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Packers vs. Texans Review: Statement Win

Sunday’s preview started with the word desperate, and it was mentioned many times that the Packers needed to play that way in order to beat the Texans on Sunday night. Well, did the Packers play that way, and then some. The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and kept their foot on the gas pedal for the whole game, crushing the Texans 42-24. Each team played like the opposing team’s record on Sunday night. The Packers played like the undefeated team; showing a great balance on offense, marching down the field at will, and making opportunistic plays on defense. On the other hand, the Texans played like the 2-3 team. The Texans showed no flow on offense, gave up big play after big play on defense, and crouched in the fetal position once the Packers jumped out to the 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Sunday’s game was the break out performance from Aaron Rodgers that all Packer Backers were waiting for since the season began. Since the game was played in Texas, Aaron Rodgers played the role of butcher, carving up the Houston secondary for 338 yards and a career high 6 touchdowns. Rodgers didn’t just carve up simple flank steaks or rib-eyes, he carved up filet mignons. It wasn’t just what Aaron Rodgers did on Sunday night, but it was how he did it. Besides the tipped ball at the line of scrimmage in the first half, Rodgers didn’t even let the Houston defense sniff the ball. All of the throws he made, whether they were back shoulder, quick slants, screens, or deep balls, were right on the money every time. The receiver who benefited the most from Rodgers’ play was Jordy Nelson, catching 9 balls, for 121 yards and 3 Touchdowns. One the other side of the ball, the Packers defense pressured Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub the entire game, sacking him 3 times and intercepting him twice. Once the Packers jumped out to the early lead, this gave the defense the ability to be aggressive on defense, blitzing on a regular basis and stumping the Schaub frequently. What lead to the constant pressure being put on Schaub was the Packers making the Texans running game basically non-exsistant. This forced the Texans to throw the ball more than they would have liked to, disrupting their offense. The Packers defense held the Texans to 90 yards rushing, when they were averaging 143 yards heading into the game. I never thought I would say this about the Packers defense, but the game plan of stuffing the run, and forcing the Texans to throw was a genius one.

Another thing about the Packers that was great Sunday night was that they had great balance on offense; 37 passes to 31 rushing attempts. The Packers offense, to be 100% effective, needs to be committed to running the ball and then that sets up their play action game over the top of the opposing defense. Second year player Alex Green got the start at running back with Cedric Benson being injured, and I have to say he looked good. Green’s numbers were not mind blowing by any means; 22 carries for 65 yards, but I loved his attacking style of running. I feel like Benson is more of a finesse runner, waiting for the holes to open up for him. Green on the other hand, is going to make the hole if their isn’t one by just plowing through the defensive line. I know this is a Packers Blog, but one thing I will say about the Texans is that I thought their body language was terrible once they were down 14-0 Sunday night. Seeing how the word was “desperate” going into the game for the Packers, the Texans didn’t seem desperate to come back at any point in time. Whenever Matt Schaub came off the field after a three and out, his expression looked like he was just waking up from a two day bender and was starting directly into the sun. It was almost the look of “Well, we play in an absolute garbage division, so what if we get blown out today, we’re still getting a 1 or 2 seed and at least a home game.” Sunday night was a statement win by the Packers. Hopefully they can keep that going into this coming Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

If I do say so myself, not a bad prediction on my part about Aaron Rodgers against the Houston secondary.

My prediction: 350+ yards and 4 TD’s

Actual Game Results:  338 yards and 6 TD’s

 


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