Vikings takeaway No. 4
Minnesota clamped down.
The Minnesota Vikings did a great job of moving the chains. They picked up 11 of their 19 tries on third or fourth down while picking up 24 total first downs compared to only 16 for the Green Bay Packers.
One of the craziest stats from this game is how Minnesota only allowed one rushing first down on the day. Not only that, but the Packers only converted six of their 18 attempts on third or fourth down against the Vikings.
A third-quarter interception on third down by Josh Metellus came at a big time during the game when momentum could have swayed. Plus, the pass rush got to Jordan Love four times, sacking him for a loss of 33 yards.
Minnesota held Green Bay to 270 total yards of offense and 4.4 yards per pass attempt. After watching last year's defense, seeing this type of execution under defensive coordinator Brian Flores is quite a refreshing change.