Yesterday's Vikings at Packers game was delightful. At first I was fearing for the worst due to the special teams blunder where a blocked punt set up the Vikings at the GB 1-yard-line, but surprisingly the defense pulled off a goal line stand and held the purple ones to a FG. Then things quickly turned for the best with a kickoff return TD, followed by an INT return TD right afterwards. At that point in the game it was 14-3 Packers, with both teams combined having accumulated a mere 12 yards of offense.
The Packers defense played exceptionally well in this beatdown of the Vikings. They had four takeaways and allowed the rest of the team to score 41 unanswered points before garbage time allowed Minnesota to get a couple of pity TDs. The offense around Aaron Rodgers didn't do so well, had its up and downs throughout the game, but it has been much worse this season, so I'll just take it. Nowadays a good A-Rod game has him throw for 200 yards and 2 TDs with no INTs; the days of 300 yards with 3 to 5 TDs aren't going to come back, I think. But... the Packers have the best RB duo they've ever had during Rodgers' tenure as GB's starter, so success isn't solely dependent on him anymore.
The best news: The Commanders lost again, so Green Bay doesn't need help anymore. While the Packers moved up only one spot in the NFC ranking this week and hold the ninth seed currently, the tie-breaker rules actually grant them the best playoff chances among them, the Seahawks and the Lions. The Packers have win-and-in, the Seahawks need to win + GB loss, the Lions need to win + SEA loss.
The Packers can win a home game against the Lions, but I obviously don't expect it to be as easy as it was against the Vikings. The Vikings' -19 point differential on the season must be the worst mark a 12-4 team has ever had in the NFL.