Randall Cobb Color Rush Jersey , they played with a fierce refusal to let it go.They held onto the ball with the same determination.Cousins bounced back from his worst game of the season with 342 passing yards and three touchdowns without a fumble or an interception, and the Vikings overcame some early gaffes to outlast the depleted Packers for a 24-17 victory on Sunday night.Completing 29 of his 38 attempts, Cousins found Dalvin Cook , Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for scores. Diggs and Thielen had eight receptions apiece.It just kind of shows his character, shows what kind of player he is, to be able to just not really care what people talk about him, not really care about what happened last week, Thielen said of Cousins, adding: The throws he was making, his full game was really impressive. Thats what you expect out of him.Sheldon Richardson had two sacks to lead the defenses game-long stifling of Aaron Rodgers, and the Vikings (6-4-1) pushed the Packers (4-6-1) further back in the NFC wild card race.The Vikings won a night game for the first time this season after losing to the top three teams in the NFC: to the Rams in Los Angeles, at home to the New Orleans Saints and at Chicago in a two-interception game by Cousins against the first-place Bears. The Vikings entered the weekend with the fourth-most turnovers in the NFL, and Cousins has been charged with 13 of the 16 giveaways. Coach Mike Zimmer was so impressed by the way Cousins played against the Packers that he gave him the game ball in the locker room afterward .Last week left a bad taste in our mouths, Cousins said, and the chance to come back on Sunday night football against a division rival at home was a great opportunity, and Im glad we made the most of it.Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones scored on a short run for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the Packers fell to 0-6 on the road this season and 1-5-1 against the Vikings in their last seven meetings. Their final seven possessions produced only one field goal, with five punts and one turnover on downs.Weve all got to play better, myself included, Rodgers said. Started off the game nice. We had a couple good drives. Were rolling there. We hit our unfortunate typical lull and didnt get it going again.With Randall Cobb out (hamstring) for a sixth game this season and rookies Equanimeous St. Brown (elbow) and Trevor Davis (hamstring) forced out in the second half, Rodgers didnt have much to work with down the field. Left guard Lane Taylor (quadriceps) departed in the first half and left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) was sidelined in the second half https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Corey-Linsley-Jersey , leaving the protection shaky at best. Rodgers finished 17 for 28 for 198 yards, without a turnover.The Packers failed to move the chains on eight of 10 third downs. Jones was stuffed on fourth-and-inches by Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter and Eric Kendricks midway through the third quarter, giving the Vikings the ball at the Green Bay 44. That set up a 37-yard field goal by Dan Bailey for Minnesotas first lead of the game.Were definitely not in the position, record-wise, we thought we would be in coming into the year or even after this game. We thought we could get the victory. But unfortunately we ran out of gas, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. Were beat up, no doubt about that. But give them credit: They put in a full four quarters.SLOW STARTThe Vikings outgained the Packers 280-139 in total yardage in the first half, but they had to settle for a tie at the break. About to go for it on fourth-and-inches on the opening drive following a timeout to strategize, they were penalized for 12 men on the field and had to punt.Diggs collided with Thielen when Jaire Alexander crashed their pick play on the second possession, and after Diggs tried to circle back the other way with an ill-fated salvage attempt he lost 10 yards on that reception to lead to another punt.Baileys wide left 48-yard try wasted another highlight-reel catch by Thielen in between Alexander and Josh Jones that went for 33 yards. Later in the second quarter, after some mismanagement of the clock, the Vikings had to hustle to set up a 51-yard kick for Bailey. That one was good, but Rashod Hill was called for a false start. The 56-yarder sliced right, the fifth straight missed field goal against the Packers after rookie Daniel Carlson went 0 for 3 in Green Bay and was cut the next day.PACKED AND HAPPY HOUSEThe announced attendance of 66,872 was the largest for the Vikings in three years at U.S. Bank Stadium. A handful of Minnesota players were introduced in the first quarter with Paul Bunyans Axe, the trophy the Gophers repossessed from the rival Badgers in Wisconsin on Saturday to end a 14-game losing streak. Randy Moss kept the crowd fired up in a halftime ceremony to receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring.INJURY REPORTPackers: In addition to the carnage on offense, SS Kentrell Brice aggravated an ankle injury in the first quarter and was knocked out of action in the third quarter with a possible concussion. CB