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Instant analysis: Diggs, defense star in Vikings win over Packers

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings went all out on pomp and circumstance to open their new stadium including a giant ship that shot flames, Bud Grant on the Viking horn, an orchestra playing “Purple Rain” at halftime and on-field interviews with Fran Tarkenton and Cris Carter. On the field, there weren’t very many fireworks, but the Vikings slowed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ offense to a halt in a 17-14 win to improve to 2-0 on the year.

– Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards for the second straight week and is emerging as a go-to target and legit star. He did everything the Vikings could have dreamed of, including running after the catch on short routes, going deep for a 44-yarder then out-battling a corner on a touchdown catch. On the final drive of the game, Diggs capped his brilliant night by drawing an interference penalty on third down to essentially end the game.

– The Vikings’ defensive line was dominant all night. In the first half, the D caused two fumbles and allowed just 3.9 Yards Per Attempt to Rodgers and only 2.4 Yards Per Carry to Packers runners. The Minnesota pass rush caused a huge fumble with 6:53 left and spent the night proving that they are one of the best units in the NFL. Overall the Packers ended the night with just 5.9 Yards Per Attempt passing and 3.6 Yards Per Carry. Rodgers finished with a 70.7 Quarterback Rating.

– One of the biggest storylines of the week was young cornerback Trae Waynes subbing for injured veteran Xavier Rhodes. Waynes had a tough night, but came through with a HUGE interception with 1:50 remaining in the game. He was often targeted including a Jordy Nelson 21-yard catch in the second quarter, then a 39-yard catch by Nelson in the fourth.. Waynes was flagged for pass interference and holding on the same drive in the third. It appeared he was benched after that as Mackenzie Alexander took over. Alexander, who only played two plays in Week 1, was targeted right away on a Red Zone third down but Rodgers overthrew Nelson. Waynes returned in the fourth and redeemed himself as well as he ever could have imagined.

– Sam Bradford’s night began slowly, but he picked up the pace as the game went along, including hitting a beautiful touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph and the bomb to Stefon Diggs. He would later hit Diggs with a 25-yard touchdown. Both touchdowns were passes Shaun Hill could not have made. Bradford was dinged up with a bruised hand in the second quarter and went to the locker room but he returned and played the rest of the game and showed no ill effects. In the third quarter he went 5-for-5 with 96 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Bradford could not have dreamed of playing a better first game, finishing 22-for-31, 286 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The post Instant analysis: Diggs, defense star in Vikings win over Packers appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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