Championship stage groups don’t let one loss linger.
They strategy the next week with a laser focus and discover a method to get again on monitor.
That’s precisely what the Green Bay Packers did Sunday.
It stays to be seen if these Packers are a championship stage workforce. But they took a step in that path with a 35-20 dismantling of host Houston.
Green Bay improved to 5-1, and in the meanwhile, is tied with Chicago for first place within the NFC North Division. Houston fell to 1-6.
Here’s the great, unhealthy and ugly from Green Bay’s victory.
RESILIENCY: The Packers had been with out left sort out David Bakhtiari and working again Aaron Jones — arguably two of their top-five gamers. Green Bay was additionally with out beginning cornerback Kevin King and security Darnell Savage — two extra of its top-15 gamers.
Somehow, although, the Packers routed a Houston workforce that was attempting to save lots of its season.
Billy Turner moved from proper sort out to the left facet and held up effectively. Veteran Ricky Wagner stepped in and held the fort at proper sort out.
On the defensive facet, cornerback Josh Jackson and security Will Redmond stepped in for King and Savage, and by some means the protection performed profitable soccer.
AARON RODGERS: One week after Rodgers had a nightmarish efficiency in opposition to Tampa Bay, he was again to an MVP-level in opposition to Houston.
Rodgers was 23-of-34 for 283 yards and 4 landing passes. Rodgers completed with a passer score of 132.Three.
He threw a pair of touchdowns to Davante Adams, and one every to vast receiver Malik Taylor and tight finish Jace Sternberger.
Last week, Rodgers accomplished simply 16-of-35 passes for 160 yards with no landing passes, two interceptions and a quarterback score of 35.Four.
DAVANTE ADAMS: Green Bay’s Pro Bowl receiver had among the finest video games of his profession with 13 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Adams’ 196 yards had been essentially the most by a Packer vast receiver since Jordy Nelson’s 209 in 2014. Adams additionally completed one reception away from the franchise report, which he already holds a chunk of.
THE DEFENSE: Green Bay’s protection has struggled all yr and entered Sunday simply 20th in scoring protection (27.Eight). But the Packers had arguably their most interesting efficiency of the yr in opposition to the Texans.
Houston bought subsequent to nothing accomplished within the first half as Green Bay constructed a 21-Zero lead on the break. And thrice within the second half because the Texans had an opportunity to make issues fascinating, the protection stepped up.
First, with the Texans in a 28-7 gap, they drove to the Packers’ Eight-yard line. On third down, although, Green Bay security Adrian Amos sacked quarterback Deshaun Watson for a 12-yard loss.
With Houston down, 28-10, it reached the Packers’ Eight-yard line as soon as once more. On third down, although, security Vernon Scott dumped Duke Johnson for a Three-yard loss and the Texans needed to accept one other area aim.
Then on Houston’s final gasp, it trailed, 28-13, and had a fourth-and-1 at its personal 47. Watson ran an possibility play to the left, however Packers outdoors linebacker Preston Smith sniffed it out and dumped Watson for a 1-yard loss.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Packers went Three-for-Three within the purple zone within the first half and Four-for-Four total. … Green Bay was 7-of-12 on third downs (58.Three%). … Jaire Alexander traveled with Texans’ main receiver Will Fuller and held him to a few catches for 35 yards and a rubbish time landing.
REMEMBER RANDALL?: The Packers could not cowl slot nook Randall Cobb, who completed with workforce highs in each receptions (eight) and yards (95). Cobb, who performed in Green Bay from 2011-’18, caught 470 passes and 41 touchdowns as a Packers.
Cobb was beat up late in his Packers profession and performed simply 9 video games in 2018. Cobb clearly has one thing left, although, as he confirmed Sunday.
The Packers have by no means discovered an acceptable substitute for Cobb. And with the NFL commerce deadline approaching Nov. Three, maybe Green Bay will discover bringing him again.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Packers have been mediocre, at finest, on particular groups to start out the yr. And they went from mediocre to awful Sunday.
Green Bay led, 28-10, early within the fourth quarter when J.Ok. Scott dropped to punt. Green Bay working again Dexter Williams — who was solely energetic due to an damage to Aaron Jones — missed his block on rusher Buddy Howell.
Howell blocked the punt, Dylan Cole recovered and Houston began at Green Bay’s 22-yard line. The Packers’ protection held the Texans to a area aim, or the particular groups gaffe may have been even uglier.
Then the Texans recovered an inside kick with simply 1:30 left. Both security Adrian Amos and cornerback Chandon Sullivan had an opportunity to get well for Green Bay, however every Packer missed and Houston recovered.