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Packers Pummel Vikings


Minneapolis, MN. (WHBL-Learfield) - The Green Bay Packers are again tied for first in the N-F-C North Division after a 31-to-3 rout at Minnesota yesterday. Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns – three to Greg Jennings, who caught seven passes on the day for 152 yards. Ex-Packer Ryan Longwell put the Vikings on the board first with a 24-yard field goal. But the Pack led 17-to-3 at the half and rolled to their fourth straight victory, while improving to 7-and-3. Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre said it was hard to walk off the field after being swept by his former team in their two-game season series. The third-place Vikings fell to 3-and-7. Favre threw for 208 yards and an interception. And after that pick, he had a run-in with his close friend and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Later, Vikings rookie corner Chris Cook was confronted by defensive end Ray Edwards on the bench. And defensive line coach Karl Dunbar had to separate them. Viking fans yelled “Fire Childress” at one point. Minnesota coach Brad Childress again said his future wasn't up to him, he did not believe his players quit on him. Favre said he remains committed to the Vikings – even though he did not directly answer questions about whether he wanted to finish the season. Meanwhile, Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says his team has quote, “a foot on the gas, hands on the wheel, and we're looking straight ahead.” The Packers have out-scored their opponents 85-to-10 in their last three games. They'll play at Atlanta next Sunday.

Green Bay out-gained Minnesota 374-yards to 300. Dimitri Nance was the Packers' top rusher in his first extended action in the backfield. He had 37 yards on 12 carries. Donald Driver had four catches for 31 yards after sitting out for three weeks with a quadriceps injury. Vikings' All-Pro rusher Adrian Peterson was held to 74 yards on the grounds, and 16 yards on one catch. Sidney Rice had three receptions for 56 yards in his season debut for the Vikings, after coming off hip surgery. Three Packers left with injuries – safety Atari Bigby with a hamstring problem, corner Pat Lee with a bad ankle, and special teams’ player Anthony Smith with an ankle problem.