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Packers-Texans: Early analysis

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Well, that's why they play the game.  It was a classic back-against-the-wall, everyone digs in, character building kind of a game.  Winning on the road in the NFL is always tough.  Winning on the road against a team that looked like the best in the NFL is about as good as it gets.

 

But you could take it one step farther: winning on the road against the best team when you're dealing with injuries and coming off a shocking loss, well again, that's why they play the game.  Is this the season-turning win like the Dallasgame in '09 or the Sunday night Minnesota game in 2010?  Time will tell.

 

For now the Packers got the best of both worlds: an offense that looked like 2011 and a defense that looked like 2010.  You can certainly start with the performance of Aaron Rodgers.  338 yards, six touchdowns and some jaw-dropping throws.  He spread the ball around and got big-time numbers from Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones.  Everybody chipped in with the absence of Greg Jennings.

 

Defensively the Packers took away Houston's vaunted running game by neutralizing Arian Foster.  Then when it became a shootout, rather than giving up big gains like last year, the defense looked more like 2010 by nabbing three interceptions on three straight possessions.

 

This was by far the Packers best game of the season at a time when they absolutely needed their best effort.  Now can the Packers parlay this into a snowball of momentum leading into the bye week?  If so, they should be on track for another deep postseason run.

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