Packers 28, Vikings 24: Eight Game Balls to Hand Out
The torch has finally been passed. If you didn’t believe Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had officially moved past the Brett Favre era, there’s no doubting it after they defeated the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night. It was the first victory for Rodgers over the Favre-led Vikings and put themselves for a tie atop the NFC North. It was a gutsy performance from the Packers, who desperately needed a win to avoid falling below .500 for the first time. Here are ten players (or units) who deserve game balls for tonight’s game.
1. Aaron Rodgers
He wasn’t overly productive and missed a handful of throws he usually makes but tonight was monumental for Aaron Rodgers. He finally got the monkey off his back that was Brett Favre’s legacy and at the same time may have turned the season around for his football team. He finished the night 21-of-34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns, and while his red zone production wasn’t spectacular (two interceptions), he led the offense to convert 6-of-11 third downs, something that had hurt the Packers the last two weeks.
2. Defensive Line: C.J. Wilson, Jarius Wynn, B.J. Raji
The Packers finished the game with three defensive linemen after Cullen Jenkins strained a hamstring in warm-ups and Ryan Pickett re-aggrevated his ankle injury. To do that in a 3-4 defense against one of the best runners in the league was special to say the least, and those three guys deserve all the credit in the world. The Vikings were able to rush for 196 yards on 36 carries, but the line was solid and provided pressure on Favre throughout the game, leading to mistakes and a sack from Wynn. Wilson, a seventh round rookie, played well and finished the contest with eight tackles.
3. Greg Jennings
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