The Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers have met 119 times total in the history of the two franchises. The all-time record is currently in the Packers favor, with a 61-54-3 record. Dating back to the 2015 season, the Vikings have been in control of the series, they have a record of 5-2-1 in that stretch. Going into this game the Vikings had confidence because of recent history, but it is a new season and both of these teams are different. The Packers made the most changes of any team in the NFC North during the offseason and through the first two games of the 2019 season, it has shown.
The first 16 minutes of this game made it seem like it was going to be a blowout and all of the moves that the Packers made in the offseason showed well in the first 16 minutes. Matt LaFleur’s offense looked like an absolute juggernaut. During the first drive of the game, the Packers only took four plays to move the ball 75 yards. Matt LeFleur started out the game with a play-action shot play to Davante Adams for 39 yards. The very next play we see some of the creativity that we were promised, both Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones were in the game and Jones was sent in orbit motion and a fake was given to Williams. After the fake Rodgers looked to Jones in the flat and was able to get six yards. Two plays later we see the same exact formation and orbit motion but with a different result, instead of passing the swing screen to Jones, Rodgers throws the slip screen to Jamaal Williams on the other side of the formation and Williams finds the space and scampers to a 15-yard score.
This is what kind of offense that Packer fans were promised and it looked really good early in this game against a damn good Vikings defense. The offense continued to look extremely good through the first quarter plus in this game. The next two drives were just as effective, going for 63 and 33 yards respectively plus both of those drives going for a touchdown. During these two drives, the biggest takeaway is that the passing attack was on point early in this game. The passing attack was very good in the first three offensive drives, they got 126 yards out of the 209 total passing yards from Aaron Rodgers. This is both a compliment for LaFleur’s new offense and also of the adjustments that Mike Zimmer and this defense made throughout this game. The only worry that came of this game was LaFleur did not show the ability to adjust mid-game and that is something that all Packers fans need to monitor moving forward in this 2019 season.
The rest of this game for the Green Bay Packers offense I can sum up in one word, NOTHING! The rest of the game for the Packers were highlighted by this revamped defense! Brian Gutekunst has looked like a genius early in this season! This Packers defense has looked like one of the best of the NFL and the main reason for this is Brain Gutekunst. Mike Pettine is a very good coach and has proven that throughout his time in the NFL but you can see that putting talent on this defense makes it even better than what Pettine can do with an only okay defense. This defense was much more effective at getting to the QB last week than it was this week but they still do the job and get the Packers the win! They only got one sack against the Vikings as opposed to the five against the Bears. The Packers defense was still very good still holding a potentially potent offense to just 16 points.
This defense forced six punts and had a total of four turnovers, two of which were fumbles and two were interceptions, plus a missed field goal. Through the first two games of this 2019 season, Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Adrian Amos, and Darnell Savage have looked amazing and like great additions to this team. Plus returning to the defense, Kenny Clark, Blake Martinez, Dean Lowry, Kyler Fackrell, Jaire Alexander, and Kevin King have all looked very good, all of this combines to a potentially great team, I personally wouldn’t be surprised with a top-five finish out of this great unit!