Packers-Texans: Three Keys
Power Watt-age The Packers offense is like night and day when looking at pass protection. Going back to the Seattle game the Packers scored a combined 61 points in an 8 quarter stretch from the 2nd half of the Seahawks game to the 1st half of the Colts game. In those 8 quarters Aaron Rodgers was not sacked. But in the first half versus Seattle and the second half against Indy the Packers scored just six points while Rodgers was sacked 13 times. So Houston defensive end J.J. Watt will be in focus here as he is second in the NFL in sacks. The Packers must find a way to keep him away from Rodgers.
Foster: Australian For Good Running Back Nose tackle B.J. Raji is dinged up and may not be available for the entire game. This is bad news for the Packers. Houston's offense is powered by running back Arian Foster and without Raji Foster could have a field day. Last week Indy running back Donald Brown had a solid 84 yards on the ground, 49 of which came after Raji was hurt. Foster is capable of inflicting far more damage.
Turnover Margin The Packers defense has thrived the last two years on making game changing plays. This includes forcing turnovers. Last week the turnover margin was zero and despite intercepting Andrew Luck once in the second half the Packers defense couldn't stem the tide. Against the more complete Texans the Packers must find a way to take the ball away.
Prediction Texans 29, Packers 20