Legendary senior writer & Packers lead blogger highlights Packers vs Texans great, good, bad & ugly players.

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GREAT [A for effort]:

Run defense [limited Texans running back Foster to 29 rushing yards without NT Raji].

Pass Protection [beyond two sacks by DE Watt, the mighty Texans’ pass rush was dealt with by solid protection, no-huddle offense, and Rodgers scrambling].

GOOD [solid]:

QB Rodgers (24-of-37 for 338 yards; 6 touchdowns); WR Nelson (9 catches, 121 yards); WR Cobb (7 catches, 102 yards); WR Jones (2 acrobatic TDs); Rookie DL Worthy (1 sack & no penalties!); DL Wilson (1 sack); OLB Matthews (dominant); Rookie CB Hayward (2 interceptions); .

BAD [mixed]:

Special Units Team [led to P Masthay's blocked punt in end zone]. CB Williams [soft coverage]; CB Shields [shaky & injured]; Dropped WRs passes [old issue].

UGLY [losers]:

Reliant Stadium (4 Packers players suffered leg injuries--Perry, Smith, Saine and Shields).

Houston Texans coaches & players (see replays from game with Texan CB Manning punching LT Newhouse and Texans LT Brown backside hit injuring Packers ILB D. J. Smith). 

QUOTE [GM THOMPSON]: "We functioned pretty well. We came into a hostile environment and held our own. We played physical. We ran the ball a little better. We did a good job against their running attack."

UPDATE: RB Saine and ILB Smith put on I.R. Injuries to OLB Perry and CB Shields appear to be not severe, but we will know more later in the week.  Replacing Saine, the Packers claimed power runner running back White from waivers. Also, in his Monday press conference, Packers Head Coach McCarthy felt OLB Zombo and TE Quarless are ready to return to practice (Wednesday).