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Packers smash Vikings to keep the heat on in Lions chase

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After a shaky start to the 2014 season the Green Bay Packers ran out 42-10 winners over NFC North rivals Minnesota Vikings to keep things tight at the top of the division.

The 2014 campaign had not began as Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy would have hoped, with defeats to the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions in the Packers opening three match-ups.

Catching Up

And with the Lions impressing in the first quarter of the season Green Bay had some catching up to do.

But the Packers now sit second in the NFC North with a record of 3-2 after two consecutive significant divisional victories over the Vikings and the Bears.

And the manner of their victory last night, a blow-out of one of their most bitter rivals will certainly give the Pack momentum as they aim to book their sixth consecutive appearance in the play-offs.

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Star Performances

Running back Eddie Lacy ran a season high of 105 yards scoring two touchdowns in the process.

And it was a night to remember for Packers linebacker Julius Peppers who returned an interception for 49 yards to heap more embarrassment on a hapless Vikings side. The night also turned out to be a big one in the career of Super Bowl winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he threw his 200th career TD pass.

But the Vikings will want to move on quickly from the rout as they now prop up the rest of the division with a 2-3 record.

Vikings Buried

Without rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater they looked abject offensively, only managing one touchdown. And their offensive issues caused their defensive woes as Christian Ponder threw two consecutive interceptions in the second quarter.

Should the Lions (3-1) lose to the Bills on Sunday they will find themselves on level pegging with the Packers edging first place on a superior divisional record.

The Packers next fixture is also against AFC East opposition as they make the long trip south to take on the Miami Dolphins on October 11th.

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