Packers: Tom Oates gives Green Bay overall grade of ‘D’ in home loss to Minnesota
Brett Hundley’s passes are almost always released a tick late, which happened on his first-half interception in the red zone. Hundley’s big plays come with his feet, not his arm. It’s hard to run when defenses don’t respect the pass. Considering the right side of the line was new, the pass protection wasn’t bad.
Holding Minnesota to 114 first-half yards was a product of hard-nosed play. Josh Hawkins was no match for Stefon Diggs. He was forced to take a 39-yard pass interference penalty on a deep ball to Diggs because he was beaten so badly. Kenny Clark, already good against the run, had two sacks and a quarterback hurry.
Special teams: C-minus
Justin Vogel opened with a 23-yard punt. On a frigid night, Vogel alternated good punts with bad punts all game long. Welcome to Lambeau Field in December, Justin, get used to it. Trevor Davis had plenty of chances for big returns but was never able to break anything substantial. The Packers covered well, as usual.
Some hoped Mike McCarthy would open things up for Brett Hundley with nothing on the line. Umm, no. Hundley was 3-for-5 for 9 yards in the first quarter. The lateral to Randall Cobb after putting him in motion should be scrubbed from the playbook. Dom Capers’ defense twice had 12 men on the field; not a good look.
Give the Packers credit for one thing, they showed up ready to compete, especially on defense. However, their offense could do nothing against Minnesota’s elite defense and the Vikings’ 10-0 halftime lead was basically insurmountable. With a 7-8 record and a brutal injury list, this season can’t get over fast enough.