Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 8 vs. Green Bay Packers

(Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook /
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) can't make the catch on a long pass against Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris (41) and Eric Kendricks (54) in the third quarter during their football game Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
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More Good Stuff

For only the second time this season, the Minnesota Vikings got a win and everything always feels better after a purple and gold win. Dalvin Cook was amazing on Sunday, but he wasn’t the only one who had a great game against the Packers.

Other good things from Week 8

  • Kendricks was a tackling machine. Another week, another great defensive showing from the Vikings star linebacker. Eric Kendricks had a dozen total tackles on Sunday, with eight of those being solo efforts. He also dropped back into coverage effectively to help the young secondary.
  • Fourth down and red zone efficiency. Minnesota knows what to do when their backs are against the wall. In this game, they reached the red zone twice and scored on both occasions while their lone fourth-down try was successful as well.
  • Ball control. There was one scary moment where it looked like Cook may have fumbled the ball. However, that turned out to be a late Halloween trick. Aside from that incident, this was a game that saw both squads not turn the ball over…well, not until the D.J. Wonnum strip-sack of Aaron Rodgers that iced the contest.
  • Blocking and catching. The job of a tight end is a tough one. They are expected to catch like wide receivers and block like an offensive lineman. Irv Smith Jr. did a great job doing both in this game, despite being called for a bogus penalty for offensive pass interference.