The Best and the Wurst: Texans at Packers

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Aaron Rodgers

Some might feel that it’s too easy to put Rodgers here every week, but the fact of the matter is that earlier this season Rodgers was far from a lock for the Packers’ best in any particular game. He’s turned things around, however. Rodgers outgunned Brock Osweiler in sloppy conditions, finishing with 209 yards for 2 TDs and 0 INTs. That was good enough for a 108.9 QB Rating. He did have the lost fumble early in the game, but that was just about the only bad moment for Rodgers on the afternoon.

Jordy Nelson

Rodgers turned to his most trusted target on Sunday, hitting Nelson 8 times for 118 yards and a TD. Nelson was wide open on his touchdown catch, but he made some fantastic catches throughout the course of the game.

Morgan Burnett

Burnett was a presence on defense. He was flying around the field making plays. Burnett picked up a fumble early in the first quarter and took it deep into Houston territory. He also lead the team with 9 total tackles and came away with a pass defensed. Burnett is clearly the most unsung veteran leader on defense.

Snow at Lambeau

Is there anything more beautiful?

 

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James Starks

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Packers Post-Game Post Mortem

Packers pulled off a victory on a snowy yet soggy afternoon at Lambeau. It wasn’t pretty. It was sloppy at times, but the Pack managed to eke out a victory and remain in the hunt for a Wild Card playoff berth. Only wished it had been five degrees colder. The jeans would not have gotten soaked that way. But even the slushy rain couldn’t stop the Packers today. They are tied now two games behind Detroit in the NFC and tied with Minnesota with six losses.

  • Remember how Rodgers said they were going to run the table, and everyone laughed? Well, two games into that declaration, and he’s not incorrect.
  • Rodgers was clearly hampered by his injured left hamstring. While he was able to take off and run if the play collapsed, he was not the nimble and mobile quarterback we have seen as recently as a few weeks ago. But this doesn’t appear to be the same doom and gloom of the torn calf muscle from a few years ago. He got the job done today. Two TDs in the air, completed 20 of 30 passes for 209 yards and a QB rating of 108.9. That would be three straight games with a rating above 100. Not too shabby considering he was room temperature range for a part of the season.
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Early Bird Breakdown Week 13 – Texans @ Packers

Early Bird Breakdown Week 13 – Texans @ Packers

Hello and welcome back to Early Bird Breakdown. It’s week thirteen of the regular season for the Packers and they get to return home after a rough road trip. Before diving into the game, let’s look at the recap from last week.

The Recap:

Seemingly out of no where Green Bay’s defense emerged and played a physical and strong game against Philadelphia. Aaron Rodgers was incredibly efficient and Davante Adams had a very impressive game and looks like he is playing with confidence. Green Bay won 27-13.

The Breakdown:

Packers’ Offense vs Texans’ Defense:

The Texans bring to Green Bay the league’s 4th ranked defense, but they are not at full strength. While star defensive end JJ Watt has not been in the lineup since undergoing back surgery earlier this season, now the Texans will be without their second most talented pass rusher in Jadeveon Clowney who is ruled out with a wrist injury. Not only are the Texans hurt at getting to the quarterback, the way the Packers offensive line is playing it will be very difficult to get to Rodgers.

With Rodgers likely to be well protected without the Texans blitzing (and he always eats up defenses when they over commit) he should have throwing lanes versus the Texans. While the Texans secondary is more than talented enough to keep the game close, the Packers should be able to score 24-27 pretty easily, which with how bad Houston’s offense is should easily be enough.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Season saved?

Oh I definitely remember the last time the Packers played the Texans, and you do too.  It was the “shhhhhhh” game.  Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has made a career of playing with a chip on his shoulder and backing up bold statements.  People remember “shhhhhh”, they remember R-E-L-A-X, will they remember “run the table”?

