Rodgers, Packers top Vikings in opener

Mon 9-14-2020

MINNEAPOLIS - Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns as Green Bay beat Minnesota 43-34 in the season opener for both teams at an empty US Bank Stadium.

Davante Adams had a career-high, franchise-record-tying 14 catches for 156 yards and two scores. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard each reached the end zone, too, as Green Bay had its way with a renovated Minnesota defense.

Dalvin Cook had 12 carries for 50 yards, two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. Adam Thielen had six receptions for 110 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns.

The 43 points allowed were the most a Mike Zimmer-coached defense has given up since he became the Vikings' coach in 2014. The previous high was 42 by the Packers on Oct. 2, 2014 at Green Bay.

The Vikings gave up 522 yards (364 passing, 158 rushing), which is the second-most by a Zimmer-coached defense in Minnesota behind the 556 yards (456 passing, 100 rushing) the Rams put up in a 38-31 win on Sept. 27, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Minnesota has lost three in a row to Green Bay.

The Vikings are at Indianapolis next Sunday in a matchup of 0-1 teams. The Colts lost 27-20 to Jacksonville Sunday.