Packers 42, Texans 24: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: SHHHHHH! He’s BAAAAAAAAAAACK!

The Green Bay Packers sent one message to their critics and their fans that had already marked their season as lost. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers perhaps said it best in a post-game interview with NBC:


The Packers upset the previously undefeated Houston Texans 42-24 in their own building to move to 3-3 on the season.   It was an emphatic win that put the rest of the NFL on notice that there is nothing wrong with Aaron Rodgers and that despite the loss of three members of the defense (Nick Perry, D.J. Smith and Sam Shelds) to injury, the defense could make plays and shut down one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks.

It was stunning victory even the most optimistic Packer fan didn’t see coming.

Who stepped up this week and who stepped down?

Game Balls

QB Aaron Rodgers

All week, Rodgers took questions about what was wrong with the Packers and more specifically what was wrong with him.   Rodgers to his credit put full blame on himself, saying that he needed to play better.

On NBC last night, Chris Collinsworth mentioned when he and Al Michaels met with Rodgers in the days before the game and they both noted how angry the reigning NFL MVP sounded.  They said he told them he was sick and tired of being asked about what was wrong with the Packers.  Michaels and Collinsworth quoted Rodgers as saying, “The sky is falling on the outside, but everything is just fine on the inside.”

Rodgers took those words and took out his frustration on the Texans in his most brilliant game this season and perhaps even one of the most brilliant of his career.  Rodgers tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes as he completed 24 of 37 passes for 338 yards.

Want proof Rodgers played with extra fire?  Even though it was called back due to a holding penalty, when Rodgers scrambled for a touchdown run he spiked the ball incredibly hard in the end zone and performed his “title belt” celebration with more fire than anyone had ever seen before.

Rodgers was playing angry.  If that fire continues throughout the rest of the season, the rest of the league is in deep trouble.

WR James Jones



Packers vs. Texans – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 42 HOU 24

Tom Crabtree, Jordy Nelson, Packers vs Texans

Crabtree and Nelson celebrate a Packers TD

Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans:

My unfitered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

Inactive for Packers today:

  • S Sean Richardson
  • CB Davon House
  • LB Terrell Manning
  • G Greg Van Roten
  • TE D.J. Williams
  • WR Greg Jennings
  • DT B.J. Raji

Inactive for Texans today:

  • QB Roc Carmichael
  • CB Brandon Harris
  • S Quintin Demps
  • OT Andrew Gardner
  • OG Cody White
  • OG Brandon Brooks
  • LB Barrett Rudd

Game Notes:

Texans will be missing the heart of their defense, Brian Cushing, who is out with a torn ACL suffered last week against the Jets.


Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Daughter’s 21st birthday: A big day and it makes me feel old.

Team’s psyche: They’re confidant and ready to go. We knew this was going to be a tough one when the schedule came out. We respect the Texans.  Sunday night is always an exciting time to play.  Our guys are ready to go.

Noise: Yes, this is going to be a great environment. It’s my first time in this stadium, the only one I haven’t been in. We practice a lot for these conditions

Practice: We’re always working on improv ing our practices. We aren’t making any excuses. Our practices this week, I was very pleased with the walk throughs and the meetings.

Raji out: Ryan Pickett has been playing some nose, so it’s not a problem. Our DL will be challenged today.

Finley: We’re not going to approach this game like he’s 100%. We need to be smart about it, so he’ll be on a rep count. Finley wants to play and is ready to try to play through this injury. Says a lot about him.

Texans: Very talented team, they play very well to their strengths. Important for us to knock them off their rhythm and off their spots. That’s our plan.

JJ Watt: Very talented young man. To be playing the position he’s playing and so well. As talented as any DE we’ve seen on tape.

Keys to the game: 1)turnover ratio.  2)Take advantage of big play opportunities.



Packers vs. Texans – First Impressions – First Half:

Texans win the toss and choose to receive the ball.



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Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans: Key Matchups

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt has been the NFL’s best defensive player so far in 2012

The Green Bay Packers have a big road matchup on Sunday Night Football against the Houston Texans.  It’s a tough matchup following an tough loss at Indianapolis last weekend.  The Texans are clearly one of the best teams in the NFL and are undefeated at 5-0.

The Packers will need to put together their best overall performance in order to get a win.  Doing so would be big step in the right direction for the Pack.  Let’s look at the key matchups that will likely factor into the outcome.

Texans DE JJ Watt vs. PackersBryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton

Normally a QB matchup would lead off this segment but JJ Watt is the most important guy on the field for the Texans right now.  He leads the NFL in sacks with 8.5 and talk of his being Defensive Player of the Year has already begun.

The Texans run a base 3-4 and Watt lines up on the left side of the line.  Because of his skill set, Watt can stunt outside or in and will likely matchup against both Bulaga and Sitton along with C Jeff Saturday.  Houston will likely mix it up in order to keep the Packer OL off balance and create favorable matchups.  Any success by Watt spells trouble for the Packer offense.

Bulaga’s play has dropped off, at least statistically this season.  Our very own Adam Czech breaks it down further.  As mentioned, the Packers are going to have to turn in one of their most technically sound games to come out with a win.  This rings especially true for the O line and Bulaga.  Confidence is a big part of a player’s success on the field.  In addition to the fundamentals, Bulaga needs to come in determined to win his matchups.

Sitton continues to be one of the Pack’s best O linemen, but the line as a whole has not been consistent.  He will surely have his hands full with DT Shaun Cody as well as Watt.  Again, confidence is key to Sitton’s performance.  It’s the one factor he can control and improve between now and game time.  Houston’s pass rush has been effective this year and keeping Watt at bay will help neutralize a majority of it.  It will also dramatically increase Green Bay’s chances of winning this one.



Packers vs. Texans Week 6 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 6: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 2-3 Green Bay Packers 37-34(OT)
Mike McCarthy does his best work when his team’s back is against the wall.  Late 2010 with all the injuries piling up seems similar to the situation the Packers currently find themselves in. If the Packers have any pride left, this is the game they make a stand.  I refuse to believe McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers will not go down without a fight.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 2-3 Houston Texans 23-21
This is a desperate attempt to jinx the Texans. I haven’t picked against the Packers since the 2010 season, and while an upset here of the favored Texans would not surprise me at all, I figure the Packers need some help. So, I’m going with the Texans in hope my pick goes horribly wrong. Confused? Me too…
Adam Czech 3-2 Houston Texans 28-20
I want to believe the Packers will win. I really do. But I don’t. Randall Cobb will be the key to this game. If he gets a return TD and goes off on a somewhat shaky Texans secondary, you never know……
Marques Eversoll 2-3 Green Bay Packers 24-23
It’s only week six, but the Packers are desperate for a win. And a win against the undefeated Texans would certainly help mask a disappointing collapse last week against the Colts. The Pack will be without Cedric Benson, but I think Alex Green will make the most of his opportunity as the lead back. Houston should shred the Packers defense, but I think Capers’ crew will be able to keep them out of the endzone and hold them to field goals. Aaron Rodgers plays his best game of the season, and the Packers get a much-needed victory on the road.
Thomas Hobbes 2-3 Green Bay Packers 34-31
Rationally, I probably should pick the Texans but I’m going to pick the Packers anyways.  The only thing I can think of going in favor of the Packers is that they know they have to win or getting into the post season will be very unlikely.  Hopefully the Texans are happy sitting at 5-0 and don’t bring their A-game against a very confused looking Packers team.  The Packers aren’t going to win a defensive game but if the Packers can make it a shootout they have a chance to win.