The NFL week six match up between the 5-0 Houston Texans and 2-3 Green Bay Packers features two teams who are attempting to accomplish totally different goals while trying to come out victorious. The Texans are looking to remain undefeated with a victory while the Packers are trying to get on the right path and potentially save their season with a much needed win.Both teams have to deal with injuries to key players so it will come down to which ever team has more of a desire to win.
The Packers need to get their offense on track which is currently ranked 21st in the NFL in offensive yards gained per game (338 yards), 15th in passing yards gained per game (240.8 yards), 20th in rushing yards gained per game and 19th in points scored per game (22.4 points) against a tremendous Texans defense which is third in the NFL in offensive yards allowed per game (275.6 yards), ninth in rushing yards allowed per game (85.4 yards) and fourth in both passing yards allowed per game (190.2 yards) and points allowed per game (14.6 points).
Aaron Rodgers isn’t having a typical reigning MVP kind of a season (1,299 passing yards, 10 TD, 4 INT and completing 68.6% of his attempts) and one of the key factors in that is because the offensive line is allowing tons of pressure on him as he gets sacked by defenses repeatedly (21 times, 2nd in the NFL). With Cedric Benson out for at least eight weeks with a LisFranc foot injury Green Bay will rely heavily on Alex Green and Randall Cobb to keep their running game some what afloat in order to keep some of the pressure off of Rodgers. Together the two running backs have combined for just 103 rushing yards on 14 carries this season. Rodgers will look to hook up with two of his favorite receivers in the passing game, Jordy Nelson (23 receptions for 289 yards and a TD) and James Jones (20 receptions for 237 yards and 5 TD) especially if Greg Jennings can’t suit up again this week. With the Packers offensive line having so many problems early on this season the fact that they have to deal with Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt (26 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss and 8 pass deflections) could be a serious issue for them.
The Texans offense is having a very good start to the year and ranks 14th in yards gained per game (371.8 yards), 20th in passing yards gained per game (228.8 yards), sixth in rushing yards gained per game (143 yards) and tied for third in points scored per game (29.8 points) and will get the opportunity to face a mediocre Packers defense that ranks 16th in offensive yards allowed per game (344.2 yards), tied for 16th in passing yards allowed per game (230 yards), 17th in rushing yards allowed per game (114.2 yards) and tied for 14th in points allowed per game (22.2 points).
Matt Schaub is off to a solid start (1,162 passing yards, 8 TD and 2 INT while completing 63.8% of his passes) and will look to continue his efficient play while hooking up with Owen Daniels (23 receptions for 311 yards and 3 TD) and Andre Johnson (17 receptions for 283 yards and 2 TD) to stretch the field. The Texans major threat on offense is without question running back Arian Foster who has rushed for 532 yards (2nd in the NFL) and five touchdowns on 132 carries so far. If Foster can control the ground game while Schaub airs the ball out then it will be another long day for the Green Bay defense. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews who leads the league in sacks with eight will have a difficult time getting to Schaub this week as the Houston offensive line has just allowed three sacks on Scahub this year.
It will be a closer game then paper shows it should be but when the final gun sounds the Texans will remain unbeaten by virtue of defeating the Packers 27-20.