The Vikings got things started on the right foot by having Cordarrelle Patterson return the opening kickoff for an NFL-record 109 yards for a touchdown, but the Packer offense picked their defense apart with surgical precision and did not let Minnesota's offense get into the flow of the game.
While the Vikings were within a touchdown at halftime, the Packers were too much and the game was decided by the time the fourth quarter came around.
Things were a little more dramatic in Detroit, where the Dallas Cowboys fell to .500 in an emotionally charged game against the Lions. Aside from Matthew Stafford's dramatic sneak, Dez Bryant lost his cool as his counterpart Calvin Johnson went for 329 yards and caused a rift heard around the league.
The Cowboys need a win to keep their advantage in the weak NFC East and a loss to the lowly Vikings may make any harsh feelings from a week ago even stronger.
Will the Vikings Contain Bryant?
We already mentioned that Bryant unleashed a rant that would be worthy of a WWE contract in Week 8, but it's possible that he's going to concentrate his anger and rage toward the depleted Viking secondary in Week 9.
With Chris Cook and Josh Robinson struggling, the Vikings already found themselves at a disadvantage in this matchup. When the injuries to Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford are added to this mess, it might be a good idea for defensive coordinator Alan Williams to wave the white flag and spot Bryan two touchdowns if he promises to never take the field.
That will never happen, so the Vikings will need to try their best to limit the damage that Bryant will impose. If they can do enough, the Cowboys will have to lean on their other weapons and that could be enough to keep Minnesota close throughout the game.
The Play of the Vikings' Starting Quarterback
It's been extremely hard to keep up with who is the Vikings' starting quarterback on a weekly basis. This week, head coach Leslie Frazier made things more of a headache by declaring he won't name a starter until late in the week.
This leads to two possible scenarios for the Vikings.
The team could return to Christian Ponder getting an opportunity to build off his efficient outing against the Packers. He currently is the choice of Vikings' center John Sullivan, and it would make sense to give Ponder a final opportunity considering he was entering a make-or-break season in September.
Then there's the option of going with their "Plan B" quarterback in Josh Freeman. After coming over from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he made his debut against the New York Giants in Week 7 and was miserably inaccurate.
Whomever the Vikings choose to go with, they'll need to have a sense of pride that will be necessary to take the job and run with it for the rest of the season. If they can get anything from their passing game, it will be easier to keep up with a team that ranks second in points scored.
Can the Defense Get Off the Field?
Last week, the Vikings defense sank to a new low. To validate that opinion, you can point at several things such as the 44 points allowed or the near-perfect quarterback rating Aaron Rodgers hung on the unit. However, there was one flaw that killed any chance of an upset:
Third down conversions.
On the season, opponents are converting a league-best 51 percent on third down against the Viking defense. That number gets worse when you add that teams have converted 6-of-8 (75%) fourth down conversions.
That means that the defense has failed to get the opposing offense off the field 61 percent of the time which is easily the worst clip in the NFL. There are several things that can be blamed for this, but defensive coordinator Alan Williams needs to find a way to change this trend.
Can the Vikings Make a Big Play?
A constant of the 2013 season for Minnesota has been the lack of big plays. The Vikings got one to kick off last week's tilt with the Green Bay Packers, but offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has failed to get more bang for buck.
Musgrave's ineptitude is becoming as glaring as the sun while failing to find ways to put his talent in position to succeed. A talent such as Patterson, who leads the league in kickoff return yardage, should be able to find some impact on offense whether he's able to pick up the playbook or not.
While the quarterback has been the issue with the most focus, the amount of weapons that aren't performing on this offense is something that is disturbing as Musgrave is in his third season as offensive coordinator.
If the Vikings are not able to correct this issue, it may be Musgrave who will be the first domino to fall in a complete housecleaning next January.
Will the Vikings Show Some Desperation?
It seems like this is said every week, but the Vikings have to use the "Screw It!" playbook at some point during this season.
The Vikings are currently 1-6 and cemented into last-place in the NFC North. While fans are watching college football games to find a possible savior, the current coaching staff needs to do something to make sure they're not following Musgrave out the door at the end of the year.
A good approach against a Dallas team that doesn't want to lose to an opponent that can't find a starting quarterback is to go for it on fourth down, try for a fake punt and maybe throw the ball 50 yards downfield just to see what happens.
Anything less makes it seem like the coaching staff could care less about their fate, which would trigger a massive overhaul that could take more years off the prime of Adrian Peterson's career.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Vikings follower that has seen triumph and heartbreak for the franchise over 27 seasons. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report and Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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