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Rodgers, Packers cruise past Vikings, 44-31

The Packers went out of the Metrodome in a big way on Sunday night.
The Packers went out of the Metrodome in a big way on Sunday night, defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 44-31.

Green Bay has now won four games in a row, and improves to 5-2 on the season.  They lead the Detroit Lions by a half game in the NFC North.

Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect, completing 24 of 29 passes for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Jordy Nelson hauled in seven passes for 123 yards and a pair of scores, including a 75 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter which gave the Packers the lead for good.

Eddie Lacy had 94 yards on 29 carries, as Green Bay dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for over 40 minutes to just over 19 for the Vikings.

Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson had just 13 carries in the contest, for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Both teams scored special teams touchdowns.  Minnesota rookie Cordarelle Patterson ran back the opening kickoff 109 yards for a score, while Packers rookie Micah Hyde had a 94 yard punt return touchdown to give Green Bay a 24-10 lead.

Greg Jennings, who spent 7 seasons in Green Bay before signing with the Vikings as a free agent, had just 1 reception for 9 yards in his first game against his old team. 

The Vikings are now 1-6 on the season.

Green Bay returns to action next Monday night when they welcome the Chicago Bears to Lambeau Field.

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