It was quite the second half in this season’s first installment of the NFC North rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Greg Joseph’s 29-yard field goal with no time remaining ultimately gave the Vikings a 34-31 win in the Week 11 showdown to keep the team's division hopes alive.
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Kirk Cousins' stat line was exceptional, but his day would have looked a lot different had the Packers' defense capitalized on multiple opportunities. Cousins had a fumble, an interception called back and two more picks drop out of Darnell Savage’s hands.
Dalvin Cook had to do a lot of the work on his own in Week 11. He racked up 66 of his 86 rushing yards after contact for an average of 3.0 such yards per carry.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
In a battle between two of the best receivers in the NFL, Justin Jefferson came out on top. He hauled in eight of his nine targets for 169 yards and two scores. His second one was a massive conversion on third down due to pure body control.
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Backup center Mason Cole just about single-handedly railroaded the Vikings' offense early in the contest. He allowed four pressures on 37 pass-blocking and was blown up on multiple run plays.
The Vikings struggled mightily to win their one-on-ones for much of the day. D.J. Wonnum had an especially rough outing, notching only one pass-rushing win on 33 such snaps.
While other members of the secondary were getting cooked, Bashaud Breeland put together one of his best performances of the season. He allowed only two catches on five targets for 25 yards, forcing an incompletion to boot.
After one of the worst first halves we’ve seen from Aaron Rodgers all season, he delivered a vintage second-half performance. The problem was that it was almost too good. His 75-yard strike to Marquez Valdes-Scantling gave the Vikings just over two minutes of game time to drive down for the winning score.
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Rodgers went 10-of-11 for 197 yards and three scores in the second half.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s presence brought back the explosive downfield element to the Packers' offense. While he caught only four passes, they resulted in 123 yards and a score. His 18.8-yard average depth of target is a good sign going forward.
Maybe the biggest loss for the Packers in Week 11 didn’t come on the scoreboard. Having one of the best left tackles in the NFL, Elgton Jenkins, go down with what’s feared to be an ACL injury could have massive long-term before exiting.
It was a career day for defensive tackle Kingsley Keke, but his performance was marred by one bad play. Keke racked up three pressures and would have had another had he not made helmet-to-helmet contact with Kirk Cousins on his best pass-rushing rep of the day. The penalty nullified an interception by safety Darnell Savage.
Krys Barnes had a rough day at the office. He missed two of his seven tackle attempts and allowed catches on all three of his targets for 51 yards.
After getting protected for most of the season, the Packers' cornerbacks were picked on in a big way in Week 11. Eric Stokes, Kevin King and Rasul Douglas combined to allow 14 catches on 18 targets for 231 yards and two scores.