Huge Victory

Here are my unedited notes from last nights Packer Game against Houston.

Packers vs Texans

Almost a playoff game in my opinion. Lose tonight and winning the division will be tough

1st Quarter

Alex Green has potential. Like his running style.  Thought Bensen was good before injury but just never felt the energy.

Early Jordy sighting. He was on the Cris Carter’s Missing Persons list on ESPN’s NFL Countdown.

Defensive front line looks good with solid rush and push.

Michelle is going to want a Cobb jersey for Christmas.

Could possibly be the best quarter of football the Packers have played all season.

2nd Quarter

Run defense is still good but looks like Texans need to switch cleats. The RB’s are slipping a good amount.  No one on TV is talking about this

Offensive line is giving Rodgers plenty of time. 2nd TD to Jordy was a laser.

Kick return and Kick Coverage has been very solid also

Less than thrilled with Finley’s performance this season and the OPI is going to keep me on that path

Bordering on the best half they have played all season.  And Packers start with the ball in the third!

3rd Quarter

How is not a flag when JJ Watt pulls Rodgers helmet off on the sack?

Controlling the clock and ball–somewhat impressive.

Good to see ex-Bear Danieal Manning show his mad talents to give Pack a first and goal

6:44 drive to start the 3rd!!

An AJ Hawk sighting!  He is playing very well so far this season

Packers have the Texans baffled when Houston has the ball and the crowd is booing

Another slip and fall on a cut back from Foster

Packers lead in yards 326-210 and time of possession is closer than Houston would like

4th Quarter

Offensive play calling has been superior tonight. Crabtree with a great catch and run.

Would be great to get a turnover with 14 left in the game

JINX and Shields gets the INT

Alex Green has more yards than Arian Foster by almost double. Think about that for a second.  Packers rushing well and Defense holding Texans in check.

6 TD passes in a game!  Wow!  Ties Matt Flynn for the record.

Packers are making the Texans look very average

Blocked  punt – That was the real first mistake of the game. Can’t get sloppy when you want to be a champion.

Should be 6-3 heading into the bye week

Overall this was the best performance of the season.  Neutralized JJ Watt and the Texans front four, and kept them on their heels. Cannot stress enough that the play calling was well timed to keep the Texans guessing all night.

Time to Circle the Wagons

By now everyone has seen the ending of the Packer/Seahawk game from Monday Night football.

From a Coach perspective, the Packers have to move on.  They probably have off today and/or very light workouts but that is about it. Wednesday comes around and they must start preparing for the Saints.  Because if they want to make a run this season, the first step is beating the 0-3 Saints.  The schedule is actually in Green Bay’s favor and they could still be 6-2 at the break.  That is if pass protection and defense stay solid like they did in the 2nd half Monday night.  They also need to run the ball to stop the cover 2 defense.  I have never coached football, but have coached swimming with enough heart break that, the best thing to do is to get back in the water and keep training.  In this case, the NFL might issue an apology to the Packers, but it will still be a loss.

The Fan in me tells me that this is the way it goes.  The Packers should have never been in the situation to start.  The roughing the passer on the INT negated a turnover.  I second guessed even punting the ball before the last possession.  I would have rather taken a safety, and then free kicked and forced them to get into field goal range.  I hate a three man rush on situations like that drive because there is no pressure and gives the QB all the time he wants.  But that is the fan in me.

We have all seen blown calls by full time referees so a missed called happens.  I can think of a couple of baseball  playoff missed calls right off the top of my head.  Hell, who can remember the ball that Bob Boone hit that the fan robbed Ben Oglivie in Game 3 of the ALCS?  You do know that was why the yellow railing was installed at County Stadium.

I am wearing my Badger stuff today because I think Russell Wilson will be a good QB someday.  He go burned not once but twice as a Senior at Wisconsin on last minute long passes, so it is good to see him on the winning side.  He is a good person as well.  If you do not follow him on twitter, you should at @DangeRussWilson

As a member of society as a whole, and this should come to no surprise to anyone, I am going to still stand with the NFL and not the locked out officials.  I am a firm believer in asking for what you think you are worth, but you cannot loose sight of what you already have.  The average NFL Official is a part time employee working less than 20 hours a week for roughly 20 weeks and makes $148,000.   That is the average.  They want more, and now want concessions for lost wages through three weeks.  This is how business works.  Both sides are trying to do what is in the best interest of their own side.  And people that think that last nights events are going to change the Commissioners stance and get this to a quick resolution are just fooling themselves.

And finally, this had no impact on me from at Fantasy Football perspective because I have moved to 3-0 in the league that I have Golden Tate on my team.  Yes, I drafted him on the day of the Auction.  He rides the bench, but I do have him on the roster.  I suppose out of principal, I should cut him for blatantly lied on TV indicating that he did not know what the reporter was talking about the obvious push off.

NFL Experience

The boy turns 10 and it would only be fitting that we travel as a family and do something fun for it. We traveled to Indianapolis for the NFL Experience in the Indianapolis Convention Center and then had a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium the next day.

We had a spectacular time and there was a ton to do.  In a way it was a blessing that it was only in the low 30’s otherwise we could have stayed two more days to do more of the outside activities.  So much fun that we discussed going to this event when it is held in other cities.

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