Halftime: Packers 17, Vikings 0

November, 14, 2011
11/14/11
10:11
PM ET
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few thoughts before heading back into Monday Night Live:
  • This has felt like a preseason game. The Packers established the upper hand early on rookie Randall Cobb's 80-yard punt return, and both teams have kind of sleepwalked from there. At least the Packers have a comfortable lead in their defense. The Minnesota Vikings don't have that.
  • The Vikings are mostly rushing four men at quarterback Aaron Rodgers but have gotten consistent pressure and three official sacks. But Rodgers is so good at spotting mismatches that he didn't miss when the Vikings tried to cover receiver Greg Jennings with safety Jamarca Sanford in the first quarter. Result: 24-yard touchdown pass.
  • You want to say that the Vikings are in this game, based on how their defense has played. But their offense isn't really equipped to get the ball downfield quickly. Quarterback Christian Ponder has completed only one pass that traveled 15 or more yards in the air. That was a 33-yard pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
  • Vikings defensive lineman Fred Evans probably cost his team three points by jumping offsides on Ryan Longwell's 47-yard field goal attempt. Longwell was short on the subsequent 52-yarder.
  • I haven't tracked linebacker Packers Clay Matthews on every play, but he is still lining up primarily as the left outside linebacker. He has one sack on a play the Vikings tried to block him with two running backs.

Now back to the chat.

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