Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) runs down the sideline after breaking a tackle by Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) during the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Packers won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

What a Difference a week makes for the Packers


Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) runs after a catch against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Packers defeated the Texans 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Last week the Green Bay Packers were coming off a historic collapse at Indy. It was a new low for this year’s Packers and it caused quite a stir. Coach McCarthy said his team was not playing up to expectations. Players were complaining about the play calling, and some players were even starting to turn on each other.

With all the distractions, dissension, and injuries piling up, the Packers seemed on the brink of collapse as they headed down to Houston to face the undefeated Texans.  Most teams would have crumbled under such circumstances.

The Packers are not most teams

This became very evident as they took the field Sunday.  Gone was the leaky offensive line and the defense that couldn’t stop anyone. Gone were the stupid penalties, the confusion, and the complacency. It was replaced by a hungry, aggressive, hell bent team that was out to prove to everyone….they were nobody’s underdog.

The Packers were playing one of the best running teams in the NFL, and were missing their best defensive lineman. Didn’t matter …

They were playing a team that had not lost at home this year, while they were yet to win on the road. Didn’t matter …

They were playing one of the best defenses in the NFL, without a healthy Finley, Benson, or Jennings. Still didn’t matter

The only thing that mattered Sunday to the Packers was redemption. They lost much more than a game Oct 7th at Indy. They lost their pride. For the first time in a while they were being viewed outside of the elite, as underdogs, as mediocre.

When it was all over Sunday the Packers left Houston victorious in what was an amazing one sided victory against one of the nfl’s best teams.  Most will point to Rodgers and his six touchdowns. Or, the turnovers and pressure the defense created.

To me it was the confidence the Packers showed during the game that was the most impressive. You could see it in the faces of the Packers players, and their coaches, everyone knew it. The Pack was back!!

For the first time this year the Packers looked like the team they once were, and hopefully can be again.

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