Week one is now officially in the books for the Green Bay Packers, and in replicated fashion from last season in the opener, it once again ends in a humbling fashion.
The lack of a true receiving threat to complement quarterback Aaron Rodgers had been the talk of the offseason for the Packers, and the pessimism that shrouded this young core of receivers came to fruition as the top receiver in this contest was not a receiver at all, but running back AJ Dillon.
The start of the downfall came rather early in this one. On the Packer’s opening drive, a deep pass that should have resulted in a touchdown was dropped by a wide-open Christian Watson. The rookie would merely vanish in terms of targets after this costly mistake and was the opening of a long day for this Packer offense.
The Vikings on the other hand seemed to have their way with the Packer’s reputed stout defense. Running back Dalvin Cook ran for nearly 100 yards and seemed to be a catalyst in providing the Vikings with vital field position on what seemed like drive after drive.
Justin Jefferson; Now that is a name that not only the league and Packer fans were familiar with already, but now even more so than ever. The talented young receiver had the best game of his career in a matchup that many thought would slow him down, especially considering he was going against one of the top secondaries in the league. However, nine catches and over 180 yards to go along with two scores would surely beg to differ.
Not having the Pro Bowl offensive tackle tandem in Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari was also felt as Rodgers was pressured constantly and sacked four times. For all of the chatter and trash talk that former Packer Za’Darius Smith presented prior to this contest, the outside linebacker and his new teammates surely delivered upon it.
The only score in this contest for the Packers was a late rushing touchdown belonging to the leading receiver in this game, the running back Dillon. The offense never posed a true threat to the pass rush of the Vikings, and the game was turned on its head from the onset.
Aaron Rodgers only threw for 195 yards and threw an interception, which ended his miraculous three-year streak of no interceptions thrown to opposing NFC North opponents. On the other side of the ball, Kirk Cousins was more Rodgers-esque than the man himself; throwing for 277 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
It is fairly early to hit the panic button for the season already. In fact, this lethargic performance was possibly better than last season’s opening stinker. But with what looks like a lack of a receiving threat, and continued injuries on this offensive line, there may be just a few points of concerns here that might indeed be lingering.——————