Crosby could pass Longwell's mark vs. Vikings

Eric Goska
Press-Gazette Media correspondent
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Looking for someone to give the boot to the Vikings at Lambeau Field?

Packers kicker Mason Crosby could surpass Ryan Longwell’s mark for most points against the Vikings.

Based on his record against Minnesota, Mason Crosby more than qualifies.

Crosby, Green Bay's kicker since 2007, has been on the job long enough that career records are starting to fall his way. The biggie, most points scored in a Packers' career, likely will be his next season should he remain healthy and effective.

Until then, he'll have to be content with lesser accomplishments. Against the Jets, he boomed a 55-yard field goal to set the record for longest by a Green Bay player at Lambeau Field. With five extra points and a field goal in Soldier Field, he became the fourth Packer to score more than 100 points against the Bears.

He needs nine points Thursday vs. Minnesota to supplant Ryan Longwell as the Packer with the most points against the Vikings.

Crosby has made 27-of-31 field goal attempts (87.1 percent) versus the Vikings in the regular season, a success rate higher than what he's achieved against the Lions (27-33, 81.8) or Bears (22-30, 73.3).

He nailed a franchise-record 58-yard field goal in the Metrodome on Oct. 23, 2011, and has been particularly effective in that building, having missed just once (a 52-yard try in 2008) in 17 attempts.

The Packers are 9-4-1 against their rival with Crosby as kicker. The 421 points the team has scored in those games are the most by Green Bay in any 14-game stretch in the series that dates to 1961.

Crosby has been responsible for 127 (9.1 per game) of those points. It's the same total he has against Detroit, but he's played the Lions 15 times.

Longwell, who played in Green Bay from 1997-2005, is No. 1 against the Vikings with 135 points. He needed 18 games, however, to amass that total.

Nine points might seem like a reach for Crosby. In four games this season he's tallied 4, 11, 1, and 8 points.

But he's hit or exceeded nine points eight times against the Vikings. His six outings with 10 or more points is a record ahead of Longwell, who had five such games.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) kicks a field goal against the Chiefs at Lambeau Field.

There have been 139 Packers who have scored against the Vikings. Only seven accumulated more than 50 points.

Crosby surpassed 100 in a 37-34 loss in the 2012 regular-season finale in Minnesota.

Attaining 100 points against a particular opponent is an accomplishment. Only five Packers (Longwell, Crosby, Don Hutson, Paul Hornung and Chris Jacke) have done so.

Tonight, Crosby sets his sights on Longwell's 135. Down the road, he can aim for Longwell's 158 against the Lions. That's the most points a Packers player has scored against any team.

Extra points

¦ Hutson was the first Packers player to score 100 or more points against a particular team. In grabbing 21 points (three touchdowns, three extra points) on Nov. 8, 1942, he boosted his total against the Rams to 114. Hutson remains the only Packer to have scored 100 or more points against four different teams (Rams, Bears, Lions and Cardinals).

¦ Crosby connected on his first six field goals in the series with the Vikings. He's riding a personal best of nine in a row with his last miss a 53-yarder in a 23-14 win at Lambeau Field on Dec. 2, 2012.

¦ Crosby needs two more field goals to tie Longwell for the team record with 29 in the rivalry.

Regular-season series

Overall: Green Bay leads 55-48-2

At Lambeau Field: Packers lead 20-16-2

Starting quarterbacks

Packers: Aaron Rodgers (60-31 overall, 7-4 vs. Minnesota)

Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater (1-0, 0-0 vs. Green Bay) or Christian Ponder (14-20-1, 1-4-1 vs. GB)

Once a Viking, now a Packer

Defensive tackle Letroy Guion (2008-13).

Once a Packer, now a Viking

Wide receiver Greg Jennings (2006-12). Receiver Charles Johnson spent part of the 2013 on the Green Bay's practice squad.


Points vs. Purple

Packers players who scored more than 50 points against the Vikings during the regular season.

Pts Player

135 Ryan Longwell

127 Mason Crosby

93 Chris Jacke

77 Paul Hornung

60 Greg Jennings

56 Chester Marcol

54 Ahman Green

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