The NFL Week 5 got off to a roaring start on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The Green Bay Packers 2-2 (2nd NFC North) routed the Minnesota Vikings 2-2 (4th NFC North) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin and the game was on CBS/NFL TV.
In this rout Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 3 touchdowns while RB Lacy had a season high 105 yards with 2 touchdowns in the win over the Minnesota Vikings, while receiver Nelson had a 66 yard reception for a TD, and DB Peppers took a interception 49 yards for a TD as he became the 1st NFL player ever to have 100 sacks and 10 interceptions.
For the Vikings their QB Christian Ponder struggled in his start replacing the injured Bridgewater who was out with a sprained ankle and was intercepted in the middle on a Vikings drive which set up Packers QB Rodgers throwing a 11 yard scoring TD to receiver Adams which at that point game the Packers a 4 TD lead with 4:55 left in the 1st half of the game, which was Rodgers 200th career TD pass, but gave the ball to Adams who had just scored his 1st NFL score.
In the game the Packers had 15 first downs and 320 total yards on 52 plays with 164 passing yardage and 156 rushing yardage with 1 interception. The Vikings had 20 first downs and 299 total yards on 75 plays with 188 passing and 111 rushing 2 interceptions and 1 lost fumble.
Vikings QB Ponder completed 22 of 44 passes for 222 yards and had 2 interceptions, RB’s Asiata and McKinnon had 22 combined carries for 96 yards, Receivers Thielen & Jennings had 6 receptions for 88 yards. The Vikings scored all their 10 points in the 4th Quarter. Green Bay QB Rodgers was 12 of 17 for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns while backup QB Flynn was 3 of 5 for 22 yards, and had 1 interception while RB’s Lacy and Starks combined for 25 carries for 151 yards with Lace scoring 2 touchdowns, and Receivers Nelson and Cobb had 4 receptions for 100 yards and they each scored a TD. The Packers scored 14 points in the 1st three quarters and went scoreless in the 4th quarter.
Taking note of the Packers touchdowns, QB Rodgers hit Receiver Nelson on a play action pass which he caught in stride and outran Vikings Safety Smith into the end zone, which was the Packers 2nd TD of the 1st Quarter. QB Rodgers also connected with Receiver Cobb after RB Lacy rushed three times and put the Packers in setting up the catch by Cobb for 8 yards and a TD. In the 3rd quarter the Packers re-discovered their running game as RB Lacey ran for back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Vikings struggled in this game as the rarely got to midfield in the game and in the 1st half the only time they went past the 50, is when their RB Asiata fumbled after his 11 yard carry and that was the third straight turnover for the Vikings in the game. On the first play of the 4th quarter Vikings QB Ponder ran for a 6 yard touchdown but the still were behind 42-7.
The Minnesota Vikings now 2-3 (4th NFC North) play the Detroit Lions now 3-1 (1st NFC North) at TCF Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday October 12th, while the Green Bay Packers now 3-2 (2nd NFC North play at the Miami Dolphins now 2-2 (1st AFC East) also on Oct.12th at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.