The Green Bay Packers will be in Houston at NRG Stadium for their third game on the road in four weeks. The Packers were up 10-0 last week in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that was all for anything to get excited about. Tom Brady and Tampa scored 38 unanswered points to beat the Packers, 38-10. The Packers went from 100 to 0 really fast.
That’s not what you expected from the Packers, but it can happen to the best of teams. The best teams know how to respond and not all three bad quarters to get them down. Failing to acquire weapons for Aaron Rogers in the offseason, no one really saw much in this team to begin with, though. Based on the public’s opinion before the season started, the Packers have exceeded expectations so far.
The Packers suffered their first loss of the season in that game. They fall to 4-1 on the season, with a chance to move to 5-1 and join the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Bears are up in the NFC North despite having to bench Mitch Trubisky. If you haven’t been following along and just listen to the media, you wouldn’t think the Bears are a 5-1 football team right now going into their bye.
Good teams know how to respond well after a big loss. The Packers have an opportunity to show that they aren’t going to allow their loss last week to impact them too much. Bad teams let one loss snowball into a lot worse. We’ll see if Rodgers and the Packers have the mental fortitude to forget about last week and power on in Houston.
It’s been a turbulent season for the Texans so far. They fired Bill O’Brien and looking at a record of 1-5 going into Sunday. Their lone win came against the Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago by a score of 30-14. The Texans are coming off a hard loss against the Tennessee Titans. They couldn’t stop anybody, and I think that was the thought process of going for two and putting the game out of reach late.
That move backfired for interim head coach Romeo Crennel. The Titans went down the field, scored and forced overtime, then won 42-36. That has to sting, especially for a team that has had nothing go their way this season. A win over the Packers would do Deshaun Watson and company plenty of good following a tough loss. Head below for our free Packers vs. Texans pick for October 25, 2020.
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Aaron Rodgers started off nicely last week, but the offense just stalled after the first quarter. That’s been unlike Rodgers and the Packers this season. Even with a plethora of injuries on offense, Rodgers has worked through it for 13 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a 65.5% completion. And just when he was getting into a rhythm with Allen Lazard, Lazard went down and his only reliable wide receiver option was Marquez Valdez-Scantling. Rodgers fortunately has Adams at his disposal now, but Lazard will continue to miss time after undergoing surgery for a core muscle injury three weeks ago.
The Titans were able to do a good job on Adams last week, as he led the Packers in receiving with only 61 yards. That was his first game back in the starting lineup. I think he needed a game to shake off the rust, so Adams should be in better form against a very weak Texans’ defense. The Texans have to worry about the running game and Lazard. Fortunately, they likely won’t have to worry about Aaron Jones, though it may not matter.
They are both going to bring something in this game. The Texans are getting gashed for 424 yards per game. Their ability against the run has been atrocious, with the Texans giving up 177.5 rushing yards per game. Rookie AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams have a glorious chance with Jones out to lead the offense on Sunday afternoon. Following the shaky offensive performance last week, Rodgers should be able to bounce back with a strong performance in this one as well.
Watson has been running for his life behind a bad offensive line this season. If the Texans didn’t have a mobile quarterback, they’d be in a lot more trouble. The Packers have been fairly efficient against the pass this season, having held opposing offenses to 231.2 yards per game. Overall, they are 13th with 347.4 yards per game. The Packers are far from perfect, but should be fine versus an inconsistent Houston offense, who traded away their best weapon in the offseason. I like the Packers by a touchdown.