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Will Packers Provide the Encore We Expect?

Posted December 2nd, 2016 @ 04:12pm

Before we get started, I want to give you all a heads up that there's a fun feature about me and my Twin Cities Packers show up at packers.com: 

http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/Packers-Life-Green--GoldIn-Purple/c3d54cc7-e5c1-471b-b1c8-ae5ba0778f81

Was Monday nigh's win in Philly a one-off or will it serves as a springboard to a run at the NFC North title? The question will be answered Sunday afternoon when the Pack finally returns to Lambeau for some December football.

Here come the Texans, losers of two straight, yet hanging on to the lead in the muddled AFC South. Here comes a Texans team built on defense and running the football. A team that invested tens of millions of dollars in Brock Osweiler. If they could rewind the clock and undo the deal, they would do it in one second. Added bonus, JJ Watt wouldn't be injured yet.

Osweiler has done nothing to justify the team's ridiculous investment. He's turned all world wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins into a mere mortal. The team's offensive shortcomings, including a banged up Lamar Miller, should be precisely what the doctor ordered for the Pack's beleaguered defense.

We can thank the Eagles' mediocre skill position players in part for the Pack's defensive renaissance on Monday night. The Texans bring in a similar type of group, Hopkins not withstanding. With Damarius Randall having one healthy game under his belt and Quentin Rollins playing much better on Monday, the secondary appears healthy enough for the challenge the Texans provide.

As usual, it will start with the run defense. Lamar Miller will be the team's offensive focal point, and the Pack needs to keep him under wraps. Bill O'Brien would like nothing more than keeping Aaron Rodgers and company off the field by extending drives and chewing up the clock. Maybe the Pack gets Jake Ryan back, after it sounded like he'd be ready last Monday. Ryan's presence would be huge, especially if Clay Matthews' shoulder keeps him out, or limits his effectiveness.

The Packers' success is always wrapped around Rodgers and we have no idea the severity of his hamstring injury. Conventional wisdom: the Packers are on a short week and it hasn't had a chance to calm down completely. So Mike McCarthy will keep him from under center and continue to move the ball the way they did in Philly, with a quick rhythm passing game, where #12 gets rid of the ball quickly and lets his receivers do the work after the catch. Needless to say, the weapon that is Rodgers' legs will be kept on ice this weekend.

Assuming Rodgers is close to healthy, the Packers should be able to handle the Texans' defense. The loss of Watt would be tough for any defense; the unit continues to play well though, led by linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Merciless. Coordinator Romeo Crennell loves to blitz a lot because his back end can't cover anyone. Provided the Pack's offensive line can continue to dominate the line of scrimmage and keep Rodgers upright, the Pack's passing game should flourish.

There have been no guarantees at Lambeau for the past year and change, losing two of the last three. But with three December games at home, this is the time of year the team needs to reclaim their football palace. Can't see this team not building on what they did on Monday night.

Packers 27  Texans 17

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Comments (3):

Dave, congrats on the Packers.com article!

on December 2nd, 2016 at 01:45pm

very nice Davey, well done. should be very proud. nice to see what Dave and Lori look like now. now we just have to convert Jackson, I have 1 daughter who is vikes fan, since 4 went there and her boyfriend is vikies fan. it was fun to watch.except having Polly on it, just kidding. on the game, just like I said last post, don't take this for granted cause were at home. texans are very good against the pass, top 6, so little worried with 12 not being able to move. all on o line again. things go right, and there qb throws us 2 picks, we win 30-24,

on December 2nd, 2016 at 02:43pm

The rays of sun have been peaking through the clouds since Monday night in Philly but the sky hasn't entirely cleared. The Packers still need to win out or nearly so and have some help to get in for an 8th straight year. They should beat the Texans but we said similar things about the Colts a month ago. But as it has been for all but one or two of the last 25 years December football will be both interesting and relevant with the Pack again. PS: great Packers.com feature. I posted it on Packerforum.com for the Green Bay world to see.

on December 4th, 2016 at 05:01am

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