Notebook: Pressure on for Patriots game

The Vikings' struggles in the first two months of the season leave them knowing there is pressure to win soon and often during their final 10 games. Plus, get three dozen notes that help tell the tale of the game.

Kevin Williams said the Patriots game has turned into a must-win game, just as the Packers felt Sunday's game was a must-win after losing two straight games in overtime.

"It would be devastating to be 2-5, but we never thought we'd be 2-4, either. We have to keep fighting and get one win at a time and try to crawl out of this hole," Williams said.

  • In his first trip to Lambeau Field as a Viking, Favre had a passer rating of 128.6. In Sunday's loss, he had a passer rating of 50.2.

  • After having a huge yardage disparity for much of the game, the Vikings ended up winning the yardage battle. The Vikings gained 402 yards (206 passing, 196 rushing), while Green Bay totaled 379 yards (295 passing, 85 rushing).

  • In two games last year, the Vikings had 14 sacks of Aaron Rodgers. He wasn't sacked Sunday.

  • The Vikings defense has just six sacks in six games.

  • For a heated division rivalry, it was a pretty clean game. The Vikings had six penalties for 40 yards, while Green Bay was flagged just twice for 20 yards, and one of those was a questionable sideline push-out on Harvin by Nick Collins that was ruled a late hit.

  • Rodgers won the individual battle with Favre Sunday. Rodgers completed 21 of 34 passes for 295 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 84.9. Favre completed 16 of 29 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown, three picks and a passer rating of 50.4.

  • The Vikings gashed the Packers run defense for a whopping 196 yards on 36 carries – an average of 5.4 yards per attempt. Peterson rushed 28 times for 131 yards, Harvin had 41 yards on three carries and rookie Toby Gerhart carried five times for 24 yards.

  • As a team, the Packers had just 84 yards rushing on 23 carries.

  • Donald Driver had a streak of 139 straight games (including playoffs) with at least one reception snapped Sunday night.

  • Both teams punted just twice Sunday night.

  • Peterson had just three 100-yard rushing games last season. He has three through his first six games this season and has 80 or more rushing yards in all but one game.

  • Randy Moss was quiet once again. He scored a touchdown, but caught just three passes for 30 yards and didn't even acknowledge reporters asked to talk to him after the game.

  • Green Bay didn't have a three-and-out drive until its first drive of the second half.

  • The first half was a tale of two very different offensive approaches. The Packers had 268 yards in the first half, 227 of those coming off the arm of Rodgers and just 41 from its rushing game (11 of those coming on a Rodgers scramble). The Vikings had 200 yards in the first half, 130 on the ground and just 70 through the air.

  • The Vikings had 21 rushes in the first half and just 11 passes. In the second half, the Vikings passed 19 times and rushed 15 times.

  • Peterson was steady throughout the game. In the first half, he rushed 14 times for the 68 yards. In the second half, he rushed 14 times for 63 yards.

  • Visanthe Shiancoe caught three passes in the first half (four if you count the touchdown he is convinced he caught, but was overturned on review), He didn't have a catch in the second half and was targeted just once.

  • Bernard Berrian had one catch for 30 yards Sunday, bringing his six-game total for the season to seven catches for 72 yards.

  • How dismal are Berrian's numbers? Tight end Jim Kleinsasser has eight catches for 83 yards.

  • Credit needs to be given to the Packers for making challenges at the right time. Mike McCarthy made two challenges and both of them took Vikings touchdowns off the board (the challenge of the potential game-winning Harvin TD was a booth review). The Vikings turned the first Harvin challenged TD into a score on a 1-yard run by Peterson. The Shiancoe TD eventually became a field goal and those four points were the difference between a seven-point halftime and a three-point lead … and also the difference between being tied 28-28 late and losing 28-24.

  • The Packers faked a field goal attempt and had holder Matt Flynn (the backup quarterback for the Packers) throw a pass on fourth down. He had tight end Andrew Quarless open, but he fell chasing down the ball and the pass fell incomplete. It was a play that was well-designed, but the execution left something to be desired.

  • The Packers offense drove into Vikings territory on each its five drives in the first half.

  • On his first seven completions of the game, Rodgers gained 175 yards – an average per completion of a gaudy 25 yards each.

  • The Packers second touchdown of the game came on the first TD catch of TE Andrew Quarless. The ball appeared to bobble when he hit the ground, but the Vikings didn't challenge the play.

  • The Packers needed just 1:17 to drive 79 yards to take a 14-7 lead, as Rodgers completed passes of 32 yards to Jones and 36 yards to Jackson on the first two plays of the drive and, seven seconds into the second quarter, hit Quarless for the touchdown.

  • The Packers dominated the first-quarter statistics. Green Bay gained 200 yards in the quarter (166 passing, 34 rushing), as opposed to 58 for the Vikings (43 rushing, 15 passes).

  • The Packers gashed the Vikings defense in the first quarter. They had eight plays of 10 yards or more in the quarter, four of 20 or more and three of 32 or more.

  • The first time the Vikings cross midfield was thanks to a 48-yard kickoff return by Percy Harvin. Seven plays later, Harvin would cap with the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:11 to play in the first quarter.

  • Harvin's touchdown in the first quarter was the first rushing touchdown of his career.

  • On the first scoring drive of the game, Rodgers was on fire, moving the Packers 76 yards on just four plays, opening the drive with a 24-yard pass to Jennings and, one play later, catching the Vikings in a blitz and completing a 45-yard strike to the 1-yard line. From there, Brandon Jackson took the ball in for a touchdown.

  • The Vikings made the scoring drive easier for the Packers. With the ball on the 1-yard line, Pat Williams shot through the gap for a 3-yard loss, but the play was negated because the Vikings were called for an illegal substitution, putting the ball back inside the 1-yard line.

  • In their first two possessions, the Vikings held the ball for just over three minutes – they took the opening kick and held the ball for just 2 minutes, 4 seconds. Their second drive lasted just 59 seconds.

  • On their first drive of the game, the Packers drove deep into Vikings territory, as Rodgers completed a pair of passes for 29 yards and scrambled for 11 more. But, with the ball on the Vikings 12-yard line, Rodgers tried to set up a screen, but Jared Allen intercepted the short dump off – his third career interception.

  • With his start Sunday night, Favre broke the all-time NFL record for most career starts in one stadium with 119 – breaking a tie he had held with John Elway, who started 118 games at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

  • Moss got things started early, putting up his hand to hear to get the crowd boo him louder when the team came out for pregame warm-ups.

  • The paid attendance was 71,107 – the third largest crowd in Lambeau Field regular-season history.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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