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The Green Bay Packers we saw on Monday Night Football in Philadelphia against the Eagles looked like the Packers we know, and it’s exactly what they’ve expected of themselves all season.
Mike McCarthy’s squad looked poised and prepared through all four quarters, which is something that’s been missing, especially on offense. This was just the third time the Pack has been able to put up points in every quarter. In those games, Green Bay has gone 3-0.
Scoring has never really been an issue, as Aaron Rodgers has brought in and utilized seemingly every available offensive player available at some point to find the end zone. It’s stretching those points over the course of the entire game, working the clock, and keeping the defense on edge that changes the entire look of the Packers.
Green Bay dominated time of possession, as their offense was out on the field for 35:23. That meant fresh legs on the defensive end, which translated into big plays all game.
That’s exactly what Rodgers & Co. will look to do when the Texans come to town. Rodgers didn’t go for his usual high volume passing attempts, but made sure to make them all counting, completing 30 of 39 passes last week. Patience is a virtue and it will continue to pay off.
The Packers need to be on their A game for the remainder of the season to make the playoffs, and they’ll face an equally hungry Houston team that’s currently hanging onto first place in the AFC South by a half game (while the Tennessee Titans are on bye).
Both divisions are up for grabs in a tight three-team race, but the Packers see Sunday’s afternoon showdown as Green Bay as their next step in the right direction, and expect to send the Texans back home empty-handed.
Brian Parchmann | December 2, 2016