Well we have now seen 5 Thursday Night Football games and all 5 have been 20+ point blowouts. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers dominated the Minnesota Vikings from the get go and went on to win 42-10. The Packers scored 14 points in each of the first 3 quarters and went into the 4th quarter leading 42-0 before pulling their starters.
From the start, the Vikings were at a disadvantage. Not only are they playing without Adrian Peterson but they had to start their 3rd string QB Christian Ponder. Matt Cassel is out for the year and Teddy Bridgewater could not give it a go on a short week after injuring his ankle on Sunday.
Picking up where he left off last week, Aaron Rodgers threw 3 touchdowns on Thursday, despite only attempting 17 passes. Rodgers finished 12/17 for 156 yards.
Rodgers threw 2 touchdowns in the first quarter...and you guessed it, they went to Cobb and Nelson (each scored 2 TDs last week). Cobb scored the first touchdown of the game on an 8 yard pass, and Nelson made it 14-0 on a 66-yard bomb from Rodgers. Rodgers added 1 more touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter to rookie Davante Adams.
Nelson's touchdown was his only reception of the night, while Cobb finished with 3 catches for 34 yards.
For all you Eddie Lacy owners, thank you for being patient, because Lacy's performance Thursday was worth the wait. Yes he only had 13 carries but that was more than enough. Lacy finished with 105 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 3 reception for another 27 yards. James Starks saw 12 carries and ran for 46 yards in garbage time.
The Packers defense came up huge as they sacked Ponder 6 times, Nick Perry had 2 sacks, Letroy Guion and Mike Daniels each had 1.5 sacks.
Julius Peppers gave the Packers a 21-0 lead with a 49 yard pick-6. Jamari Lattimore picked off Ponder on the following drive. The Packers then forced a fumble and recovered it before the end of the first half for their third take away.
For the Vikings, there weren't any bright spots.
Christian Ponder showed why he's a third string quarterback. Ponder went 22/44 for 222 yards and 2 interceptions. Ponder was sacked 6 times but did run for a touchdown early in the 4th quarter.
The Vikings didn't have the success they had last week running the ball. However Matt Asiata did have a decent game. He ran the ball 15 times for 72 yards, but lost a fumble. Jerick McKinnon ran for just 24 yards on 7 carries.
Cordarrelle Patterson had just 2 receptions for 8 yards before leaving with a hip injury. It doesn't appear to be serious but the Vikings were being blown out and felt no need to bring Patterson back in.
Greg Jennings continues to be irrelevant when playing his old team. After just 3 catches last season in 2 games against the Packers, Jennings was held to 2 receptions for 31 yards Thursday.
Adam Thielen (who?) led the Vikings with 4 catches and 57 yards.
My 31-17 prediction was just a little off. Either way the Packers dominated this game and once again we had another snooze fest on Thursday Night Football. Next week we get the Colts @ Texans, and will hopefully see a competitive game.