The Houston Texans ran into a trapped bear Sunday night at Reliant Stadium when the 2-3 Green Back Packers came visiting. Houston came into the game at a perfect 5-0. It is well documented that Green Bay was literally “robbed” of what SHOULD have been a win in Seattle a few weeks ago when replacement officials made a HORRIBLE call on the last play of that contest. Aaron Rodgers and company KNEW they could ill afford to go to 2-4, and they looked like a team on a mission that would not be denied. When the dust settled and the game was over, the Packers left Houston at 3-3 on the young season by virtue of their 42-24 win, and Houston fell to 5-1. Green Bay travels to St. Louis this Sunday, while the Texans are at home in Reliant Stadium to take on the 5-1 Baltimore Ravens in a noon tilt.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a field day against what HAD BEEN an excellent Texans defense. He threw 6 TD passes and demolished Houston on almost every front. It was the first time he had 6 scoring passes in his NFL career, and he said after the game that the ONLY OTHER time he accomplished that was back in high school in 2001. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after the game he thought it was Rodgers best performance ever in a Packers uniform.
Rodgers was pleased with the game’s outcome and his performance when asked his thoughts in the post-game media presser. “It was a game I was into early. I felt good about the plan. I think Mike (McCarthy) called a really good game, and that gave me some chances to take some really good shots. The line did a great job protecting for the most part. I stepped into one sack and we had an adjustment off of a run that was kinda the other sack, so we did a good job of protecting, we had several big plays, both of James’ catches were excellent for touchdowns. This was an important game for us. We’ve had a couple not go our way; games we should have won. 2-4 would have been a rough position with a tough schedule still to play. We’ve got another road game next week, and a lot of good teams on our schedule and five division games still left, and you can’t add up too many losses early in the season, especially the way that Chicago’s playing right now. We can’t afford to get too far behind them.”
Coach McCarthy was very pleased with his team and the outcome, as evidenced by his comments to the media after the game. “(It was a) Very good victory for our football team tonight. I was very pleased with the way we came out of the tunnel. I thought the energy level was excellent from the first snap to the conclusion of the game. Our goal was obviously to come in here and beat a very good football team, very well coached, talented football team in a great environment here in Houston. We were able to accomplish that, but unfortunately we have some injuries that appear to be some very serious injuries, and we’ll have to recover from that and move on to St. Louis. I thought our football team had great energy and productivity in the first quarter and that was really our message at halftime; to continue and finish. I thought we took a step as a team tonight and beat a very good and well-coached team in the Houston Texans.”
The sentiments in the opposite locker room weren’t quite as positive. Coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t a very happy camper after seeing his team fall the first time. “First off, congratulations to Green Bay. They came in here and got after us pretty good in all three phases. It’s a tough league. There are no excuses here. We got beat across the board. They got after us early. We got down early. Not a football team you want to get down to, I can tell you that from that standpoint. Then we struggled picking up some of their stuff. Like I said, they did a hell of a job. They deserve a lot of credit. We played poorly as a football team, so I’m disappointed in myself. We’re all disappointed. We got our tails kicked.”
HOPEFULLY, the Texans can regroup and get a win Sunday against the Ravens. It will potentially be a little easier due to an untimely injury to longtime linebacker Ray Lewis. He is out for the season, and possibly played his last game in the NFL last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Lewis sustained a torn triceps. You never want to see a superstar gone for the season, but if it had to happen, the Texans are glad it came about BEFORE their game with Baltimore.