Kevin King and CB Bashaud Breeland were already inactive with injuries.Vikings: RT Brian ONeill left in the third quarter for evaluation for a possible concussion. CB Xavier Rhodes limped off with an apparent injury to his right hamstring in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTPackers: Host Arizona (2-9) next Sunday afternoon.Vikings: Play at New England (8-3) next Sunday afternooN. Over the next two weeks, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provides grades and insight on how they performed in the 2018 season. Today, we examine the wide receivers.Brian Gutekunst made his first big bet as general manager of the Green Bay Packerswhen he released Jordy Nelson last spring, a move that angered fans and the starting quarterback. To replace Nelson Jaire Alexander Jersey , Gutekunst signed Jimmy Graham, a de facto receiver, and went to the receiver well three times in the draft on Day 3. For a plethora of reasons, this plan didnt yield the positive results Green Bay was looking for. Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb missed more than half a season each, Graham never became a focal point of the offense, and the top rookie by draft status couldnt find the field. This confluence of factors pushed fifth- and sixth-round picks into the starting lineups where they showed off physical ability, but also revealed a lack of polish and precision. JMon MooreHow acquired: Drafted in the fourth round (Pick 133 overall)Stats: 2 catches, 15 yards Oof. Numbers often lie, but the stat line for Moore perfectly encapsulates his disappointing rookie season. Moore fell behind his rookie counterparts almost immediately in training camp after some solid early reviews. His route running drew comparisons to a young Davante Adams, but Moore struggled mightily with his hands (just like Adams) and never earned the opportunity to play despite the myriad injuries at the position. Moore ended up playing just under 7% of offensive snaps, but was the most active receiver on special teams, getting over 31% of snaps there, mostly as a punt gunner. A fourth-round pick who turns out to be nothing more than a special teams player shouldnt be considered a bust, but given how much better his cohorts at the position look, its hard to imagine this pick looking like anything less than a failure if Moore doesnt find a way to break into the offense in 2019 and beyond. Marquez Valdes-Scantling How acquired: Drafted in the fifth round Pick 174 overall)Stats: 38 catches, 581 yards (15.3 YPC), 2 touchdowns Somehow, MVS was the only receiver to play in all 16 games last year for the Packers, speaking to the disfunction and lack of cohesion in this offense. Valdes-Scantling came out of the draft looking like a special teams contributor who might be able to give a team something as a deep threat. He turned out to be the most pro-ready of the three receivers Green Bay selected, and he was the only other receiver besides Davante Adams to play more than half of the offensive snaps (he played 64.4%). Earning Rodgers trust early, MVS made nine starts in the middle of the season after Geronimo Allison was out. Starting with a stretch in early October Lane Taylor Color Rush Jersey , the rookie from South Florida looked to be breaking out with a pair of 100-yard games sandwiched around a game in which he caught a beautiful go route for a touchdown against the Rams. When Mike McCarthy lost his job, Joe Philbin slid MVS out of the starting lineup in favor of fellow rookie Equanimeous St. Brown, though an injury to EQ led to a 75-yard performance against the Jets from Valdes-Scantling. With the ability to get deep and a better-than-expected contested catch talent, MVS should have a bright future, at the very least as a deep threat. Even if this is all he ever is, the Packers hit on something with their fifth-round pick. Equanimeous St. Brown How acquired: Drafted in the sixth round (Pick 207 overall)Stats: 21 catches, 328 yards (15.6 YPC)The last of the receivers taken, the Notre Dame product may have offered the most tantalizing pure talent of the group. Plenty of draft observers, this author included, believed EQ possessed Day 2 talent, but somehow fell all the way to the sixth round. St. Brown offered hints and flashes at his talent with speed to go with his excellent size (65 214). That never quite translated into a clear role in the offense despite seven starts in 2018. There were big plays after the catch, like his 54-yard catch-and-run against the Lions to set up a late field goal. He became the go-to deep crosser on play action shot plays, throws Rodgers flat missed on a handful of occasions, despite EQ working open. And before a vicious hit ended his season, the talented rookie went 5/5 for 94 yards against the Jets. If one of these players is likely to be a big-time impact player moving forward, the money should be on St. Brown. Aaron Rodgers praised his route running, and suggested more opportunities would come, but as this offense stagnated and scuffled, Rodgers couldnt make it happen for him. The hope would be with a new offense and a healthy quarterback, this ultra-talented receiver could step into a role as a big slot weapon for the Packers and unlock that potential.