Packers vs. Vikings 2013 results: Green Bay cruises to 44-31 win

The Packers improved to 5-2 with a comfortable win over the Vikings.

The Green Bay Packers thoroughly beat the Minnesota VIkings on Sunday Night Football in Week 8, coming away with a 44-31 win to improve to 5-2.

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson opened up the scoring with a 109-yard kick return on the game's opening kick, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers responded quickly. Rodgers tossed a beautiful touchdown to Jordy Nelson to tie the game. The two would hook up for another touchdown later in the half, a 76-yard touchdown that gave the Packers a 17-10 lead. Then Green Bay punt returner Micah Hyde returned a punt 93 yards to blow the game open.

Outside of Patterson's return and an impressive touchdown run from Adrian Peterson, the Vikings weren't able to muster much offense. Christian Ponder wasn't actively bad, but he didn't do a ton to help move the chains for Minnesota's offense, except for his 19-yard touchdown run in garbage time.

The game wasn't close for most of the second half while Eddie Lacy was rumbling his way toward the 94 yards rushing he finished with. The Packers improved to 5-2, while the Vikings fell to 1-6.

Fantasy studs and duds

Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson were fantasy studs, which has become par for the course. Nelson caught both of Rodgers' touchdowns. Eddie Lacy also earned stud status with a 94-yard, one-touchdown performance.

Injury Report

Neither team suffered major injuries during Sunday's game.

Did They Cover?

The Packers were 6.5-point favorites, per OddsShark.com, so they covered.

Up Next

Packers vs. Bears, Monday, Nov. 4, 8:40 p.m. ET

Vikings at Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET

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