The Houston Texans come into tonight’s game as the lone undefeated team left in the AFC.
They welcome the Packers to Houston, who just recently lost to the Colts in the last-seconds of the game. Green Bay needs a win to keep pace with the Bears and Vikings in the NFC North.
There are few bad things to say about the Texans, as they have in fact been perfect all season. They have won every game this season by at least six points, and they have three wins by twenty points or more.
Houston has the fifth overall defense in the league, which should be able to overpower a Green Bay offense that is far from what they were a year ago. The Packers average just under 340 yards a game, and are ranked 19th in the league in total offense. The most points the Texans have allowed all year has been 25 against Denver, and it does not look like Green Bay will eclipse that mark.
The running game is the definite strong-suit of this Texans team on offense, and that will continue tonight as Arian Foster and Ben Tate come in with their seven combined rushing touchdowns. They add a dimension to the offense that makes it nearly impossible, or such has been the case thus far, for any team to find a way to slow down the entire offense.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay is visibly struggling after their 15-1 regular season last year. They are 2-3 on the year (with 3-2 being a mark that many Packers fans actually see the team as being, considering the ending of the Seahawks game). Playing around the .500 mark will not be good enough in this year’s NFC North, as the surprising Vikings are making a run at the division along with the Bears.
The Packers have scored at least 27 points in each of their last two games, but that will certainly be a struggle this week against the Texans. The defense of Green Bay will have to step up to try and get Green Bay back to .500 before they head into an easy part in the schedule. A win tonight sets them at 3-3 with the next two games coming against the Rams and Jaguars respectively.
Inconsistency has been evident all year for Green Bay, which is why it is hard to predict how well they will do. They only scored 12 points against the Seahawks, while they have scored at least 22 points in the rest of their games. It all depends on which Green Bay offense shows up.
Until the Texans prove that they are vulnerable, do not pick them to lose.
Texans 31 | Packers 24
Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans Game Info
- Packers-Texans Date: Sunday, October 14
- Packers-Texans Kickoff Time: 8:20 Pm
- Packers-Texans TV Network: NBC
- Packers-Texans Point Spread: Texans -3
- Packers-Texans Over-Under Odds: 48