The Packers defense finally stepped up and played championship caliber defense. Granted it was against one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but it was a huge mental boost to a defense that has been giving up big plays all season. It was also the largest point differential by either team team in 102 meetings.
One week after allowing the Chargers to almost get back in the game, the Packers defense stepped up its game and sent five or more rushers on about 73 percent of plays, according to the Journal Sentinel.
A week earlier, defensive leader Charles Woodson and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers had a chat on getting more pressure on the quarterback and creating better matchups for Clay Mathews. It definitely paid off. Mathews moved around, had a quarterback sack, caused a fumble and the defense created turnours, communicated really well and stuffed the run.
This was probably the most complete game that I have seen from the Packers in all facets all season. The Packers talk about stacking successes and this is one that they can definitely build off of. The defense held the Vikings to under 300 total yards, this is the first time all season that's happened. I honestly thought the defense would pitch a shutout and they probably would have had it not been for a fumbled punt by Randall Cobb.
The fumbled punt and the quarterback pressure that the Vikings put on Rodgers were the only two things that did not go so well for the Packers. Randell Cobb has two kick/punt return touchdowns this season and three fumbles. That is the good and the bad that we will get all season with the rookie. I really like how he bounced back on the ensuing kick off with a very nice return. I am pretty sure the Mike McCarthy will correct that in practice.
As far as the offensive line goes, it sounds like the team will be without Chad Clifton until December, so Marshall Newhouse and TJ Lang are going to have to step it up and protect the franchise extremely well. They have a tough matchup coming up on Thanksgiving Day with the Lions. That is for a blog another time, as the Lions will came after Rodgers on every play.
That is all that went wrong for the Packers Monday night. They ran the ball well for their standards and the passing attack is simply unstoppable. Rodgers has already broken one of Brett Favre's Packer records for most consecutive games with 2+ touchdowns. I find it extremely hard to believe that there is a defense in the NFL that will stop this offense. I see teams that will give them trouble, but if the defense plays like they did Monday night, then we witnessing another special season. We are already witnessing an MVP type season by Rodgers.