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NFL Week 1 Game Recap: Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 7

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates his touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the bigger upsets of Week 1, the Minnesota Vikings toppled Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, 23-7.

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Offensive spotlight: In his quest to become the NFL's best wide receiver, Justin Jefferson put forth a monster Week 1 effort. He hauled in nine of his 10 targets for 184 yards and two scores, with five of those catches going for 15-plus yards. Eighty-one of his yards came after the catch.

Defensive spotlight: Safety Harrison Smith brought down an interception on a deep jump-ball from Aaron Rodgers, and he also allowed only 26 yards on five targets. All that equated to a game-high 90.4 coverage grade on first review.

Rookie spotlight: Quay Walker made two run stops on 14 run-defense snaps in his NFL debut. He was one of three Packers to earn a 70.0-plus initial run-defense grade for the contest.

Offensive line spotlight: Rookie guard Ed Ingram surrendered five pressures — one sack, three hits and one hurry — on 33 pass-blocking snaps to finish with the worst initial pass-blocking grade in the game.

Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
Spread MIN -1.5 MIN Covers
O/U 46.5 Under

Box Score

Passing
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Aaron Rodgers 5.7 22 / 34 195 5.7 0 1
Jordan Love 2.6 4 / 5 65 13 0 0
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kirk Cousins 19.08 23 / 32 277 8.7 2 0
Rushing
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
AJ Dillon 20.1 10 45 4.5 1 14
Aaron Jones 10.6 5 49 9.8 0 29
Romeo Doubs 8.8 1 11 11 0 11
Christian Watson 6.1 1 7 7 0 7
Aaron Rodgers 5.7 1 -1 -1 0 -1
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Dalvin Cook 13.8 20 90 4.5 0 16
Alexander Mattison 3.6 8 36 4.5 0 10
Receiving
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
AJ Dillon 20.1 6 5 46 7.7 0
Aaron Jones 10.6 5 3 27 5.4 0
Romeo Doubs 8.8 5 4 37 7.4 0
Robert Tonyan 6.6 5 3 36 7.2 0
Christian Watson 6.1 4 2 34 8.5 0
Josiah Deguara 4.8 2 2 28 14 0
Sammy Watkins 4.8 3 3 18 6 0
Randall Cobb 3.4 3 2 14 4.7 0
Juwann Winfree 2.7 1 1 17 17 0
Tyler Davis 1.3 1 1 3 3 0
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Justin Jefferson 42.4 11 9 184 16.7 2
Dalvin Cook 13.8 5 3 18 3.6 0
Adam Thielen 6.6 4 3 36 9 0
Johnny Mundt 4.7 3 3 17 5.7 0
K.J. Osborn 4.4 4 3 14 3.5 0
C.J. Ham 1.6 1 1 6 6 0
Ben Ellefson 1.2 1 1 2 2 0
Irv Smith Jr. 0 2 0 0 0 0

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