The Green Bay Packers disappointed Cheeseheads once again when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football by a score of 20 - 17. The loss was the second time this year that the Pack would become victims of the Vikes by a last-second field goal by Paul Edinger. The loss leaves the Pack with a 2 - 8 record in 2005 and in last place in the North division.
The Packers jumped out to a 14 - 7 halftime lead behind a couple of nice touchdown passes from Brett Favre to Donald Driver. Troubling though was the fact that the Pack could not establish any kind of a running attack against the Vikings. Last week's hero, Samkon Gado, was rendered ineffective as was Tony Fischer throughout this game as the offensive line could not create any space to get the running backs going.
Aaron Kampman led the defense that once again played tough, at least for a while. The Packers sacked Viking QB Brad Johnson 5 times. In the second half, however, the Packer offense became dysfunctional. The coaching adjustments that should have been made at halftime weren't there on Monday night. Three and out, three and out, three and out and an interception is not a formula for second half success. Leaving the defense on the field too long is never a good idea. The Packer defense tired and soon could not stop the Vikings' rushing attack.
Late in the fourth quarter the Vikings were able to move into a position to win this game on a 36-yard blown-coverage play to set up the winning field goal by Edinger. It was a bad night for the Pack. Jason Horton appeared to blow the big play, but there was lots of blame to share.
The Packers generated a total of 59 yards of offense during the second half of the game which is totally unprofessional. Mike Sherman must address the running game which generated a grand total of twenty-one total rushing yards. That is embarrassing and totally unacceptable.
Mercifully for Cheeseheads, only 6 games remain in this miserable season. Next week the Pack travels to Philly to play the Eagles in the late game. The Eagles lost their fine quarterback to an injury and have their Terrell Owens problem. Their problems are severe but their record is much better than the Pack's. They have a talented team and I suspect the Pack will be huge underdogs on the road against the Eagles, having just lost to the Vikings at home.
The fact is that the Packers just do not have enough talented playmakers on their injury-depleted offense to consistently win this year"¦so Cheeseheads will have to wait for next year. Such is the reality of the outcome from Monday night football.