Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings had some interesting things to say to the media earlier this year about his former teammate, quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, on the other hand, let his play do he talking Sunday night, leading the Packers to a 44-31 road win against the Vikings. And the game was never as close as the score suggests.
Rodgers, missing both wide receiver Randal Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley, was unstoppable, preying upon an inexperienced Vikings secondary by going 24-of-29 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers looked for wide receiver Jordy Nelson early and often, who was equally unstoppable against Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes, catching seven reception for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran like his “wrecking ball” namesake, adding a tough 94 yards and a touchdown of his own.
The Vikings offense, on the other hand, just didn’t have the same the success. With Josh Freeman inactive recovering from a concussion, Christian Ponder once again got the start for the Vikings. Ponder did not have a horrible game, going 14-0f-24 for 145 yards and adding a late rushing touchdown in garbage time. But he didn’t have much impact on the game, spending a lot of time on he sideline as the Vikings defense failed to get Rodgers off the field on third or fourth downs. Running back Adrian Peterson continued his disappointing year, carrying the rock for a quiet 60 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings biggest play came on special teams, where Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown. This was the only point in the game where the Vikings held the lead.
Jennings did little against his former team, catching just one pass for nine yards. After the game, Jennings and Rodgers had a long conversation that Rodgers refused to comment on.