By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78
Green Bay Packers 29 – 29 Minnesota Vikings
Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers game sure lived up to the hype! It was certainly an exciting game, but exciting can mean good and bad. There were a few bits of excitement I could have lived without Sunday.
I might be in the minority here, but I’m okay with the tie. Coming into the game, I knew Minnesota had an overall better team, and I wasn’t sure how effective Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be playing with that huge brace on his sprained knee.
Once again, Rodgers proved that as long as his arms are fine, he can play on one leg. He was surprisingly mobile and was able to move when he needed to. I hate to say that we lost this game to the refs and a few questionable calls, but I largely feel like we did. That being said, the defense needs to figure out how Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was able to lead such a comeback, and what we can be done to prevent that the next time we play the Vikings.
All last season the question was “What is a catch?” That has already been replaced, just two games in, with “What’s roughing the passer?” Outside linebacker Clay Matthews has now been flagged twice for this in as many games, and Sunday’s call didn’t make any sense. At least not to me and about 3 million other Packers’ fans.
Matthews was flagged for a hit on Cousins. I think this could have determined the game in Green Bay’s favor had he not been flagged. Instead of getting the ball back, Cousins ended this drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adam Thielen, and then WR Stefon Diggs got the two point conversion pass.
That roughing the passer penalty – Clay Matthews on Kirk Cousins – may be the worst I’ve seen. So they’re not allowed to tackle now?!
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) 16 September 2018
We can’t entirely blame the refs. Green Bay is still having issues on defense. While they held their own for the first three quarters, all the air went out for the fourth quarter and overtime. We can’t afford a defense that allows three touchdown passes once the team has built up momentum for most of the game.
It’s been an emotional start to this season! Let’s hope that Sunday is a bit calmer, as the Packers travel to Washington to take on the Redskins.
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