The "Anthony Barr rule", aimed at further protecting quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers, arguably cost Rodgers' Green Bay Packers a win Sunday vs. the reigning division champion Minnesota Vikings. A sack on the Packers' only overtime possession forced a punt. He led the game-tying drive and positioned Minnesota for the win in overtime, only to see Kai Forbath's replacement, Carlson, squander it twice.
Clay Matthews Jr. pressured Cousins on the first-down play, hitting the quarterback just after he threw and knocking him to the ground in what appeared to be a legal takedown. Rodgers' brilliance was shown in the Packers penultimate drive where he threw two flawless balls to wide receiver Davante Adams in the end zone, but one was stripped out of his hands and the other he was unable to haul in.
But the star quarterback was fit to start though did sport a large brace on his left knee.
That was his second missed field goal in overtime and third on the day.
"It feels bad", Carlson said.
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It's hard not to wonder where the Cincinnati Bengals offense and quarterback Andy Dalton would be without star wide receiver A.J. The Ravens have always been known for their physical play, but the Bengals showed plenty of toughness of their own.
"I've been playing football for a while, and it's the first time I've experienced something like this", said Linval Joseph. The Vikings defense may be strong all around, but Rodgers will still the best player on the field (if he plays). Crosby actually made the kick, but it was nullified when Zimmer called timeout just before the play, and his missed his second attempt.
Through two weeks, Thielen has himself two 100-yard games. After the Vikings tied the game, Aaron Rodgers set up Mason Crosby for a game-winning 52-yard field goal. Stefon Diggs caught a 2-point conversion pass to tie it at 29. Kenny Clark, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Mike Daniels were all solid up the middle, allowing Minnesota's runners to gain just 68 yards on the ground while averaging less than four yards per tote. "I still think they should trade him".
Everything seemed to go the Vikings' way in the fourth, when they rallied from a 20-7 deficit. Sunday's game is the first matchup between the two teams in September at Lambeau Field since 2008. But the Vikings held the Packers to a field goal with 1:45 remaining, keeping their hopes alive.
"You've got a target area of about the size of a strike zone and then you can't fall on top of him and you can't hit him in the knees and you can't hit him low, you can't hit him in the head", Zimmer said.