The talk of the town and the league all last week, rookie Samkon Gado had nowhere to run against the Vikings. Gado, who rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons in Green Bay's 33-25 win, had just seven yards on 10 carries. Tony Fisher, who returned after missing the last two games with a broken rib, was held to 14 yards on four carries.
In short, the Vikings front line that consists of defensive ends Erasmus James and Darrion Scott, and tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams created havoc all night, holding Green Bay to a single-game season-low rushing total.
"Tonight they just beat us," said Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher. "I give them credit. I think their defense totally out-played us."
The Packers had just 15 total yards rushing in the first half and only six in the second half. Minnesota held the Packers to 45 yards rushing in Green Bay's 23-20 loss Oct. 23 at the Metrodome. That was the Packers' previous rushing low of the season until Monday night.
Of course, the Packers didn't have the ball much in the second half. Green Bay only had five series in the second half. Near the end of the game, the offense passed often because it was playing from behind.
"They were just ready for the running game," said Gado. "It could have been anyone. Maybe another running back would have been better, but I don't think they were ready specifically for me. I don't think that would have made a difference. My success is not all me. It's predicated on how well the offensive line is playing. If you're able to plug up the holes, it doesn't matter who is back there. Nothing is going to happen."
Gado was benched in the third quarter after fumbling the ball on his first carry. It was his third fumble in the past two games, but was recovered by Vonta Leach. On the next series, Fisher, who was playing on third downs, took over on first down.
"Certainly the fumble didn't help much," Sherman said. "But we weren't having any success running the ball. It's not a knock at Gado, but there weren't a lot of opportunities to run the ball."