Pack Pummels Ponder and Purple: Perfect.Posted:Oct 3rd, 2014 3:12 am
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.