Lynn Dickey passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns, two coming in the third quarter on throws to fullback Jessie Clark that broke open the game, as the Green Bay Packers rolled to a 45-17 victory today over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers (4-7), with Gerry Ellis gaining 107 yards on 10 carries, won their third straight. They gained a season-high 513 yards. Minnesota (3-8) played its third straight game without injured quarterback Tommy Kramer.
Minnesota Coach Les Steckel, after watching his team lose its sixth game in the last seven, was critical of several of his players. "We had a handful of guys who quit," he said. "We'll take care of that."
Dickey's touchdown passes to Clark came after the Vikings had rallied to tie at 17 on a 28-yard screen pass from Wade Wilson to Alfred Anderson with 12:11 left in the third quarter.
The Packers got two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with Dickey throwing a 63-yard pass to James Lofton with 13:07 remaining and Ellis scoring from the six with 10:01 to go.
Lofton, with four catches for 119 yards, passed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving for the fourth time in five years.
"The way we're playing right now, I can say it's one of the best teams we've ever had," Ellis said. "I wish we would have started this way back at the beginning of the season because we do have a team that can win a lot of games in a row. I think we can win all the rest of our games."