SnoTap Packers Preview: Houston v. Green Bay
Game two of the playoffs starts at noon at Lambeau Field where it will be Packers weather as the cliche term goes with highs in the 30’s and the tundra beginning its hibernation process. Green Bay Packers welcome Houston Texans to town for their first visit since 2008. J.J. Watt doesn’t get a homecoming visit as he’s still sidelined with a back injury. Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and in must-win situations.
Offense should have similar themes
There’s no reason Green Bay should go away from what they did in Philadelphia with the short passing game. Aaron Rodgers looked so much more crisp and got rid of the ball faster with the short, immediate passing game. The deep balls were still avaliable, and QB1 will have a chance to pop the top off a couple times. Look for Rodgers to have a better day than expected. Texans are pretty good against the pass, but we’ve seen some cracks in that with Derek Carr having a huge fourth quarter and Phillip Rivers putting together a nice day. Rodgers is catching this defense at the right time.
Turning over Brock Osweiler
Some Packers fans who stay inside the Green Bay bubble will have a better appreciation for Packers offense when they see Houston take the field with Brock Osweiler. New School Scott Mitchell hasn’t lived up to the hype. Osweiler is a disappointment. Green Bay can take advantage of him with different pressures forcing him into quick decisions. Those rapid choices usually led to turnovers. Packers have a real chance at forcing multiple turnovers in game, which they haven’t done since Indianapolis. Green Bay must take advantage when the opportunity presents itself.
Mac hold true to his backfield promise
News came out this week that Mike McCarthy might be looking at getting Christine Michael and Ty Montgomery more invovled in the backfield. Now, we have heard this before from the Packers coach. Texans haven’t been very good against the run, and Green Bay could use this to their advantage. I have a feeling C-Mike gets seven to 10 carries in this game. Packers need to know what they have with this young running back, and this is the best game to find out before a big one with Seattle next week. Montgomery can really be vital if Packers stick to his short passing attack as a great safety valve.
Not letting Fuller get loose
I wouldn’t say my concern level with Will Fuller is high, but he’s the type of player who could give Green Bay fits. Special Teams played well last week, but there’s no guarantee that carries over for another week. Fuller is a deadly punt retuner, and a deep threat who Osweiler looked to more than DeAndre Hopkins at the beginning of the year. He’s finally healthy and could see him looking that way again.
I like Green Bay here by a similar score from last week, 24-13. The defense continues to gain confidence, and Packers offense shows encouraging signs for the second straight. If Packers win, this would be their first winning streak since Week 3 and 4. That’s crazy.