GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(MINNEAPOLIS) - The Green Bay Packers not only lost a game and their perch atop the NFC North on Sunday. They may have lost much more. After quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game with a broken collarbone in the first quarter, backup Brett Hundley could not solve the Minnesota defense. The end result was a 23-10 Vikings win, leaving the teams tied with identical 4-2 records. But while Minnesota has dealt with quarterback issues since Week 1 when starter Sam Bradford was lost because of a nagging knee ailment, these are new challenges for the Packers. Minnesota backup Case Keenum, making his fourth start of the season, was 24-of-38 passing for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception. "Up front again we played really well. No sacks," said Keenum, who started nine games for the Los Angeles Rams last season. "We ran the ball well when needed to, down the field guys were making plays, and when your defense gets three turnovers, it really helps." Hundley, a third-year pro who was hounded by the Vikings' defense for much of the day, finished 18-of-33 passing for 157 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. He was sacked four times. "This was a hard day. All the players that we lost to injury, it was difficult," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "We all understand the magnitude of what Aaron means to our football team. We're going to show up tomorrow. We're going to correct this game. We're going to improve." After a scoreless first quarter, Minnesota led 14-10 at halftime, with 17 of the 24 combined points coming after turnovers. After Hundley replaced Rodgers, his first pass was tipped and intercepted by cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The Vikings took a 7-0 lead after the turnover when Keenum found running back Jerick McKinnon for a 21-yard catch-and-run touchdown. "I thought our guys played with a lot of fight and a lot of heart," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "I thought it was important to win the turnover battle, and just barely we did. "We turned a couple over early and kind of let them get back into the swing of things, but overall it's a good win." On Minnesota's next possession, a McKinnon fumble was returned 63 yards by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews to the Vikings' 18-yard line, giving Hundley a short field. His 14-yard pass to wide receiver Davante Adams knotted the score at 7. "We've been put through a lot of tests in the past," Adams said of the quarterback situation. "We'll bounce back, figure it out, rally. "We've got a lot of faith in Brett. He did a good job today, kind of thrown into the fire. We've just got to keep him up and move forward." The Vikings went up 14-7 to cap an eight-play, 84-yard drive when McKinnon scored on a 3-yard run. But a Keenum interception -- the first thrown by a Vikings quarterback this season -- set up a short Packers drive that ended with Mason Crosby's 26-yard field goal. "We were able to put up 10 points off those two turnovers, but obviously not enough," Matthews said. Kai Forbath kicked a 36-yard field goal on the initial drive of the second half, giving the Vikings a 17-10 lead. He made a 34-yarder on the opening play of the fourth quarter for a 20-10 Minnesota lead and a 53-yarder -- his longest of the season -- with 10:47 left after Hundley's second interception.
NOTES: The teams played the first regular-season game in U.S. Bank Stadium a year ago, with Minnesota prevailing 17-14. Packers WR Jordy Nelson scored the first points in the new stadium, catching a 1-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers. ... Packers CB Quinten Rollins left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. ... Vikings LB Anthony Barr, who delivered the hit on Rodgers, left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and did not return. ... The Packers lost T Bryan Bulaga for the game to a concussion. ... Icelandic actor and strongman Thor Bjornsson, best known for his portrayal of The Mountain on the HBO series Game of Thrones, led Vikings fans in their traditional "Skol" chant before the game.
