Well, I guess the reality of the Green Bay Packers this season is that if you schedule them into a Primetime matchup, don't expect a riveting game, unless you wear the cheese-head of course. Green Bay kept their record a spotless 9-0 after easily dismantling the Minnesota Vikings Monday night to the tune of 45-7. It was a complete effort by the Pack and one that showcased just how good an offense they are.
With Rodgers under center, the Packers offense has been an unstoppable juggernaut this season. Their lowest scoring outing of the season has been 24 and they have topped 40 or more points 4 times this season, posting back to back 45 point efforts the last two weeks. It's safe to say that the key to beating this team is slowing down that Green Bay offense, but saying and doing is two different monsters.
Even the supposed weakness of this team, its defense, came out to play as they held the Vikings to just one third quarter touchdown. Much maligned this season despite being unbeaten, the Packers defense came out with a chip on their shoulder, causing 1 turnover and sacking Minnesota's rookie QB Christian Ponder 3 times in as complete an effort as seen this year.
"I think tonight we got a little bit more of what we like as a defense," Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said, "with the guys that we have. Just getting after an opposing offense. If you looked out there tonight, guys had fun. It's all determined on how the game is called. When Dom calls it that way, guys pin their ears back and go play football."
The formula for Green Bay's defensive success in this game was simple, blitz, blitz, and blitz some more, In fact, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers called for a blitz of a blitzering (yes, intentionally misspelled) 74.4 percent of the Vikings' 39 dropbacks. Considering the Vikings feature one of the worst passing attacks in the league, this constant pressure took that and made it an even worse night for the Minnesota rookie who completed only 16 of 34 passes for 190 yards and finished with a 52.3 passer rating.
"We finally feel like we played up to the level of which we're capable of and the level which we know how to play," Pack linebacker Clay Matthews said. "It feels good. Obviously, our offense is going to put up points. It was up to our defense to hold up their end of the bargain. And we were able to do that tonight. We feel real good about that. You can see how much drastically better it makes our team better when our offense and defense are on all cylinders."
With an offense as potent as the Packers and a defense as capable as the one seen on Monday night, Green Bay could truly be the most unbeatable team in recent memory. At 9-0, with only 7 games left, Green Bay is past the halfway point onto a perfect season, not that Aaron Rodgers is keeping track.
"I'm sure there will be, obviously, more pressure, more scrutiny from the outside of this locker room," Rodgers said of a perfect season. "But we've got a good locker room."
To get to that possibility, Green Bay is going to have to get through a majority of tough games on their remaining schedule, starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week and including Detroit twice, Chicago once more, and games against the Giants and the Raiders. Overall, it's not an easy road to perfection but if any team has the stones to get it done, then this years Packers are that team.
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