Site Editor Matt Loede shares his thoughts on the Monday night Vikings-Packers game in Minnesota:
* 14 play drive for the Pack comes up with no points in the third quarter down 28-14. I realize that you have to score TD’s to win in this league, but not getting points of any sort there was a killer for the Pack.
* You cannot possibly tell me that Favre didn’t play this game like a Super Bowl. He showed emotion all night, and even on the sidelines you could see him waving his arms trying to keep the crowd in the game.
* I’m convinced that Aaron Rodgers is the worst protected QB in the league, a mark that use to go to the Steelers Ben Roethlisberger. I realize that the Packers O-line is banged up, but seeing Rodgers run on every down makes me wonder if he’s going to last the year.
* Adrian Peterson runs like the strongest runner in the league on each and every down. He’s a beast, and I’ll debate anyone that says he’s NOT the best back in the league.
* Four weeks into the season, I love the MNF booth of Mike Tirco, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden, who has added a lot to the broadcasts.
* The Vikings O-line did an excellent job of making sure Brett Favre stayed upright, and it also shows how poor right now the Packers pass rush (or a lack of it) is right now.
* Jared Allen is a beast, and that Vikings D-line simply overwhelmed the Packers beat up O-line all night. Of couse I was getting a bit tired of seeing his rather stupid looking dance he does after sacks and hits.
* Mike McCarthy didn’t have a good night in challenges, he lost one early on a bad challenge on a fumble, and then in the fourth quarter trying to get a fumble reversed, it ended up being a safety on Rodgers that made it 30-14.
* Give Green Bay and Rodgers credit for trying their best to mount a comeback late. Rodgers led them on a gutsy 96-yard drive that made it somewhat of a competitive game in the final minutes.
* Give credit to Sydney Rice to leap up and grab the on-side kick after the Pack made it 30-23. It was a solid play by the Vikings to close out the win.