The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking while always recommending Magic Hat Hex for quality Oktoberfest liquid refreshment. 'Tis the season and all.
The Texans season takes a decidedly awkward turn. Perfect through five NFL weeks but the Packers arrived Packed-off. And played with the purpose that comes when staring down a potential fourth loss before mid-season that would dramatically reduce the odds for a payoff to the playoffs.
The Packers upping the ante and packed-off trumped undefeated interloper staging a coast-to-coast coming out party. Supposedly. And that party was lights-on over about the time Rodgers had ripped his third touchdown toss of the first half. That party shutdown for the night by the time the current MVP had piled up three more TD strikes to remove any scoreboard doubt.
Packed-off is tough to counter with a group unaccustomed to suddenly living under the weight of heavy duty expectations. With Cushing already MIA (anyone underestimating his value requires a pulse). When Arian playing the Invisible All-Purpose Threat (1.7 per rush, 41 total yards). When the sack/interception totals on Schaub reach five when the combined total through the first five games was, well, five.
Packed-off is too much to take when Rodgers rifled (for the most part) in, around and through reasonably tight coverage. Other than the break-away back-breaker to Crabtree second play, final period, the secondary was more that respectable. Although it seems obvious that Johnathan Joseph continues to operate at less than 100% with the groin and could likely use the week off into the bye week. And it's just as obvious that Kareem will likely never learn to turn on a ball in the air. Doesn't mean he's not dramatically improved. Doesn't mean he deserved that interference call that directly leads to Rodgers' 3rd touchdown dart.
Rodgers was in full lethal laser effect, even down favorite target Greg Jennings, without front-line running back Ced Benson, even when protected by his usual pedestrian front.
The Wade Way in no way slowed him. No forced turnovers and only the two regularly scheduled sacks racked by Watt. No real shame in that. Rodgers owns Super Bowl hardware for a sizeable reason.
Where you can find fault - the throw-back to the throw-up-often days of Jerry Glanville. You remember. Let The Unabashed count the ways ...
First period, no score. Posey impacting for a rare time during his so far underwhelming rookie season but not in the sort of way Kubiak had game-planned. Off-sides on a Packers punt that keeps Green Bay's first series alive. Next play Rodgers delivered down the right side to Jordy Nelson for the first of the six-pack and the first time all season the Texans allowed points on the first drive.
Third period, down 21-10. Barwin flagged for leaping over the line on a made Green Bay field goal. Take off the points. Auto first down.
Three plays later, after a stop on 3rd-and-14 from the 15. Manning whistled for unnecessary roughness. Auto first down.
Next snap, Rodgers to the right corner for his fourth touchdown toss and 28-10. A 16-play 80-yard march not possible without not one but two brain-dead penalties.
House of Pain revisited. The pain of playing below your talent/coaching level, below your established performance standard, when the competition is the strongest to date, when the national lights burn brightest for all the nation to see.
Not good salesmanship. But one bad night. Move on. Bring on Bahlmer. The other single-loss outfit in the AFC. The top two in the AFC. The only two in the AFC riding winning records. Major end-of-season playoff implications.
The Ravens are reeling with a defense relying much more on rep than reality. They just allowed a franchise-worst 227 rushing yards one week after the Chiefs shredded them for 214.
Beyond the numbers, heart-and-soul and forever driving force Ray Lewis suffered a torn triceps against the Cowboys. Ray Lewis done for the duration, perhaps the end of one of the signature legendary hard knock careers.
Wow. Forget Lewis had long lost his vintage. Now the Ravens must deal minus his sheer presence when defensive terror of the 2011 Terrell Suggs was already out since before the season started. Lewis AND crazy cover corner Lardarious Webb ($52m deal in April) just joined Suggs. Man-ster in the middle Haloti Ngata has only a minor MCL sprain. Only.
You expected the Texans to stay unbeaten? For how long? Losing is not necessarily the issue. How they respond to losing in the manner they lost is what is critical to the large picture.
Easy, in theory. Get Packed-off. A lesson from which to learn. There's plenty of recent game video to review as a NFL-GPS to get back on track.
And here now the coach the afternoon after on a wide-range of topics and subplots.
Kubiak on concerns of first 2012 loss: "There's not one thing. It was across the board. They got after us, like I said, really, really, good. We hurt ourselves ... some undisciplined things that we did, that's our biggest concern but I think across the board all three phases weren't good enough. We have lots of soul searching to do."
Kubiak on if he thinks the team lacked urgency: "No, I didn't say that. I thought we were very prepared. We practiced as well as we had practiced all year. We're playing a great football team. We got off to a very poor start. We had our opportunities. We were going to have to play special and we weren't able to do that. I didn't feel any different than I felt the first five (games)."
Kubiak on if he noticed any difference in the team Monday: "Obviously, they know they got it handed to them pretty good. We knew that last night, and you turn on the film today and you see it again. It's a humbling game. You play a lot of football and you're going to have some highs and lows. That's the first big low of the year. We've got other challenges coming our way, so how we handle those type of things will have a lot to do with what we are when it's all said and done. It's a big disappointment, but we've got to move on.
Kubiak on lack of rushing production: "Well it was good last week and not worth a darn (Sunday). There's always something. It concerns the heck out of me, but we got behind. We never got it going. We can do better up front. We can run better, call it better. It's not going to change how we believe and what we think we have to do to win. We've just got to look really hard at it and hopefully change it this week."
Kubiak on controlling AFC playoff picture with a win over the Ravens: "I don't think that way. The most important thing is how we're playing. I'd hate to be feeling the way we're feeling today next week (going into the bye). We need to get back playing a heck of a lot better football. It's a long haul deal. You got to be honest with yourself each and every week whether you win you got to be honest if you're not doing things right and when you get beat it's easy to be honest with yourself."