If the Green Bay Packers can get consistent deep ball production from Marquez Valdes-Scantling, that will give the team a different dimension in 2020 to how it looked a year ago. That’s exactly what they got late in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, as the man known as MVS brought in a huge touchdown with seconds left in the first half to extend the Packers’ lead.
Just a few plays after Aaron Rodgers threw a 24-yard touchdown to Davante Adams, cornerback Jaire Alexander made a one-handed interception of a Kirk Cousins pass. That set up the Packers at Minnesota’s 45-yard line with 25 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The first play of the ensuing series went incomplete (after review), as Davante Adams bobbled Rodgers’ pass along the left sideline. But on second down, Rodgers retreated with the football, set his feet, and uncorked a howitzer up the right sideline. Rookie Viking cornerback Cameron Dantzler and his 4.64 speed were no match for MVS and his 4.37, and the Packers wideout easily separated and hauled in the football, falling into the end zone for a huge touchdown.
Check out the play here:
That was the Packers’ second touchdown in a span of just 33 seconds, as the team extended its lead from 8-7 to 22-7 all within the final minute of the half. Minnesota would get a quick drive down the field for a field goal just before halftime to go into the break down 22-10.
For the half, Rodgers has completed 19 of 28 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. This was MVS’ only target in the same so far — Rodgers has thrown 11 passes to Adams for nine catches, 103 yards, and the first score.