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Cheese Curds, 9/16: Packers’ offense was its best, most confusing self in week 1

The Vikings’ defense looked puzzled through most of the game, with credit due to Matt LaFleur and his coaching staff.

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It’s not common that you see a Mike Zimmer defense look confused. The veteran head coach and former defensive coordinator has been a thorn in the Green Bay Packers’ side for years, and especially so for Aaron Rodgers.

Over the years, Zimmer has arguably been the defensive mind who has kept Rodgers in check the best. But on Sunday, the Packers put their 2020 offense on full display against the Minnesota Vikings. The frequent use of motions, play-action, and creative formations seemed to have the Vikings’ defense mixed up consistently, leading to the Packers’ first 40-point performance against Minnesota since 2014.

In today’s curds, we’ll take a look at some of the concepts that they rolled out to achieve that impressive number as well as contrast this game with other recent performances in Minnesota.

What You Might’ve Missed: Misdirection makes a lot happen |
From play-action to jet motion, the Packers got the Vikings on skates a number of different ways on Sunday, unlocking the run and short passing games for solid production in both areas.

McGinn’s Grading the Packers: Aaron Rodgers and offense shine, defense struggles – The Athletic (subscription)
Bob McGinn’s grades are back and to nobody’s surprise, the offense grades out very well while the defense did not. One notable item here, though, is a breakdown of Aaron Rodgers’ performances against Mike Zimmer-coached teams, particularly in Minnesota. Spoiler: Sunday was his best game in that situation by far.

Green Bay Packers prepare Lambeau Field for game without fans in the stadium | Green Bay Press-Gazette
The Packers have put up tarps over the first few rows of seats, and with no fans allowed in the stadium, the team has also elected to close the parking lots and all portions of the Lambeau Field facilities to the public.

The NFL’s Secret Superstars of Week 1 | Touchdown Wire
MVS gets some love from Doug Farrar as one of the surprise stars of week one.

Teens drive golf cart down Maryland highway after missing Lyft |
On what planet is stealing a golf cart the next logical option when your Lyft driver doesn't show?