Control the clock
Paramount to Green Bay’s success last week was controlling the clock on offense. The Packers held possession for almost 11 minutes more than Philadelphia, making it incredibly difficult for the opposition to win.
Aaron Rodgers led drives of over six and eight minutes in the fourth quarter, the Eagles given just 4:39 to mount a comeback.
Given the defensive struggles, this is the way to succeed. Keep Dom Capers’ unit off the field for as long as possible while wearing down the opposing defense with scoring drives that melt chunks of time off the clock. The Cowboys are masters of this, who lead the league in average time of possession per game, according to TeamRankings.com.
Houston’s defense is talented, but sustaining long drives can limit their effectiveness, particularly late in the game.
Brock Osweiler’s debut season with the Texans has turned out to be a major disappointment. Giving him limited time on the field to keep pace with the Packers can lead to all-important turnovers, as we saw in Philadelphia last week.
Time of possession bears greater importance for a Packers team struggling on defense. A key to beating the Texans is to sustain long, scoring drives.