Shhhhhh! Aaron Rodgers, Packers will let their play speak for them the rest of the way


Aaron Rodgers will let his play speak as the Packers head into the final 10 games of 2012. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

That’s Aaron Rodgers comment to the critics who doubted the Pack thus far and I think he is right on the money.

I can’t say that the 42-24 beat down of the Texans was just what I expected, but I do know that the Packers were better than 2-3.  I’ve heard all of the media excuses for the Texans failures, but very little on the Pack  being truly BACK.  I can understand the concerns of those who resist reading too much into one game.   I think when we look back at it, this may have been the “AHA!”  moment for this year’s Pack akin to the narrow  loss to the Patriots in 2010.  That was point where the Packers gained confidence on both sides of the ball and the Packers didn’t lose another game for 364 days.

Aaron Rodgers was the 2010-11 version, spreading the ball around and extending plays with his mobility.  The receivers caught the ball when it was catchable, though not all of the TEs did great.   Alex Green and the other runners provided enough of a run threat to keep the HOU defense honest.

Defensively, Clay Matthews set the tone.  He has always drawn attention and he continually disrupted the Texans’ offensive tempo.  They shut down Arian Foster and made Matt Schaub try to beat them with his arm.  It wasn’t perfect, but they made plays when it mattered and held the Texans’ offense to 17 points.  Also key was making the interceptions when Schaub made mistakes, unlike a few earlier games this year.

I don’t want to imply that the Pack are going to make another run akin to that 19 game win streak.  After all this is still the NFL, but the game they played on Sunday night was more like that 2010-11 Packer team than the one we saw in 4 out of the 5 first games this season (and the playoff loss to the Giants).  I certainly think they will be a solid favorite in their next 4 games and if they play to this level they will be be narrow underdogs to just the Giants and the Bears(on the road) the rest of the way.  It’s a good start, let’s hope it continues.

 

 

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