But Dalvin Cook had something to say about that.
Green Bay got on the board first, as they took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards, taking nearly eight minutes off the clock in the process. The drive concluded with Aaron Rodgers connecting with Davante Adams. . .who else. . .for a 5-yard score to give the home team an early 7-0 lead.
Minnesota answered with an impressive drive on their first possession, with much of the offense running through Dalvin Cook. Cook finished the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run, with Dan Bailey connecting on the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 just before the end of the first quarter.
At the end of the first quarter, Vikings’ rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler suffered what appears to be a serious head/neck injury on a tackle attempt. Dantzler was taken off the field on a stretcher. We will be monitoring the situation as we get more information on it.
Green Bay converted their second possession into points, as they marched down the field and got another Rodgers-to-Adams touchdown pass, this one from a yard out to make the score 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
Cook got the Vikings onto the scoreboard again to tie the game back up, as he went over from a yard out with less than a minute left in the half. Dan Bailey was good on the extra point again, and the score was tied at 14-14 as the teams went into the locker room.
Minnesota got the football first coming out of the locker room at halftime, and it was once again the Dalvin Cook show. He started the drive with a 37-yard run to put the ball into Green Bay territory, and finished it off with a 1-yard run for his third touchdown of the day, giving the Vikings their first lead of the afternoon, 21-14.
It didn’t take long for Cook to find the end zone again, as a fourth-down stop by the Minnesota defense led to Cook’s fourth touchdown of the afternoon, this one coming through the air.
That was a 50-yard catch-and-run, and with just under six minutes left in the third quarter the Vikings found themselves up by two touchdowns at 28-14.
It took until nearly the two-minute warning for the Packers to get back on the board, but they did it on a 7-yard pass from Rodgers to Adams, their third of the day. Green Bay went for the two-point conversion, and after a very long review, the try was deemed successful to cut the score to 28-22.
There was some drama at the end, as the Packers pushed all the way down to the Minnesota 41-yard line with time ticking down. However, rookie D.J. Wonnum got behind Aaron Rodgers and knocked the ball loose with the Vikings recovering the fumble to seal the Minnesota win in a huge upset.
This game was all about Dalvin Cook. He put the team on his back and carried the ball 30 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and also added in a 50-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the third quarter. After missing the previous game, he made it clear that he’s the straw that stirs the drink for the Vikings’ offense.
Kirk Cousins was efficient, completing 11-of-14 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. . .and, more importantly, did not turn the ball over. The Vikings’ defense lost Cameron Dantzler to a neck injury in the first quarter and Kris Boyd to what appears to be a knee injury towards the end of the game, but still had enough to hold off the Packers.
The Vikings move their record to 2-5 on the season, and will return to U.S. Bank Stadium next week to host another NFC North rival, the Detroit Lions. Green Bay falls to 5-2, and is looking at a short week before they take on the San Francisco 49ers in this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup.
Once again, the Minnesota Vikings pull off a huge upset of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, holding on to win by a final score of 28-22. Thanks to everyone that got their coverage of this week’s game right here at The Daily Norseman!