Packers Memo: Changing Direction

As Mark Twain might say, if he had been a sports writer - "the report of the Green Bay Packers death has been greatly exaggerated."

Their best 60 minutes of team football was the most complete game of the year, and by far, the most satisfying.

Green Bay Packers 30.  Minnesota Vikings 13.
Tied at the top of the NFC North division with 7 - 3 records, but the Packers own the tiebreaker now with the head to head victory.

The Packer defense set the tone at the start and kept it up throughout the game.

All-world running back Adrian Peterson was held to 45 yards rushing and Viking QB Teddy Bridgewater was Packer sacked 5 times on the turf of the University of Minnesota stadium.   (Minnesota is building a new stadium, opening next season.)

Kicker Mason Crosby was the offensive star with five field goals (52, 42, 40, 47, and 47) and Aaron Rodgers through touchdown passes to Randall Cobb and James Jones.  The pass to Jones in the 4th quarter which served as a fork into the late Minneapolis Sunday dinner.

Running back Eddie Lacy had his best game of the season so far and Aaron Rodgers played well -although not to the unfairly high standards which he's set through the years.  As the game went along it felt like the offense started to find its rhythm,

One game doesn't fix all the problems, but it starts to turn the ship around.  I imagine every Packer fan is breathing a little easier today and took a couple steps back from the ledge.

After an excellent performance by the defense, some of the fans who fancy themselves as assistant coaches to the defense will stop calling for the coordinator's head.

I hope Coach McCarthy, his staff, and especially the team had a restful night's sleep after the short flight home from the Twin Cities.  Gotta rest fast, their next game is Thursday night, Go Pack, Go!