Aaron Jones - Packers vs. Vikings

Green Bay running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 34 yards Sunday in the Packers' 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Wisconsin State Journal columnist Tom Oates grades the Green Bay Packers' performance in their 21-16 win over the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Offense: C-plus

After 16 minutes, the Packers had a 21-0 lead and a perfect grade, but they couldn't maintain it. Aaron Jones provided the running game the Packers need. Davante Adams was hot early and gave the Packers a 100-yard receiver to go with a 100-yard rusher. Aaron Rodgers had a perfect passer rating after three possessions.

Defense: B

The defense allowed three big plays for 181 of the Vikings' 421 yards, but held Minnesota time and again in the fourth quarter. Kevin King's end-zone interception saved the game. Preston Smith did a bit of everything, including an interception. Jaire Alexander had three chances for interceptions but ended with none.

Special teams: B-minus

JK Scott was so-so for three quarters but was brilliant on his three punts in the fourth. In the first two games, he has become a weapon, especially in the clutch. Tony Brown blocked a rare 43-yard extra-point attempt by coming in off the corner and laying out. Mason Crosby was perfect: Four kickoffs, four touchbacks.

Coaching: B-minus

Matt LaFleur's creative 20-play script couldn't be stopped. LaFleur should have realized what was happening on the fourth-and-1 blunder and called a timeout. Any play that calls for Jimmy Graham to pass-block Danielle Hunter is doomed. Mike Pettine played his base defense extensively and still couldn't stop the run.

Overall: B

The offense was only good for a quarter and the defense had to win the game for the second consecutive week, but the Packers are now 2-0 and have beaten Chicago and Minnesota, their two biggest rivals in the NFC North Division. The Packers are set up for success, especially if they start putting complete games together.

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Contact Tom Oates at toates@madison.com


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