Written by : Chance Bond
The Houston Texans had scored on their first possession in four of their first five games. In those games the Texans lead wire to wire. The only game they were behind in was Denver, when they were down by five at one point. By coincidence that is the only game the Texans hadn’t scored on the opening drive. Elvis Dumerville sacked Matt Schaub for a safety on the games first play. That gave Denver two points and the ball. They would add another three going up by five without the Texans even playing offense. That would change quickly. The Texans would score a touchdown on their next three possessions. Eighty-nine yards in five plays, ninety yards in fourteen plays, and fifty-seven yards in two plays. Putting the team back on schedule, playing with a lead. That all changed Sunday night at Reliant.
Houston would go three and out in their first two possessions, and a six play eighteen yard drive for their third possession. By than Aaron Rodgers and the Packers already had ten points. They would add seven more the next drive after the Texans score. The Texans never got on schedule, and the plays that could put them back never got made. They panicked.
The Packers ran a no-huddle offense. The Texans had played it before and did well. This time was different. The no-huddle doesn’t allow the defense to change personnel. So the defense has to make what they have on the field work. Brian Cushing never comes off the field. He is in every package and sub-package the Texans, and Wade Phillips run. If they have six separate packages, they have to replace Cushing not just once, but five more times. In some situations Brian Cushing covers the slot. Tim Jamison can’t do that.
The team didn’t have time coming back from New York on Monday night, resting Tuesday. Licking wounds Wednesday. That gives two days to adjust all personnel to the absence of Cushing. Not everyone completed the task, missing assignments, and simply out of position. Aaron Rodgers saw that, and exploited that. All good players do. I have confidence all will be corrected and covered up. On defense and offense. We still got a good team.