                         GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                     14            24
Rushes-yards                 24-72        33-112
Net Passing yards              155           239
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     37-20-3       38-24-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             4-20           0-0
Punts-Average               6-43.8        4-38.8
Fumbles                          0             1
Penalties-Yards               8-92          7-65
Time of Possession           27:51         32:09
GREEN BAY -  0   0  10   0   - 10
MINNESOTA -  0  14   3   6   - 23
2nd - MINN - Jerick McKinnon, 27-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
2nd - GB - Davante Adams, 14-yard pass from Brett Hundley (Mason Crosby kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - MINN - McKinnon, 3-yard run (Forbath kick) MINNESOTA 14-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 26-yard field goal MINNESOTA 14-10
3rd - MINN - Forbath, 36-yard field goal MINNESOTA 17-10
4th - MINN - Forbath, 34-yard field goal MINNESOTA 20-10
4th - MINN - Forbath, 53-yard field goal MINNESOTA 23-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Jones 13-41, Ty Montgomery 10-28, Aaron Rodgers 1-3
MINNESOTA - Jerick McKinnon 16-69 1 TD, Latavius Murray 15-28, Case Keenum 2-15
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 4-2-18, Brett Hundley 33-18-157 1 TD 3 INT
MINNESOTA - Case Keenum 38-24-239 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 6-60, Davante Adams 5-54 1 TD, Randall Cobb 3-28, Martellus Bennett 2-22, Geronimo Allison 1-7, Ty Montgomery 1-3, Aaron Jones 1-1, Aaron Ripkowski 1-0
MINNESOTA - Adam Thielen 9-97, Kyle Rudolph 5-47, Jerick McKinnon 5-30 1 TD, Laquon Treadwell 3-51, Latavius Murray 1-9, Michael Floyd 1-5

Minnesota's defense makes it tough on backup QB Brett Hundley

MINNEAPOLIS – A Sunday that began with the Packers losing starting QB Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone ended with a 23-10 loss to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. With the defeat, the Packers dropped into a tie with the Vikings atop the NFC North at 4-2. In Rodgers’ place, backup QB Brett Hundley had a rough day against Minnesota’s stout defense. Playing without three starting offensive linemen for a good portion of the second half, Hundley was sacked four times. He completed 18-of-33 for 157 yards with one TD and three interceptions for a 39.6 passer rating. Rookie RB Aaron Jones had 13 carries for 41 yards and RB Ty Montgomery added 10 carries for 28 yards. WR Jordy Nelson had six catches for 60 yards and WR Davante Adams had five grabs for 54 yards to lead Green Bay’s receivers. For the Vikings, QB Case Keenum was 24-of-38 for 239 yards with a TD and an INT for a 78.7 passer rating. RB Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 69 yards and a score, adding five receptions for 30 yards and another TD. Fellow RB Latavius Murray had 15 rushes for 28 yards, and WR Adam Thielen had nine grabs for 97 yards. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers exited the game on Green Bay’s second possession with a right shoulder injury, and backup Brett Hundley took over as the first quarter with the Vikings ended scoreless. The Packers took the ball first, as the Vikings deferred upon winning the coin toss, but Green Bay went three-and-out. Rodgers’ third-down pass was batted at the line of scrimmage by LB Anthony Barr. The Vikings got two first downs on a 16-yard scramble by QB Case Keenum and a 10-yard run by RB Latavius Murray, but the drive stalled at midfield. The Packers picked up two first downs on their second drive, but on the next series, Barr hit Rodgers outside the pocket just as Rodgers got rid of the ball, and Rodgers stayed down. He left the game for treatment in the sideline medical tent, as backup QB Brett Hundley came on, and the Packers failed to convert on third down. As the Vikings’ next series started from their own 16, Rodgers was carted to the locker room. It was announced Rodgers had a right shoulder injury, and his return was questionable. The Vikings were given two first downs on third-down penalties by the Packers, and then a screen pass to RB Jerick McKinnon went for a touchdown but was called back for an ineligible player downfield. LB Blake Martinez then made a nice open-field tackle of McKinnon on a third-and-5 swing pass, and the Vikings punted from midfield again. After RB Ty Montgomery gained eight yards on two runs, Hundley’s third-down pass for WR Geronimo Allison was deflected and intercepted by CB Xavier Rhodes. Barr was called for a personal foul after the turnover, so the Vikings began the possession at the Green Bay 42. LB Jake Ryan was flagged for a horse-collar tackle on McKinnon on the final play of the first quarter, moving Minnesota inside the 30-yard line.
