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Vikings vs. Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on the sidelines during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings finished their Week 12 showdown in a tie.

Final Score

Minnesota: 26

Green Bay: 26

 

Green Bay Packers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseCB
Run OffenseB+A-
Run DefenseD+F
Pass DefenseBB
Special TeamsCC
CoachingBB+
vs.Vikings Week 12

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Looking for some sort of magic, the Packers replaced quarterback Scott Tolzien with Matt Flynn. Finishing with 218 yards passing and a touchdown, Flynn led his Packers to a massive comeback. Although Flynn played well, the Packers and Vikings tied in one of the most competitive games played this year.

Run Offense: Rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown, Eddie Lacy shined in Week 12. Showing his elite vision and bruising ability to punish defenders in between the tackles, Lacy was the heart and soul of Green Bay’s offense against the Vikings.

Pass Defense: If you could use one word to describe the Green Bay Packers' pass defense against the Vikings, it would be "pressure." Exploding through the line of scrimmage, the Packers sacked Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder six times in this Week 12 matchup.

Run Defense: No matter who was out there running the football, there was absolutely zero answer for Minnesota's ground game. Giving up 227 rushing yards and a touchdown, the Packers were decimated by not only Adrian Peterson, but also backup running back Toby Gerhart.

Special Teams: Outside of giving up a 57-yard kick return early on, Green Bay’s special teams unit had a quiet day against the Vikings.

Coaching: You have to give Packers head coach Mike McCarthy a lot of credit. Making the switch to backup quarterback Matt Flynn, the Packers mounted a massive comeback effort against the Vikings late in the second half. Even though the game ended in a tie, McCarthy seems to have finally found the right replacement for Rodgers.

 

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes with the football during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Aside from a strong drive in the first quarter, Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien didn’t look great in the first half. Poor accuracy and questionable throws downfield have kept this Packers offense from being able to put up points on a weak Vikings defense.

Run Offense: If you watched Packers running back Eddie Lacy plow his way to 62 yards rushing in the first half, then you understand why this kid is special. A devastating runner between the tackles, Lacy has done a nice job against the Vikings early in this football game.

Pass Defense: Holding Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to 127 yards passing, Green Bay’s pass defense has benefited from the outstanding play of linebacker Clay Matthews. Having his way with Minnesota’s offensive line, Matthews racked up two sacks in the first half.

Run Defense: Although the Packers tried to slow down Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson, things just haven’t worked out. Rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries, Peterson was dominant in the first half. If the Packers want to win this football game, they are going to have to do a better job of containing Peterson.

Special Teams: Allowing a 57-yard kick return to Vikings returner Cordarrelle Patterson, Green Bay’s special teams unit has to step up if they want to keep their team in the game. With an offense struggling to score points, special teams is one area in which they can’t afford to make any mistakes.

Coaching: Clearly, head coach Mike McCarthy has opened up the playbook to quarterback Scott Tolzien in the first half. Taking shots downfield and feeding running back Eddie Lacy, Tolzien has been given plenty of chances to shred a dismal Vikings defense.

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