MN Vikes Turn A Deeper Color of Purple, Get Throttled By Packers 45-7 To Remain Perfect On The Season

Aaron Rodgers continued on his march to league MVP honors, with chants from the crowd at Lambeau Field of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" Even though the undefeated Packers needed him on Monday night, it was the Packers defense that stepped up big time! The NFL's reigning champions improved to 9-0 for the fourth time in the franchise's illustrious history, their three previous 9-0 starts spawned NFL titles by overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 45-7 to sweep the border war for the second straight year. Green Bay extended its franchise-best winning streak, which includes last year's run to Super Bowl XLV, to 15 games.

On a perfect 16-0 regular season. "We try to go 1-0 every week," said Rodgers. "We've got nine of them right now banked, and we're going to try to get 10 this Sunday" Rodgers completed 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns. He extended his single-season NFL record by notching his ninth consecutive game with a passer rating exceeding 110.0 (140.3), while breaking Brett Favre's team mark by throwing at least two TDs for the ninth consecutive game. Rodgers is on pace to threaten several league marks for one season, including passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and passer rating and not that he's focusing on any of them. And this is why I like Mr. Rodgers so much, when he stated; "We're thinking about winning our division and getting a home playoff game, and all that other stuff will take care of itself."

"I don't even know what passer rating means," said Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen, who reclaimed the league sack lead (13.5) by bagging Rodgers once. "I don't know how to calculate that. It sounds like a high number, though. The dude killed it, what do you want me to say?"

Green Bay was in this one before Rodgers even touched the ball. The Packers grabbed a 7-0 lead when rookie Randall Cobb reached the end zone with an 80-yard punt return after the Vikings went three-and-out on the game-opening drive. Rodgers' scoring strikes to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson helped build the lead to 24-0 early in the third quarter. Nelson, who had the first two-TD game of his four-year career. "It's an honor and a privilege, and we're just enjoying every minute of it right now."

Minnesota's only score came later in the third period when Cobb muffed a punt to give the Vikings (2-7) possession at the Green Bay 14-yard line. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson ran it in from 3 yards out. The 30th-ranked Packers defense that has elicited criticism, including from within the team's own locker room, turned in one of its strongest efforts of the season, surrendering just 266 yards. While the Packers had 356 yards and only had to punt twice.

Green Bay now owns a three-game lead in the NFC North and maintained a one-game edge on the San Francisco 49ers for the conference's best record. The Packers have already been installed as a 14½-point favorite over their next opponent, the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losers of their last three. Let's GO! PACK GO! and next week become 10-0.

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