Sports : Monday, September 19th, 2016
The Packers couldn’t overcome three turnovers and a sluggish offensive performance in a 17-14 loss to the Minnesota VIkings Sunday night in the first regular season game at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Green Bay opened the scoring with 5:39 left in the 1st quarter, as Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a five yard touchdown pass. Minnesota grabbed a 10-7 lead at halftime on a touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Kyle Rudolph and a 46 yard Blair Walsh field goal. The Vikings extended their lead to 17-7 in the third on a 25 yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Aaron Rodgers pulled the Packers within 17-14 on a 10 yard touchdown run early in the 4th, but Rodgers was intercepted by Trae Waynes on 3rd & 14 with 1:56 to play in the game to seal the win for Minnesota. Rodgers finished 20 of 36 for 213 yards one touchdown and one interception. Eddie Lacy had 12 carries for 50 yards and Jordy Nelson had five catches for 73 yards and a score. The Packers lost two fumbles and Rodgers was sacked five times in the loss. The Vikings lost star running back Adrian Peterson to a knee injury in the third quarter.
The Packers host the Lions on Sunday, 10am pregame, 12 noon kickoff on KFIZ.
Elsewhere in the NFC North on Sunday…
The Detroit Lions lost 16-15 to the Tennessee Titans in their home opener at Ford Field. Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to push Tennessee ahead, including the winning score, a 9 yard pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 to play in the game. Perrish Cox of the Titans intercepted Matthew Stafford with 28 seconds left to seal the win. The Lions visi Green Bay next Sunday, a 12 noon kickoff.
The Bears host the Eagles on Monday Night Football tonight. The Bears are 0-1 after a week one loss to the Texans, while Philadelphia comes in at 1-0 after defeating Cleveland in their season opener. We’ll have the game tonight on KFIZ, coverage beginning at 7pm after “In The Huddle”.
In College Football, Wisconsin climbs two spots to number 10 in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll, but falls two spots to number 11 in the Associated Press top 25. In the AP poll, Alabama remains in the top spot with Ohio State at number 2, Louisville at number 3, Michigan at four and Clemson at 5. Houston, Stanford, Michigan State, Washington and Texas A&M round out the top 10.
The game time for the Badgers Big Ten opener at number 8 Michigan State was announced on Saturday. The Badgers and Spartans will kickoff at 11am this Saturday. Pregame coverage will begin at 9am on KFIZ.
The Brewers won 3-1 over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, taking three out of four games in the series. Milwaukee got RBI singles from Martin Maldonado and Willy Peralta in the 2nd inning to build a 2-0 lead. Chris Carter added his 36th home run of the season in the 8th. Peralta earned his 7th victory of the season, giving up 9 hits, but only one run. The Brewers handed Kyle Hendricks, the major league’s ERA leader his 8th loss of the season. His ERA is at 2.06. The Brewers are off today, and open the final homestand of the season on Tuesday against Pittsburgh.