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
Texans will be missing the heart of their defense, Brian Cushing, who is out with a torn ACL suffered last week against the Jets.
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.
Defense starts with a sack on the first play and a three-and-out on the first series. Hope that’s an omen…
Ok, I just saw the #Packers pull a guard. No, really…
MM in pregame talk: “We have to take advantage of our big play opportunities.” They miss one to James Jones, get one to Jordy Nelson. TD Packers.
So glad Alex Green is finally healthy and getting a full shot at the RB job.
Obviously, Cobb needs more work on how to execute the back shoulder play…
Packers punt team has been fantastic so far. Have pinned the Texans twice inside their five yard line already.
Obviously, the Packers are going to try to force Matt Schaub to beat them…
Clay Matthews is clearly possessed today.
Imagine if the Packers played this hard last week? 48-3 maybe?
DB tried to put a lick on James Jones on the sideline and hit a brick wall. Jones never flinched.
James Jones: The guy that has been traded multiple times by Packers fans…
Not to be negative, but how more sick does this make you about the Packers pitiful performance against the Colts?
So, now that we know the #Packers are capable of playing with emotion, we will see this every week, right?
And their is your once-a-game Sam Shields phantom interference call.
If Rodgers starts seeing the simple pass in front of him like that once again short dump off to Green), the rest of the league will be in big trouble.
TD: Rodgers to Nelson: Best pass Rodgers has thrown all season. Shades of 2011…
Can the #Packers keep this level of effort up for 60 minutes? They’ll need to against this team.
Up 21-7, Capers suddenly going soft in pass coverage, Andre Johnson with an 8 yard cushion. Dom, that’s not how you got where you are this game…
Packers 21 Texans 10
Packers vs. Texans – First Impressions – Second Half:
What the hell changed with the Packers offensive line? They deserve a boatload of credit.
JJ Watt not endearing himself to friends back in Wisconsin tonight – mocking the Packers celebrations.
Absolutely fantastic that Marshall Newhouse resisted the temptation to retaliate after being punched 3 times. Packers playing smart. Texans not so much… Penalties gives the Packers a TD instead of a field goal.
This inquiring mind wants to know: Was there a #Packers “Come to Jesus” meeting this week?
Chris Collingsworth just said something intelligent: “AJ hawk is playing better than he has in a long time.” > I’ll add: all season…
Certainly, Hawk is having maybe his best season as a Packer. Obviously, the haircut made all the difference.
Tom Crabtree with a great job of faking to block on his TD pass off the play action. Gutsy 3rd and one call that worked.
My master plan of picking against the #Packers for the first time in two seasons to reverse the course of nature is obviously working.
I hope the Packers players remember how much fun they’re having tonight playing with such passion.
Saine injured. Packers will be scouring the waiver wire for running back depth this week.
Just saw a “Holy Shit” from MM on Jones’ one-hand catch.
Packers paying a steep price for this win with injuries…
Casey Hayward is going to be scary good…
haha. As I write that, he intercepts a pass in the end zone…
Even the things Hayward was not supposed to be that good at (man coverage, for one) he’s doing well.
The bloom is off the rose for JJ Watt back in Wisconsin. How does mocking the Packers feel now, JJ?
Packers 42 Texans 24
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.