PFW Matchup Breakdown: Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers


The Packers desperately need both the Vikings and Lions to drop a few games if they are to have any realistic shot at postseason play. Green Bay is 6-5 with the over and it has hit it in four of the last five games. The Texans rank 5th in total defense and they are seventh best at getting off the field on third down. "The running game will continue to improve, but if we have to throw it, we'll throw it". A team that has been awfully reliant on its defense, thanks to the bad play of Brock Osweiler, losing a key cog for this battle will nearly certainly lead to its demise in Green Bay. With the entire offense depleted, it will be up to Aaron Rodgers to shoulder the entire scoring load, which he's shown he's more than capable of.

The Texans have only six picks, but are fifth in the league in passing yards allowed and have held QBs to an 88.8 rating. "The game of football is done with a lot of communication, so if you can challenge the communication of the opponent, it's obviously an advantage to the home team".

Houston (6-5) remains in first place in the AFC South, but is coming off losses to Oakland and San Diego. Wentz finished 24 for 36 for 254 yards with a rushing touchdown. It just becomes a mental game, understanding your assignments.

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The ball was then immediately recovered by Will Compton, and the Redskins where able to win comfortably after that point. The Redskins have a new star in the backfield on offense in Robert Kelley, an undrafted rookie running back from Tulane.

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Coach Bill O'Brien is sticking by his own struggling quarterback - Brock Osweiler has thrown more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (12) and has often failed to move the offence. With time expiring, Houston's Kris Brown converted a 40-yard field goal to give the Texans the win.

Doug Pederson announced that running back Ryan Mathews as well as right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai will not be available for the Eagles when they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Sunday. Look for the Packers to lead the charge and lead these two teams to the over. This Texans defense has had to bail out the offense all season thus far, and it's quite possible they could do it again Sunday.