Minnesota Vikings claim victory after Packers lose Aaron Rodgers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Brian Robison (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Brian Robison (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers lost Aaron Rodgers early and that cleared the path for a Minnesota Vikings victory.

Aaron Rodgers is a really good quarterback and the Green Bay Packers are really good when he healthy. The problem for the Packers is that Rodgers became the opposite of healthy early in the first quarter and that opened up the door for a Minnesota Vikings victory. The Vikings did take advantage of that with a 23-10 win.

Rodgers rolled out to his right early in the first quarter on a pass. Rodgers got the pass off, but Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr legally hit the QB and took him to the ground. On the hit, the Rodgers broke his collarbone and could be out for the rest of the season.

Brett Hundley came into the game for the Packers and didn’t do a whole lot. That isn’t a shock. Hundley had little regular season experience before being forced into duty on Sunday. The backup did throw his first NFL touchdown in the game to Davante Adams.

The game was filled with many, many injuries. The tip of the iceberg includes Rodgers and Ty Montgomery for the Packers while Anthony Barr was held out after halftime for Minnesota with a concussion.

Case Keenum was serviceable for the Vikings. Keenum took more risks and they should’ve probably bit more than they did, but the stout Vikings offensive weapons prevailed. Keenum was continuous finding Adam Thielen whom had nine for just under 100 yards receiving. Laquon Treadwell also had a trio of catches including a snazzy one-handed grab.

Jerrick McKinnon also had a solid game again in the backfield for Minnesota. He scored both touchdowns in the game with one via a pass and another on a goal line carry. All the touchdowns in the game were scored in the second quarter with Green Bay’s Hundley to Adams TD being sandwiched in between the two McKinnon scores. The Vikings took a lead 14-10 lead into halftime.

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Three Kai Forbath field goals in the second half were enough to increase the Vikings lead and give the purple a fairly comfortable win. Speaking of comfortable, Forbath didn’t miss a kick in the game which includes him nailing a 53 yard field goal.

The Vikings defense looked good once again. Hundley didn’t give much time to work while picking him off three times. Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith and Trae Waynes were credited with the picks. Smith’s was a snazzy one-handed grab.

The win for the Vikings now puts them atop the NFC North. The Vikings and Packers now both sit at 4-2 atop the division with the Vikings owning the tiebreaker. The rematch between the two squads is no until December 23 in Green Bay.

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The NFC North leading Vikings now play the Baltimore Ravens next week. It’s another home game for the Vikings with a 12 PM Central kick.