Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFC North columnist jclombardi reports Packers beat Vikings surviving big day for Vikings "Beast" RB Peterson. With the "Windy Carp" Bears loss to the Seahawks, the division lead is the Packers who next face bottom dwelling Lions.  

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The Packers suffered through sloppy plays, two injuries to WR Nelson and RT Lang, and the "Vikings beast Peterson" to squeeze out a big "Black & Blue" division win against the fading Minnesota Vikings 23-14. With a balanced "grind-it-out" offensive game plan with mixed success, the Packers used the running back committee of James Starks and Alex Green to get 124 rushing yards on 27 carries.

Meanwhile, Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 for 286 yards and 1 touchdown attacking the middle zone in the Vikings defense using no-huddle offense to defeat Cover-2 defense. Although the 3-1 short-yardage game plan calling failed for three straight series in the first half, the final offensive drive lasting 11 minutes for a field goals did put the game away. Meanwhile, by default, right tackle Don Barclay did a good job replacing injured veteran offensive lineman T. J. Lang. When he returns, he belongs in his regular left guard position. Wide receiver Greg Jennings looked good in his return, especially when wide receiver Nelson left the game with a hamstring injury.

With big plays on the offense and defense controlling the tempo in the Packers favor throughout the game, the highlights included WR James Jones' great touchdown catch, running back James Stark's sweep touchdown run, and safety Burgess' two big interceptions to stop Vikings red zone drives. ith timely scrambling throughout the game, Later, the Chicago loss to the Seahawks in OT gave the division lead to the Packers. Next Sunday night game, the Packers to face the Detroit Lions on prime time television.  

COMMENTARY: Although naive and johnnies come lately, Packers sites finally are recognizing what rookie safety McMillian realized that something fishy is going on with the officiating in Packers close games. Fans saw the tacky one-sided offensive holding calls including one to cancel out a great football catch and run by WR Jones and the outrageous cornerback Williams helmet call against the Packers, while the Vikings got away with bloody nasty behaviors including in the pocket trying to hurt QB Rodgers and or hit him out-of-bounds with no official calls. Remember, scumbag bottom dwellers eventually lose, but they will try to cause physical injuries to get personnel hurt and to get the Packers knocked out of the playoffs, e.g. remember Lions Suh?   Next, the Packers face another Suh Gate game before the big Bears game to win the division and get the first round bye.  Go Pack!