Second quarter: The Packers’ defense got two huge turnovers that both led to scores, and Green Bay was within 14-10 of the Vikings at halftime. On the first snap of the second quarter, the Vikings caught the Packers in an all-out blitz, and a screen pass to McKinnon went 27 yards for a touchdown. K Kai Forbath’s PAT put the Vikings ahead 7-0. The Packers still could not get a first down. Hundley was sacked by DE Brian Robison and S Harrison Smith on third down, and Packers LG Lane Taylor was down after the play and being attended to. Taylor walked off slowly under his own power. P Justin Vogel shanked a 26-yard punt out of bounds, and the Vikings started at the Green Bay 42. McKinnon busted off a 20-yard run on the first play, but Ryan knocked it loose on the next snap, and LB Clay Matthews scooped it up and rumbled nearly the length of the field the other way. Matthews had the ball punched out from behind, but it went out of bounds, and the Packers had the ball at the Minnesota 18. Justin McCray came in at LG for Taylor, and on third-and-6 from the 14, Hundley found WR Davante Adams for the touchdown. K Mason Crosby’s PAT tied the game at 7 with 10:40 left in the half. Minnesota answered with a deep ball on its very next play, and Keenum’s pass for WR Adam Thielen was behind the receiver. But Packers CB Josh Hawkins was called for pass interference, good for 42 yards for the Vikings into Green Bay territory. After a successful Green Bay challenge overturned a 14-yard pass to TE Kyle Rudolph, Keenum hit Thielen for 11 yards and Rudolph for 16 for a first down at the Green Bay 15. A Murray run for 7 and a shovel pass to Rudolph for 6 made it first-and-goal on the 2. On third down, McKinnon took a handoff out of shutgun and powered in for the TD. Forbath’s PAT made it 14-7 Vikings with 7:22 left in the half. The Packers immediately went three-and-out, as Smith came on a blitz and sacked Hundley on third down. Vogel’s punt took a good bounce, and PR Marcus Sherels was tackled for a loss on the return, so the Vikings started on their own 18. The Vikings got going again on a 20-yard pass to Thielen that was upheld after a Green Bay challenge, taking away the Packers’ last challenge of the game. On the next play, LB Blake Martinez tipped Keenum’s pass into the arms of CB Damarious Randall, and his second interception in as many weeks gave the Packers the ball in Minnesota territory. Hundley then found WR Jordy Nelson with a beautiful back-shoulder throw on third down, good for 26 yards and a first-and-goal on the 8. On third down, Hundley dumped the ball off over the middle to Montgomery, who juggled it while diving for the goal line. The initial call of catch and touchdown was overturned, and the Packers had to settle for a 26-yard Crosby field goal. The kick brought the Packers within 14-10 with 1:51 left in the half. An 11-yard run by McKinnon and 18-yard pass to WR Laquon Treadwell got the Vikings across midfield. After another first down at the Green Bay 30, Vikings T Mike Remmers was called for a facemask against Packers LB Kyler Fackrell, moving the ball back to the 45. On the next snap, Treadwell was flagged for a blindside block on Packers CB Lenzy Pipkins, moving Minnesota back another 15 yards. After the Vikings got back to midfield, they tried a fourth-down Hail Mary pass on the final play of the half, and it was incomplete.
Third quarter: The Vikings added a field goal in the third quarter and took a 17-10 lead over the Packers into the fourth. The Vikings started the second half with a strong drive. Passes of 6 yards to Thielen and 15 to Rudolph both moved the chains. Then on third-and-7, Keenum swung a short pass to McKinnon, who made CB Josh Hawkins miss in the open field and picked up the first down. After a 23-yard pass to Thielen got the Vikings into the red zone, Green Bay’s defense stiffened. A third-down pass over the middle for Rudolph was broken up by S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and the Vikings settled for a 36-yard Kai Forbath field goal. Minnesota led 17-10 with 9:35 left in the quarter. As the opening drive of the third quarter was concluding, the Packers announced Rodgers has a broken collarbone and might miss the rest of the season. Also, RT Bryan Bulaga left the game, as McCray moved from LG to RT and Lucas Patrick came in at LG on the offensive line. Hundley got the Packers moving with a third-down completion to WR Randall Cobb. After a 9-yard pass to Nelson, rookie RB Aaron Jones was stopped on two straight runs, bringing up fourth-and-inches. The Packers tried to draw the Vikings offside but took a delay of game, and Vogel’s punt was fair-caught at the Minnesota 17. Minnesota got going again on a 25-yard pass to Treadwell, who made a leaping, one-handed catch in front of Hawkins. McKinnon ran twice for 10 yards, and an 8-yard pass to Treadwell set up third-and-2 from the Green Bay 35. Keenum hit Rudolph on a play-action boot for 9 yards to the 26, and on the ensuing third down from the 24, he found Thielen for 7 yards to set up fourth-and-1 from the 17 as the quarter expired.
