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Packers-Texans: First half thoughts

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Another solid first half for the Packers.  Aaron Rodgers looked like he was much more in synch with his wide receivers against a very good Houston secondary.  Once again, keeping Rodgers upright and giving him time to extend plays is so important.

 

After a slow start to the season Jordy Nelson is heating up.  His numbers of five catches, 82 yards and two scores in one half looks more like 2011 numbers.  Again, without Greg Jennings everyone else has to pick up the slack.  Team wide there were a few drops in the first half but by and large everyone has been doing their jobs.

 

Certainly the one thing the Packers had going in their favor this week was the fact that Houston needs to adjust to life without Brian Cushing.  It looked like his absence was felt in that first half.

 

Arian Foster's first half numbers look very encouraging.  I noted earlier that if B.J. Raji isn't out there Foster could run wild but we haven't seen it so far.  22 yards on 13 carries is just what you want to see.  Bottling up Foster could open things up for receiver Andre Johnson but as always as long as the explosive plays are kept to a minimum it's okay if he sees a lot of targets.

 

Health will be important in the second half.  The Packers lost linebackers Nick Perry and D.J. Smith and likely can't afford to lose any more bodies along the front seven.

 

The Packers did what they had to do in the first half.  The question now is can they finish it out?

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