Sunday 18 March 2018 / 06:57 AM

Packers crush Vikings in statement win

It seems like every time I recommend Thursday Night Football as one of my games of the week that it winds up being a blowout.

My bad.

Green Bay made a statement last night on national television to let everyone know that the Pack is Back and hot on the heels of the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

The 42-10 win was over by halftime, when the score was 28-0 and Christian Ponder had already thrown a pick-6 to Julius Peppers.

Look at Peppers’ huge grin as he enjoys his first (and probably last) Lambeau Leap.

Ponder, who played in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater, was pretty awful on the night. He completed just 22 of 44 passes without a touchdown throw, and two of his miscues went for interceptions. The one bright spot on the night was a rushing touchdown in garbage time.

But you can’t simply blame the third-string quarterback for the loss as the Viking defence gave up another five scores to boot. Three came through the air as Aaron Rodgers was an incredibly efficient 12 of 17 for 3 TDs.

All of his touchdown passes came in the first half.

Eddie Lacy also finally got things going in what’s thus far been a very disappointing season.

Just one week after running wild on the Atlanta Falcons, the Vikings looked like a team that was unable to compete. This seems to be the theme for the 2014 NFL season as week-in, week-out we see a number of clubs flip-flopping between unstoppable juggernaut and steamy dog turd.

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