Five takeaways from Vikings game
Aaron Rodgers. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
While I am still celebrating what really was an impressive win by the Green Bay Packers over the Minnesota Vikings, I'm also thinking about five aspects of the game that really stuck with me:
1) Don Barclay need to improve. Dramatically, and soon.
Yes, the Vikings possess a good defensive line, but Aaron Rodgers was running for his life far too often and, yes, it was on Barclay's side.
Offensive line coach James Campen needs to work with Barclay on his technique and speed.
Somehow the Packers have to find a way to give him some help in his job until he can either handle it the majority of the time or Derek Sherrod can be brought in to see if that's an upgrade.
2) James Starks and Eddie Lacy as a running back combo are scary good.
Lacy had more (!) yards than Adrian Peterson, and Starks was not all that far behind AP, on relatively few carries.
Please, football gods, for the love of Vince Lombardi, please let both of them stay healthy.
3) Micah Hyde really came into his own on punt returns. Johnathan Franklin did not on kick returns.
I think Hyde should be doing both.
He seemed sure handed, he's fast and he looks downfield for opportunities.
Franklin seemed tentative and not ready for prime time, or Sunday afternoons for that matter.
4) Aaron Rodgers better start remembering how to slide, and not have the entire defensive and offensive teams shoving him around at the field goal like he is the football and not the quarterback holding the football.
That, or we're going to be hearing the name Seneca Wallace a lot.
While I'm sure he's a fine man, I do not ever want to see him take a snap in a game for the Green Bay Packers unless the Packers are winning by a proverbial boatload of points.
5) Our rookies are a revelation.
Jamari Lattimore is impressive on defensive, and Jarrett Boykin, after a shaky start has come into his own.
Add to that the aforementioned Eddie Lacy and Micah Hyde, not to mention Datone Jones (despite that idiotic personal foul he committed) among others and it's clear that Ted Thompson did a fine job of choosing the incoming class of Packers this year.
Overall, even though the Vikings are simply not a very good football team, I still feel the Packers gained in strength and confidence with this victory and there were many good things to take away from the game, as well as areas of improvement.
Keep up the good work gentlemen.
Oh, and Ted, pay Jordy Nelson lots and lots of money. Soon.