5 biggest Vikings wins over the Packers during the Mike Zimmer era

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
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2018 Season: Week 12

  • Vikings – 24
  • Packers – 17

This was one of Kirk Cousins‘ best games as a Viking, and by far his best against the Packers. Cousins was 29-of-38 passing for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He tremendously outdueled Aaron Rodgers in this contest, who was only 17-of-28 for 194 yards and one touchdown.

Cousins had a great game largely because of the dynamic duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who combined for 16 receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

This game was back and forth the entire way, with each team trading touchdowns until the fourth quarter, when a Thielen touchdown at the beginning of the quarter was answered by a Mason Crosby field goal to make the score 24-17 in favor of the Vikings.

No team would score for the remainder of the contest, and Minnesota would hold on to win and improve their record to 6-4-1. The Vikings tied Green Bay earlier in the 2018 season, largely due to kicker Daniel Carlson having a meltdown (Minnesota kickers, am I right?).

This win continued a winning streak in the series for the Vikings, who had not lost to Green Bay since Christmas Eve 2016 and would eventually lose in Week 2 of the 2019 campaign, snapping a nearly three-year run.

While these wins are fun to remember, nothing is ever as big as the next game. A win this week against the Packers would crack this list for the time being.