Just another day at the office for the defending Super Bowl champs.
“There’s not a lot of panic in this team. We’ve been down a couple times at halftime. Just a lot of focus,” said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed his first 13 passes and finished 24 for 30 on another near-unstoppable afternoon against a depleted secondary.
What else would you expect from the potent Packers pass attack?
“We expect nothing less,” said Greg Jennings, who had seven catches for 147 yards. He jogged in for a 79-yard score on the second play of the second half after an egregiously blown coverage, giving the Packers their first lead at 20-17.
Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder (NFL regular season starting debut) was picked off twice in the third quarter by Charles Woodson, who almost grabbed a couple more interceptions, but the Florida State product kept the Vikings in it from start to finish after completing a 72-yard pass play on his first snap to Michael Jenkins.
Adrian Peterson helped him out by rushing 24 times for 175 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (1-6), but James Starks put the game away with two big gains for first downs before the 2-minute warning and another one right after. He had 75 yards on 13 carries for the Packers (7-0).
Mason Crosby had four field goals for the Packers, including a franchise record 58-yarder, one of many delights among some anxious moments for the thousands of Packers fans in attendance who made the trip across the border.
“We’re not going to swing from a rope around here as far as extremes, one way or another,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’re very happy being 7-0, stating the obvious, but to a man we know we can play better. That’s what’s exciting.”
A dynasty in the making, in front of our very own eyes!