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Cheese Curds, 9/16: Defense responds to big plays with turnovers; Rodgers’ brain fart

A bizarre mental error by the quarterback and a weird day on offense was overshadowed again by a winning performance from a big-play defense.

NFL: SEP 15 Vikings at Packers Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There were unusual situations galore at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay Packers’ defense was primarily responsible for a victory for the second week in a row. The offense fell apart after a magnificent start.

And, perhaps strangest of all, a massive mental error by Aaron Rodgers kept the Packers from getting points on the board.

There were odd officiating circumstances as well — like the referees taking a Minnesota Vikings touchdown off the board for offensive pass interference after a video review — but there was plenty of weirdness to go around before even getting to the zebras.

But when all was said and done, the Green Bay defense put together another winning performance, even despite giving up some big plays. Three turnovers (plus a bonus fourth on the final play) should be enough to get an Aaron Rodgers-led team to a victory, and thankfully the Packers pulled it off to claim the top spot in the NFC North after two weeks.

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The Packers' defense struggled with big plays on Sunday, giving up three chunks including both Vikings touchdowns. But they came up with splash plays of their own, turning the ball over four times including once inside the Packers' 10-yard line.

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One of the Vikings' big plays was a 45-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs, but Jaire Alexander appeared to make a great break on the throw and a great play on the football. After the game, he explained the reason why he didn't break up or intercept the pass.

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Rodgers had a rare moment of poor field awareness in the second quarter, as he thought that Geronimo Allison had received a favorable spot and a first down. Because of that, he tried to run a quick play to avoid a review. However, the ball was indeed short of the first down, and the play went down as a failed fourth-down conversion. Meanwhile, Matt LaFleur acknowledged that he should have called a timeout to get everyone on the same page.

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Besides that, there was one instance of Angry Rodgers at the end of the first half when the quarterback threw the ball away on third and 16. Predictably, certain national media members picked up on this as a sign that the relationship between the two men is fractured, but as one would expect, the two aren't concerned about the incident in the slightest.

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