Mistakes & Miscues In Minnesota
By Jeff Falconio
Very little went right for the Packers in the 28-27 loss to Minnesota at the Metrodome. You can start with the ten penalties one which wiped out a touchdown and two more that negated big runs by Ryan Grant. Next you add 192 yards on 30 carries by Adrian Peterson. There was no question Peterson was going to be a big part of this game but Peterson's workload easily wiped out what could've been three costly interceptions thrown by Gus Frerotte. Of course, you also have the disintegrating offensive line. Minnesota's disruptive pass rush completely destroyed any offensive flow the Packers could put together.
This game should not have been nearly as close as it was but earlier I wrote that Frerotte is steady but prone to make mistakes and he the inaccurate Frerotte did that today. Chester Taylor was the leading receiver for the Vikings. Normally that's good news but the reason why Taylor led the Vikings in receiving? The 47-yard touchdown due to a blown tackle by Desmond Bishop. A perfect example of Minnesota exploiting one of Green Bay's many miscues. Otherwise it was, as it usually is with a Minnesota win, mostly about Peterson. This has been a strange year for Peterson because he's racked up tons of yards but only scored six times coming into this game. However, when you're allowed to pound away the way Peterson was able to, eventually you're going to break off a big one as Peterson did for the game winning score.
The only two positives to take away were the play of the secondary and the running of Ryan Grant. Thanks to an ineffective offensive line, Grant only tallied 16 carries. But those 16 carries led to 75 yards and an average of 4.7 yards. So why wasn't Grant used more? Consider the poor field position the Packers had all day mixed in with four sacks, seven tackles for losses and those 10 penalties and the Packers just couldn't get anything going.
For as bad as it looks the Packers are now only a game behind Chicago and Minnesota. But unless the mistakes get corrected and the Packers find an offensive rhythm, winning the division is just a pipe dream.