Fourth quarter: On the first snap of the fourth quarter, Forbath made a 35-yard field goal, boosting Minnesota’s lead to 20-10. The Packers picked up one first down on a pair of Jones runs, but on third-and-2 from the Green Bay 45, Smith made a diving, one-handed interception of Hundley’s pass, and Minnesota had the ball in Packers territory again. On that series, the Packers lost yet another starter on the offensive line, as LT David Bakhtiari aggravated his hamstring injury and departed. He became the third starter up front, along with Bulaga (concussion) and Taylor (knee/ankle), to leave the contest. It forced McCray to move over to LT, with Ulrick John coming off the bench to play RT. After the turnover, Minnesota went three-and-out, but Forbath was good from 53 yards out, increasing the Vikings’ lead to 23-10 with 10:47 left. The Packers went three-and-out, as Hundley’s third-down pass for Nelson along the sideline was broken up by Smith. Minnesota’s offense then had its own three-and-out and was punting from its own 10-yard line, but a big boot by Ryan Quigley and a penalty on WR Trevor Davis’ return put the Packers back on their own 34-yard line when they had a chance for much better field position. Hundley kept the Packers alive by completing a short pass to Nelson to convert on fourth-and-4 from the 40. He followed that with an 11-yard completion to Nelson into Minnesota territory. But on the ensuing fourth-and-10, Vikings DE Everson Griffen sacked Hundley, and Minnesota took over with 5:32 to go. The Packers got it back again, and Hundley put together his best drive of the day, all the way into the red zone. But his third-down pass was deflected coming out of his hand and floated to Waynes for an interception with 15 seconds to go.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    4   2   0   .667   147  132
Minnesota    4   2   0   .667   122  103
Detroit      3   3   0   .500   161  149
Chicago      2   4   0   .333   105  148
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
SUNDAY OCTOBER 15TH
Chicago 27, BALTIMORE 24 (OT) - Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky spent much of the afternoon dodging defenders, bouncing off tacklers and buying himself just enough time to make several key plays. One of the biggest contributions was his 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright with 2:11 left in overtime against Baltimore. That play set up a 39-yard field goal by Connor Barth, providing the Bears a wild 27-24 victory over the Ravens on Sunday. "This was a lot of fun," said Trubisky, who absorbed four sacks. "We were playing in a hostile environment. It's a tough place to play. We were playing a good team and we won." Chicago (2-4) snapped a 10-game losing streak on the road. The Bears also forced three turnovers after managing just three takeaways during the first five games. The Ravens (3-3) did not score an offensive touchdown. Michael Campanaro returned a punt 77 yards to pull the Ravens to within 24-22 with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Joe Flacco converted the 2-point conversion with a pass to tight end Nick Boyle that sent the game to overtime. Trubisky did a solid job managing the game and completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards with a touchdown. He also picked up 32 yards on the ground with four carries. Trubisky became just the first rookie quarterback to win in Baltimore in the John Harbaugh era "Hard fought, very disappointing," Harbaugh said. "Obviously, (Chicago) made the plays they needed, especially with the turnovers and the interceptions. I thought our guys played their hearts out. I thought our guys played hard. They fought their way back." With Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams out for the fourth straight game, the Ravens struggled against the run again, allowing 231 yards, the most in franchise history. Chicago running back Jordan Howard ran for a career-high 167 yards, including a vital 53-yard scamper in overtime, on 36 carries. Cornerback Bryce Callahan got the Bears' first interception of the season and returned it 52 yards to the Ravens 20. The Bears capitalized when running back Tarik Cohen took a handoff from Trubisky and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller for a 10-0 lead with 2:53 left in the second quarter. Trubisky continued to make plays and extended Chicago's lead to 17-3 with 6:01 left in the third quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dion Sims, who got behind safety Tony Jefferson. "It's all about the hearts of the players," Chicago head coach John Fox said. "The players, the coaches and everybody, we're all in it together. You tell them what we have to do to win the game, and it was evident they did." With the offense sputtering, the Ravens' special teams provided a spark. Bobby Rainey, who was signed by the team Tuesday, returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. The Bears made another key mistake later when a fumble by Cohen gave Baltimore the ball at midfield. That led to a field goal that cut the margin to 17-13. Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb had a strip-sack on Trubisky that gave Baltimore the ball on its own 48 with 9:21 remaining. After Javorius "Buck" Allen converted a fourth-and-1, Chicago safety Adrian Amos, a Baltimore native, intercepted Flacco and ran 90 yards for the score and a 24-13 lead. "Honestly, we had no business being in that game the way we played as a team," Ravens safety Eric Weddle said. "It's just unfortunate that we didn't capitalize once we got them off the field in overtime and I have to make that tackle (on Howard's 53-yard run). That's the deciding play. That's why we lost." Flacco struggled throughout the game, but he was not helped by his receivers who dropped several passes. Flacco was 24 of 41 for 180 yards with two interceptions. He had a 48.8 passer rating. Baltimore committed eight penalties for 69 yards. "You have to be able to deal with the ups and downs of a season and continue to roll through," Flacco said. "It's still early on and we're a 3-3 football team. It does not feel good. Obviously, losses are going to affect you in a certain way. We have to keep our heads down and keep going."
