Good, bad and ugly from Packers’ 34-31 loss to Vikings in Week 11

The Green Bay Packers missed too many opportunities and lost to a good football team on the road Sunday in Minnesota.

A dominant second-half performance from the Packers offense wasn’t enough to overcome a sloppy first half – highlighted by penalties and a missed field goals – and a handful of missed chances to take the ball away from Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The end result? A walk-off field goal for the Vikings and a 34-31 loss to a divisional rival at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from the Packers’ Week 11 defeat:

The Good

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Passing game comes alive: Not counting the one-snap kneeldown series to end the first half, the Packers scored on four consecutive possessions to end the game, including three straight in the second half. The passing game got red hot and stayed hot. Aaron Rodgers, after a slow start, threw a touchdown pass on all four possessions. In the second half, the three-time MVP completed 10 of 11 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard, game-tying touchdown to Marquez Valdes-Scantling late in the fourth quarter. Four different players had a catch over 20 yards, and Rodgers averaged 11.7 yards per attempt. Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams both went over 100 yards receiving. When Rodgers plays in rhythm from clean pockets, he looks like the 2020 NFL MVP. The Packers need Rodgers and the passing game to catch fire down the stretch, and this was a great start.

The Bad

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Pass defense: The Packers’ ascending defense crashed back to Earth on Sunday. Kirk Cousins threw for 341 yards and three scores, and Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen combined for 251 receiving yards. The Packers had at least five chances at takeaways but couldn’t finish plays. In fact, Darnell Savage had a legitimate shot at three different picks, including what could have been the game’s biggest play on the final drive. The missed turnovers ended up…


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