On a night when the Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famers were present to see retired wide receiver Randy Moss receive his 2018 induction ring, Moss got to witness one of his records broken by current wide receiver Adam Thielen. That record was the number of games in a single season that a Vikings receiver eclipsed 100 yards. Moss held the record with 8 games, which he’d done twice (2000 and 2003). Thielen, with his 8 catches for 125 yards, including a decisive 14-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins near the end of the third quarter, brought his season total so far to 9 games.
This game saw the usually clutch Aaron Rodgers come up short when it mattered most as he uncharacteristically overthrew his receivers and couldn’t convert on 3rd or 4th down throughout the game. The most obvious example of this was when Rodgers, looking to lead the Packers to a last-minute fourth quarter comeback, missed a wide open Davante Adams in the endzone on what ended up being their final possession of the game. The drive ended in a field goal which pulled them to within a touchdown to tie the game, but after an onside kick was recovered by Minnesota, the game was over. The Vikings ended up escaping with a 24-17 win.
Not all the blame can be placed on Rodgers as his offensive line allowed him to get sacked four times over the course of the game, while Cousins only got sacked twice. Although he didn’t throw any interceptions, Rodgers was forced out of the pocket constantly and had to continuously make throws while scrambling from defenders. The duress caused him to complete only 61 percent of his passes for 172 yards and 1 touchdown.
With the win, the Vikings kept pace with the Bears and remain 1.5 games behind them in the NFC North standings. They also hold the first wild card spot heading into week 13. This week will provide another tough opponent as they head to Foxborough to face the Patriots.
For the Packers, it seems that any hopes of a late playoff push were likely dashed the second Rodgers’ pass to Adams fell in the endzone as they now sit with a 4-6-1 record going into week 13. They should be able to pick up an easy win against the hapless Arizona Cardinals as they return home to Lambeau to continue their 100th anniversary season next week.