack

on October 3rd, 2014 at 11:12am

OSSG, when I'm at the games, I'm generally very incognito and mix in with the crowd (please, no Ritchie jokes), but yes, I did enjoy som NGSC before we went in the gate with some very good friends. My voice is very hoarse today, but should be recovered by the time I'm back in the cities on Monday. A very fun night, indeed!

on October 3rd, 2014 at 11:23am

when you control the run , You can win a lot of games, The boys proved me wrong again, Love it. I cannot believe they did not run a few sweeps with patterson and more read option, NOOOORV is not as smart as kfan makes him out to be. take a rest now and don't look past Miami. did u guys notice, McKininnon could not catch peppers on his INT? he is faster then I thought. Great game, now let's listen to the vikings whining over here in western wisconsin. . go pack

on October 3rd, 2014 at 12:06pm

hey Voice, where is Cane and his buddies this week? have you heard anything? seems awfully slow here from vikings rubes this week, isn't that something, rest well pack.

on October 4th, 2014 at 07:27pm

Larry...it's kind of funny how over the years Vikings fans seemed to accuse Packers Fans of constantly playing the "injury card" for all of the Pack's shortcomings in critical games. Well, I've heard a lot of chatter how the Vikings were down to their 3rd string QB, their TE is out, this, that, blah, blah, blah. Somehow, that should vindicate them for the loss last Thursday night. Funny...last year, when the Packers were down to their 3rd and 4th string QB's, whom neither were even on the roster just weeks before, came back against the Vikes for a critical tie, and went on to win the division. Sure it wasn't pretty, but it happened! And somehow, we're supposed to feel bad that the Vikings have all these injury issues and got their collective fannies kicked. NEWS FLASH....IT'S FOOTBALL, PEOPLE!!! PLAYERS GET HURT!!! IT'S PART OF THE GAME!!! DEAL WITH IT!!! CAN YOU DIG THAT, CANE?

on October 6th, 2014 at 10:42am

Yep...a 35 point output in 2 1/2 quarters, and you're still going to whine about Ponder. Seems like sound logic to me.

on October 7th, 2014 at 02:01pm

Cane, your team laid an egg. Sure Ponder didn't help, but the defense did not anything remarkable. I really don't believe they are any better than last year, but hey, it was one game. Maybe you will be the second best team in the North come January. Maybe.

on October 7th, 2014 at 09:09pm

Bill the Voice of the Short Bus--our defense had settled down and forced a punt on 5 of your first 7 possessions. Then Ponder happened. Simple as that. Our D is improved and your offense is worse. See you in November. I'll be at the game. And I had the balls to call into to Packer Review, so I haven't been hiding any place, bro.

on October 7th, 2014 at 12:25pm

Cane, let me explain something to you...as Mark Twain once said, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Do you know what that means? It means taking a small statistical sample in an attempt to fortify a weak argument. Sure, the Vikings defense may have stopped the Packers offense during a conveniently selected 5 out of 7 times, but you know what happened the rest of the game? They gave up 35 damn points!!! The offense served up a pick 6 and only scored 10 in garbage time! Your argument is extremely weak, bro. What I can't figure out is why you have this axe to grind trying to come up with ridiculously weak arguments to try to pigeonhole these discussions. Go hop on your own short bus going a different direction and do us all a favor - come back when you have something substantial to offer. Nobody here has ever stated the Packers were a flawless squad - nobody's foolish enough to go down that road. But it's pretty obvious which of the two squads is more flawed. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy cyber sparring like this as much as anyone, but when you come back, bring along something more substantial than a sliver statistical sampling.

on October 8th, 2014 at 02:40pm

Dickfan--stopping a Rodgers led offense on 5 of the initial 7 possessions is absolutely remarkable for this D when you consider the last 5 seasons against him. Either we are an improved D or AR/his offense has gotten a little worse. Or maybe a combo of both.

on October 8th, 2014 at 07:43am

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