Over the last two NFL seasons, the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers games have been highly publicized due to the battle at quarterback between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Sunday’s affair was more of a sparring session for the Packers, and while Rodgers was stellar, one of his favorite targets made his job fairly easy. The recipient of Eastbay’s Week 11 NFL Player of the Week honors is Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Jennings was a human highlight reel on Sunday, making acrobatic catches and athletic runs on a demoralized Vikings defense. With the Packers down 3-0 in the second quarter, Jennings caught a deep 47-yard fade pass that set up a Mason Crosby field goal to put Green Bay on the board. On the team’s next possession, Jennings reeled in an 11-yard catch to put the Packers on top. They wouldn’t relinquish that lead for the rest of the game.
Just as he did in the first half, Jennings set the tone for the second. On Green Bay’s first drive, Jennings caught a short pass on a simple comeback route, but managed to make cornerback Asher Allen miss the tackle on his way to a 46-yard touchdown. “When you throw just a comeback to him and he turns it into a big-time touchdown, that makes you look like a lot better quarterback,” Aaron Rodgers said. Jennings also scored on a 22-yard fade pass in the 4th quarter to ice the Vikings for the game and most likely the rest of the season.
On the day, Jennings caught 7 balls for 152 yards, averaging nearly 22 yards per catch. The three touchdown receptions mark a new career high for the wide receiver. These numbers almost surely move his previously ranked Top 10 Pro Performances down a notch. What do you think?
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