Cook’s 4 TD’s Lead Vikings to Win at Lambeau
Minnesota 28, Green Bay 22
–In a battle of some of the NFL’s top offensive weapons, the Vikings rode running back Dalvin Cook and his four total touchdowns to victory, as they outdueled Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with each team scoring twice and battling to a 14-14 halftime tie.
The Packers got the scoring started, taking the opening kickoff and marching 75 yards in 13 plays to take the lead on a five-yard touchdown from Rodgers to Adams with 7:01 to play. Minnesota then used a 10-play, 73 yard drive, capped by a 21 yard touchdown run by Cook to make it a 7-7 game with under a minute left in the first quarter.
The second quarter was much the same as the first – with Green Bay getting a one-yard pass from Rodgers to Adams to make the score 14-7, capping a 15-play, 72 yard drive. Cook then scored from one yard out to tie the score at 14 with 31 seconds left in the first half.
The third quarter belonged to the Vikings, who took control of the game with a short touchdown run by Cook and a 50 yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Cook to take a 28-14 lead.
Both teams would remain scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, when Rodgers connected with Adams for a third time – this one for a seven yard score. A two-point conversion run by Jamaal Williams was ruled successful following a booth review, and the score was 28-22 with just over two minutes left.
The Packers would force a punt, and got to the Minnesota 41 yard line on the ensuing drive – but Rodgers was hit and fumbled on a 2nd & 10 play and the game ended with the Packers on the losing end of the scoreboard.
Passing: Aaron Rodgers – 27/41, 291 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Jamaal Williams – 16 carries, 75 yards, 0 TD
Receiving: Robert Tonyan – 5 catches, 79 yards, 0 TD; Davante Adams – 7 catches, 53 yards, 3 TD
Passing: Kirk Cousins – 11/14, 160 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Dalvin Cook – 30 carries, 163 yards, 3 TD
Receiving: Dalvin Cook – 2 catches, 63 yards, 1 TD
Green Bay drops to 5-2 and has a short week, travelling to San Francisco on Thursday night. Minnesota improves to 2-5 on the season and hosts Detroit on Sunday.
Other NFC North Action:
New Orleans 26, Chicago 23 (OT)
–Wil Lutz kicked the game-winning 35 yard field goal with 1:36 left in overtime to lift the Saints past the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago scored 10 points in the final 3:32 of regulation to send the game to the extra period. Drew Brees and Nick Foles each threw for a pair of touchdowns in the game for their respective teams. The Bears drop to 5-3 with the loss and visit Tennessee on Sunday.
Indianapolis 41, Detroit 21
–Phillip Rivers threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns as the Colts blew out the Lions in Detroit. Matthew Stafford tossed three touchdowns of his own in the loss for Detroit. The Lions fall to 3-4 on the season and visit Minnesota on Sunday.