Why the Packers will win: The Texans don’t match up well with the Packers at all.  They would like to run the ball.  That’s something that the Packers have not been allowing in great numbers except against Dallas and when they’d stretched thin focusing on the pass because of an injured defensive backfield.  Houston will try and the run the ball and when they try throw it they’ll have to do it with Brock Osweiler.  Osweiler is not good.

Houston is just average defensively.  They currently rank 14th in DVOA, and 12th against the pass (that’s the number that matters with the way GB is calling plays).  To contrast Philadelphia was ranked 3rd overall in DVOA, and 2nd against the pass.  This is a weaker defense that’s playing at Lambeau field, instead of on the road.

Why the Texans will win: I haven’t doe this in a while, but……. they won’t!

Bottom Line: This is the game that will either provide belief for the rest of the season or prove that what happened in Philadelphia was a fluke.  If the Packers are able to win, they’ll even their record at 6-6 and draw even with Minnesota.  The goal, of course is to get to the week 17 game in Detroit with a chance to win the division.

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It’s Time for the Packers to Utilize Christine Michael

On Monday night the Green Bay Packers offense awoke from its slumber and dropped 27 points on a pretty decent Philadelphia Eagles defense. While Aaron Rodgers had his best game of the season and receivers like Davante Adams are starting to carve up opposing secondaries, the Packers offense is still decidedly one-sided. As good as Rodgers is, if the Packers want to continue their playoff push through December, they’re going to have to find some kind of ground attack.

The Packers just haven’t been the same since the dual-injuries of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. In the last three weeks, the Packers have averaged just 76.6 rushing yards per game. Aaron Rodgers has accounted for nearly 38% of those yards. If you subtract those numbers from Green Bay’s totals, the Packers’ running backs (including Ty Montgomery) are averaging just 47 rushing yards per game. That’s atrocious.

When James Starks returned from his injury three weeks ago in Tennessee, he actually looked fairly good in limited carries. While the Packers got behind big time too early to really lean on Starks, he was able to pick up 33 yards on 7 carries, good enough for 4.7 yards per carry. Since then, however, Starks’ numbers have dropped. On 9 carries in Washington he picked up only 25 yards (2.8 yards per carry). On Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, Starks ran with the ball 17 times but could pick up only 41 yards (2.4 yards per carry).

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Packers need to build momentum

Hey, would you look at that. The Packers won. Not only did they win, they didn’t get in their own way most of the time. I’ll be honest. I fully expected them to lose this past Monday in Philadelphia. Instead, rumors of their demise is greatly exaggerated. While one win does not a winning streak make, its still better than the alternative. And definitely better than a kick in the head.

No, they didn’t just beat the Vikings. And this wasn’t a win against the Seahawks. But no one broke in half. Rodgers’ hamstring doesn’t appear to sound all that bad (famous last words, I know.) And the defense didn’t completely fall apart. Oh, and Schum actually kicked one farther than my fifth grader.

So where do they go from here? The have to capitalize on the strides made this past week and look forward, not backwards. (Sometimes easier said than done.)

Aaron Rodgers needs to be healthy looking beyond this week.

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Breaking Down Green Bay vs Philadelphia

The Packers finally got back in the win column. While some writers are blathering on about replacing Mike McCarthy (me!), the Packer coaching staff put together a winning formula for this week. Here’s a breakdown of my thoughts on the game:

The Good

Aaron Rodgers looked like the best Quarterback in football. Rodgers has quietly been brilliant over the last month. If the Packers defense had done its part, the Packers would be in a tighter race with the Lions and Vikings, and Rodgers would be in the MVP conversation.

Davante Adams looked great. While Jordy continues to struggle to regain his explosiveness, Adams has become Rodgers go-to guy. He showed explosiveness and crisp route running last night. Adams always had a knack for making the spectacular play (and he certainly did that), but he’s been much more consistent on making the routine ones lately.

Mike McCarthy had a great gameplan. The short passing game is back! The Packers threw quick outs, rubs, and slants, and consistently let their receivers catch and run. In turn, that set up the deep passing game. My hope is this game planning continues because if teams have to prepare for the short game, deep passes are finally going to open up.

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