NEW ORLEANS 52, Detroit 38 - New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was clearly disgusted. Quarterback Drew Brees seemed perplexed. And, in a video game gone wild, they won. The Saints nearly blew a 35-point second-half lead Sunday but somehow hung on for a 52-38 victory over the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to sneak above the .500 mark (3-2) for the first time since the end of the 2013 season -- a drought of 1,386 days. The crazy game, which the Saints seemed to have locked up after leading 45-10 with 8:34 left in the third quarter, featured a combined eight turnovers, four defensive touchdowns -- three by the Saints, the most in a game in franchise history -- and a 74-yard punt return by Detroit's Jamal Agnew for a score. In the end, when the video game went tilt, Payton was perturbed. "It was a crazy game," Payton said. "Credit our defense for 28 points -- that was significant. I've been involved in a couple of games where you go from a big lead. Our punt coverage stunk. We had three turnovers in the second half. We did a lot of dumb things, but fortunately our defense did a lot of good things." Saints defensive end Cam Jordan had the biggest takeaway of the game with 5:04 left by tipping and then intercepting a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone -- the Saints' third defensive touchdown of the game -- to snuff out the Lions' 28-point, second-half comeback from a 45-10 deficit to take a 52-38 lead. "It's significant to bat a ball down and catch it in the end zone," Payton said. "I thought we did a good job affecting the passer and changing our looks." Playing on a bad right ankle and behind a limited offensive line, Stafford completed 25 of 52 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions and was sacked five times. Stafford has been sacked 17 times in the last three games, and Detroit (3-3) has dropped three of its last four games going into a bye week. "Our biggest problem is keeping No. 9 (Stafford) from being hit," said Lions tight end Darren Fells. "If we keep doing that, it's going to be a long season." When cornerback Marshon Lattimore returned a Stafford interception 27 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, the Saints led 45-10. But Detroit scored 28 consecutive points over the next 16 minutes to cut the deficit to 45-38 with 6:41 remaining. The Lions' final score came on a 2-yard interception return by defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, who followed the eyes of Brees and waltzed in for the score. "We just don't give up," said Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell. "Our guys show a lot of resolve. We always think that we have a chance to close the gap. They believe in one another. We fell a little bit too short." Brees completed 21 of 31 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. "It's probably one of the crazier games I've been involved in," Brees said. "It was 45-10 midway through the third quarter and it felt a lifetime of ball had been played. I was really disappointed in the way we finished the game -- the offense -- the last quarter and a half. We didn't establish any rhythm." Leading 45-38, the Saints again failed to pick up a first down for the fifth consecutive series. But punter Thomas Morstead backed up the Lions at their 1-yard line. On second-and-10, Stafford retreated into the end zone, and Jordan tipped the pass and easily cradled the ball for the first touchdown of his seven-year NFL career. In winning their third consecutive game, the Saints rose above the .500 mark for the first time since finishing 11-5 at the end of the 2013 regular season. Payton was not in the mood to celebrate. "There's a lot of guys who haven't been here for more than a year and don't know the long history picture, and I don't encourage them to," Payton said. "I thought it was important to get a win. We haven't played well against this team." New Orleans raced to a 31-10 halftime lead, expanded it to 38-10 on a 2-yard pass from Brees to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and then to 45-10 on Lattimore's touchdown with 8:34 left in the third quarter. Stafford responded with a pair of 22-yard scoring passes to receiver Marvin Jones and Fells to cut the deficit to 45-24 late in the third quarter, and Agnew raced 74 yards with a punt return for another score to draw the Lions within 45-31 with 11:03 left. Just before halftime, Detroit drove the length of the field to a first-and-goal from the New Orleans 5, but the Lions came away with no points as Stafford threw four consecutive incompletions, preserving the New Orleans 31-10 lead.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is attended to by medical staff after being hit by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr in the first half (BRUCE KLUCKHOHN, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley throws against the Vikings during the first half  (BRUCE KLUCKHOHN, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams catches a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley as Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris defends in the first half (JIM MONE, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Minnesota Vikings (4-2) 23, Green Bay Packers (4-2) 10
Sunday October 15th 2017 (at Minnesota)