Rodgers and the Packers Took Care of the Vikings in a Hard-Fought 43-34 Victory

The Green Bay Packers showed up Sunday, Sep. 13, 2020 in US Bank Stadium in Minnesota and took care of the Minnesota Vikings by a hard-fought 43-34 victory. The Packers deployed a rushing game that produced 158 yards and one rushing touchdown, to go along with a total team offensive output of 522 yards. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers contributed with 364 yards and four touchdowns for the game.

Rodgers finished the game completing 32 of 44 passes, to lead the way for the Packers. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 127.50, coming from a performance that included 364 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions for the game.

The ground game for the Packers saw Aaron Jones carrying the football 16 times, and Tyler Ervin helping with rushing the ball three times. The two rushers produced 66 yards and 38 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Packers had Rodgers throwing the football to Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling as his most productive targets. Adams caught 14 passes for a net gain of 156 yards. The secondary target (Valdes-Scantling) caught four passes for a net contribution of 96 yards.

The Packers were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in two sacks, and no tackles for loss, to go along with zero forced fumbles, with no defensive touchdowns.

Compared to Rodgers of the Packers, Kirk Cousins of the Vikings threw for 259 yards with two touchdowns, and one interception, completing 19 of 25 passes, for a 118.60 passer rating.

The rushing game for the Vikings was led by Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. For the game, Cook rushed for 50 yards from carrying the football 12 times. Meanwhile Mattison carried the ball 6 times for a total of 50 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Vikings included Olabisi Johnson and Adam Thielen. Johnson caught three passes for a total of 56 yards, while Thielen contributed with 110 yards from six passes.

In their loss, the Vikings defense contributed with one forced fumble and one tackle to go along with zero sacks and zero defensive touchdowns. This production from the Vikings defense was not enough help get a win.

After this game, the Packers improved to a record of 1-0, while the Vikings dropped to a 0-1 record. After the win, the Packers now have a 1-0 record, compared to the Vikings who now have 0-1 record.