Rapid Reaction: Packers 24, Vikings 19
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The evidence was there for everyone to see. The Green Bay Packers were the best team on the field for almost all of Monday night, establishing themselves as the class of the NFC North in a 24-19 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the most proficient of the teams' young quarterbacks, completing more than 80 percent of his passes in his first NFL start while the Vikings' Tarvaris Jackson completed under 50 percent.
While the Vikings struggled to find a rhythm, Green Bay made big plays in all three phases of the game. On offense, they set up their touchdowns with a 56-yard pass to Greg Jennings and a 57-yard run by Ryan Grant. Will Blackmon contributed a big play on special teams, returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, And on defense, safety Atari Bigby's ending the game by intercepting of Jackson.
The Packers were far from perfect but in a game that supposedly matched the top two teams in the NFC North -- apologies, Bears fans -- the game was not as close as the score indicated. For one week, at least, the post-Brett Favre Packers are still the best team in the division.