Refreshing. Really a nice all around victory. We came out and played hard. We were prepared and we executed. Just a very satisfying win against a team that – despite getting demolished tonight – is very good.
The defense was great early on. Stopping the run and confusing and frustrating Schaub was just huge. We killed any pre-game momentum they may have thought they had. Fantastic defensive stuff early on.
As I indicated before the game, I am not surprised at all by this result. I put a lot of points on the Packers in both pools I’m in to win outright. Houston just plain doesn’t know how to act as THE team in the NFL. They are awfully good and I don’t think this loss will necessarily derail them, but becoming truly great is usually a bit more of a process. I also have trouble trusting Schaub. I just don’t think he’s very solid mentally.
James Jones has made some fantastic catches in recent weeks – and importantly, some huge TDs. He seems to finally be living up to the potential a lot of us thought he had.
Jordy was fantastic tonight. He consistently got separation against a guy who is really tough to get separation against in Jonathan Joseph. His catches were phenomenal. Just a huge performance.
Cobb was great again in his role as the super quick, shifty, fast guy defenses really struggle to account for.
Our defense really played a tough game tonight. They came out tough from the very beginning and just played really hard overall.
Even though one of his 2 interceptions was a gift, I’m telling you Casey Hayward is one of the best DBs on this team. He plays tight coverage and he has really good hands.
I thought our safeties played a very solid game tonight. They don’t get much attention unless it’s negative it seems – but tonight they were there for the run and there for the pass. Very solid.
The pass rush was good enough to be disruptive for Schaub. Worthy was pretty good – had a nice sack tonight.
I liked the scrub time at the end. I think it was important for Harrell and Starks to touch the ball and get into the swing of it. They didn’t do much but they did something and that counts.
The injuries could hurt us. We lost some pretty key guys – I’m hoping none of the injuries are too serious.
Tonight was absolutely huge for Aaron Rodgers. He was ticked that people were ripping on him and the team – in good part because I think he knew he deserved it. But like a good leader, he took a fair amount of the blame and then put the team on his shoulders. What he did tonight is something that only a special leader can do. He played as well as a QB can play tonight, in arguably one of the most important games for the team in the last few years.
This was a critical game – a loss tonight would have put us in a terrible position with regard to playoff hopes. While last week’s loss was devastating and concerning for many reasons, the team showed tonight that they absolutely can put it together – even against the team most people considered one of the top 2-3 teams in the NFL.
Lastly – nicely coached game. The team was prepared, they executed well, didn’t have a bunch of dumb penalties -and most importantly, the right play calls were made at the right time tonight (both on offense and defense). Just a total effort tonight that we should be excited about.
Next week could be a far more difficult game than people think. St. Louis does have a bumbling offense, but their defense is really good. I’ve watched a few Rams games this year and one this is clear – the team likes playing for Jeff Fisher. The guy is a good coach and we will need to be prepared for a really tough game next week. (The Rams front 7 is really underrated – we’ll need to pass protect next week like we did tonight.)
This was the first game all year that was actually enjoyable to watch. Reminded me a little bit of the Falcons playoff game a few years back where Jones and Nelson just caught everything they got thier hands on. Alex Green looked good, too.
The defense looks to be improving every game. Hayward looks like a keeper and all of the young DL stepped up. Sounds like DJ Smith is lost for the year, which is too bad, but MLB seems to be one of the easier holes to plug.