Grading the game: Packers

From average to poor to failure, none of the different aspects of the Vikings' game on Sunday received good reviews. Some area were more atrocious than others.

PASSING OFFENSE: D — Sidney Rice's return was expected to give the Vikings a much-needed spark in this area. It didn't happen. Rice caught three passes for 56 yards and was targeted 10 times by Brett Favre. Favre, however, had another subpar game as he completed 17 of 38 passes for 208 yards with an interception and a 51.2 passer rating. Favre now has a season-high 17 interceptions, having added to that total when Packers cornerback Tramon Williams jumped the route of a ball intended for wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin caught only two passes for 12 yards, his least productive day since he had one reception for 12 yards in the season opener at New Orleans.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus — After gaining a season-low 51 yards rushing the previous week at Chicago, Adrian Peterson went for 72 yards on 14 carries. The Vikings gained 93 yards on 18 attempts, making it the sixth time this season Minnesota has been held under 100 yards as a team. Peterson has had three 100-yard games this season but none in the past four behind an offensive line that has now lost right guard Anthony Herrera to a knee injury.

PASS DEFENSE: F — It doesn't get much worse than this. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent the day picking on rookie cornerback Chris Cook and second-year corner Asher Allen. The result was a 301-yard passing day that included four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 141.3 passer rating. Greg Jennings caught seven passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Cook gave up a 47-yard completion to Jennings, a 39-yard completion to James Jones and a 3-yard touchdown catch by Jones. Allen was burned for touchdowns of 46 and 22 yards that went to Jennings. Cook was benched for the second time in as many games against the Packers this season and replaced by Frank Walker in the nickel defense in the second half.

RUSH DEFENSE: C — This area of the defense was not the Vikings' problem as the Packers gained 91 yards on 30 carries. Of course, why would Green Bay have had to worry about its run game when its aerial attack was so effective? Rodgers not only had a big day with his arm, but he also added three scrambles for 21 yards, including a 15-yard gain. After the game, members of the Vikings' defensive line expressed their frustration with the secondary because they felt they had gotten adequate pressure on Rodgers and did their job against the run.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C — Ryan Longwell made a 24-yard field-goal attempt and had a 51-yarder taken away in the third quarter because of a holding penalty on tight end Jim Kleinsasser. The Vikings didn't get much production out of the rest of their special teams, as Greg Camarillo returned one punt for five yards and Percy Harvin averaged 17.3 yards on four kickoff returns. Punter Chris Kluwe's gross average of 41.6 yards on five punts was his second-lowest total of the season, and his 39.4 net average was third lowest.

COACHING: F — In a game that was needed to save their season, the Vikings were beaten by 28 points at home by their biggest rival. That alone earns this grade. The fact several players slammed their helmets as they came to the sideline and there were at least three confrontations on the sideline, including Favre refusing to talk to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after an interception, was a sign that chaos officially had taken over in Minnesota. Yes, the players are the ones losing these games, but Brad Childress and Co. didn't help matters, and Childress lost his job Monday.


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