The Green Bay Packers won the toss and received the opening kickoff from the Minnesota Vikings for tonight's contest at Lambeau Field. After another touchback from Blair Walsh, the Packers started at their own 20-yard line. The Vikings' defense stood tall to start, forcing the Packers into a three-and-out. Tim Masthay got away a monstrous 58-yard punt that put the Vikings back at their 14-yard line to start their first drive.
The Vikings responded with a three-and-out of their own, and actually went a bit backwards thanks to a holding penalty on Phil Loadholt. Jeff Locke got a decent punt away, and some decent coverage for the Vikings stopped the Packers at their own 39-yard line.
The next drive for the Packers turned into the Eddie Lacy show, as he took three handoffs and racked up 53 yards to put the Packers into the red zone in short order. The Packers eventually cashed in on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb, and Mason Crosby's extra point made the score 7-0 in favor of the Packers.
Lacy put together more yards on that drive alone than he had in any of the previous four games so far this season. That's a relatively bad sign.
The Vikings took over at their own 21-yard line after a Cordarrelle Patterson kickoff return, and the Vikings managed to put together a first down before their drive stalled out at the 41-yard line and Jeff Locke came on again. Cobb returned the punt to the Green Bay 19, and the Packers took over again.
Of course, it didn't take long for the Packers to cash in again, as Rodgers found his other favorite target, Jordy Nelson, for a 66-yard touchdown pass a few plays into the drive to make the score 14-0 with a little over five minutes left in the quarter.
Cordarrelle Patterson appeared to have a huge return on the ensuing kickoff, taking the ball into Green Bay territory for a 53-yard return. But, a holding penalty brought it all back and the Vikings wound up starting from their own 13-yard line. The Vikings again went three-and-out, including a sack of Christian Ponder, and Jeff Locke's punt gave the Packers the ball at their own 49-yard line.
The Vikings forced another three-and-out, featuring a sack of Rodgers by Shariff Floyd, and the Packers punted the ball away. Minnesota was forced to start at their own 11 after the Masthay punt, as they once again started with awful field position.
The Vikings picked up a first down on the ensuing drive, but the drive stalled once again and the Vikings are preparing to punt to start the second quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings trail the Green Bay Packers by a score of 14-0 as we move to the second quarter of play at Lambeau Field. Come join us and see what happens the rest of the way.