Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is tackled by Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels in the first half. / Dan Powers/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings looks on from the sidelines during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Rave: In spite of all the hurdles — using their third and fourth quarterbacks, two of their top receiving threats on the sideline and a second-string right tackle who continues to play poorly — the Packers’ offense had a pretty good day. They gained 494 yards (granted, in five quarters) but, more importantly, they avoided the big turnovers that plagued them during their three-game losing streak.
Rant: It’s understandable when a defense has trouble stopping a running back the likes of Adrian Peterson, but Toby Gerhart? Granted, Gerhart is not a bad backup, but he’s not someone who should have been allowed to average 11.4 yards on eight carries. He had runs of 26, 15, 12, 11 and 11, all in the second half.
Rave: The Packers responded well to Greg Jennings’ return to Lambeau Field. The former Green Bay receiver caught only two passes for 29 yards, and dropped the pass the only other time he was targeted: on third-and-5 in overtime. His two catches were important — a 21-yarder on a scoring drive in the third quarter and an 8-yarder on third-and-4 later in the quarter — but for the most part, he was kept in check.
Rant: The kickoff return unit continues to languish. Entering the game, the Packers were averaging an NFL-low 17.4 yards per kickoff return. With Micah Hyde hampered by a groin injury, Green Bay went with Johnathan Franklin on the opening kickoff, but he was lost for the game to a concussion after returning it for 22 yards. After that, Hyde returned two for only a 20.5-yard average.
Rave: After being outscored 90-53 in fourth quarters entering Sunday’s game, the Packers turned the tide to force overtime. They trailed 23-7 with 14 minutes, 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter but rallied with three scoring drives while stopping the Vikings on their next three possessions.