Trailing the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 10-0, the Green Bay Packers finally managed to convert a third down, as Brett Hundley found Randall Cobb on a 3rd-and-2 pass to the Green Bay 40-yard line. Jamaal Williams was stuffed for no gain on the next play, and Cobb was stopped short by Terence Newman on second down to bring up 3rd-and-5 from the 45-yard line. On third down, Mackensie Alexander buried Cobb for a big loss back to the 39, and Justin Vogel came in to punt again. Marcus Sherels called for the fair catch at the Minnesota 21 to give the Vikings possession back.
Jerick McKinnon got two carries to start the possession, and those touches resulted in a 3rd-and-4 from the 27-yard line. Case Keenum then tried to hit Stefon Diggs, but it was nearly intercepted by Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and fell incomplete. Ryan Quigley came in to punt the football away, and his punt was downed at the Green Bay 38-yard line.
Hundley completed a pass to Aaron Ripkowski on first down, and Jordy Nelson dropped a pass that would have moved the chains on second down to bring up another third down situation. Hundley then completed a pass to Lance Kendricks, but the Vikings stopped Kendricks short of the first down. Vogel continued his busy night, punting the ball away with Sherels calling for the fair catch at the Minnesota 11-yard line.
Keenum found Diggs on the first play of the drive for a big 20-yard gain, despite Hawkins interfering with him again. Diggs then took an end-around for a short gain, and a quick screen to Michael Floyd was shut down for no gain. Minnesota converted on third down on a pass to Jerick McKinnon, but could not get another third down conversion as Keenum was sacked by Kyler Fackrell on third and short. Quigley came on to punt again, and his boot was fair caught by Trevor Davis at the Green Bay 23.
Hundley found Nelson on first down for a short gain, and then he got loose on a scramble that it appeared he could have been sacked on for a 24-yard gain into Minnesota territory at the 49-yard line. Jamaal Williams followed that up with a 9-yard run, and Hundley then caught the Vikings with too many men on the field to give the Packers another first down. Hundley then found Lance Kendricks for a decent gain to the Minnesota 27, and the Packers were threatening.
Hundley then found Nelson for another first down, and the Packers had 1st-and-10 from the Vikings’ 23. Williams then took the ball inside the 20 as the game went to the two-minute warning. Hundley then scrambled away from Everson Griffen for a short gain to bring up another third down. Hundley moved to his left and appeared to be looking for the end zone, but instead found Harrison Smith for an interception! Smith took the return to the Minnesota 22 to thwart the Green Bay drive.
Unfortunately, the Vikings didn’t do much with the football when they got it back, and went three-and-out. Quigley came in to punt the ball away again. and Trevor Davis returned the ball to the 35-yard line. The Packers attempted a few passes at the end of the half, but didn’t do much, and we went into the locker room with the Vikings holding a 10-0 lead.
Looking at the stat sheet for the Vikings, they haven’t really been tearing it up thus far. Case Keenum has completed 9-of-14 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Stefon Diggs has been the big recipient of Keenum’s throws, as he has four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown so far. There are five other Vikings that each have one reception for less than ten yards. They are Jerick McKinnon (9 yards), Jarius Wright (8 yards), Kyle Rudolph (6 yards), Adam Thielen (3 yards), and Michael Floyd (0 yards).
On the ground, Latavius Murray is leading the way for the Vikings with 36 yards on nine carries. McKinnon has 13 yards on three carries, and Diggs has three yards on an end-around.
The Vikings’ defense thus far has been as advertised, as they’ve allowed the Packers to convert just one of seven third down attempts. (The Vikings are only 2-for-7 in those situations themselves.) So far, the Packers have just 110 yards of total offense.
As we go into the locker room at Lambeau Field, the Minnesota Vikings hold a 10-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers, and will get the football to start the second half. Come on in and follow all the action with us!