The Green Bay Packers finally put back-to-back victories on the board and finished off their three-game road trip with a 2-1 record. It didn’t go quite as I expected, losing in Indy and winning in Houston, but I’ll take it. And that win in Houston looks all the better today after what the Texans did to Baltimore yesterday in the same building.
In St. Louis the Packers’ offense continued its resurgence. Aaron Rodgers was masterful for the second straight week and even with meager output from the running game the Packers dominated the second half, The Rams dominated the first half as far as time of possession but couldn’t get in the endzone and field goals won’t get it done against the Packers.
The Packers had the ball for just 11:14 in the first half. They kept it for 11:39 in the third quarter alone. The Rams had no chance. Not when Rodgers is playing like that and not when the Packers’ defense is playing like it is. The last two weeks have both sides of the ball have played better and the results are more like what we have become accustomed to around here.
Could the Packers be starting a little roll here? There certainly are some factors working in their favor. A two game winning streak coming home to play two bad teams before the bye week. Then they start the home stretch of the season with five division games amongst their last seven. The Packers are 28-9 in the division under head coach Mike McCarthy.
The Bears are going to be hard to catch in the division. They took full advantage of their soft early schedule to sit at 5-1. The Packers are two back in the loss column and only have the one game against the Bears in Chicago. A lot of things can happen though, so just win them all and let the chips fall where they may. Not sure I want any home playoff games anyway, the Packers haven’t been too good there lately in the playoffs.
Overall it was a victory every bit as impressive as the one over the Texans. The Packers will have to overcome the loss of Charles Woodson, however, but with the young guys in the secondary starting to show some life, they can probably get by until he gets back.
Mainly because of the injuries, I have to leave confidence at medium-high with two huge games at Lambeau coming up. Simply cannot afford a slipup before the bye. Two big wins might get confidence to high before the bye.