Michele Tafoya: Packers need to make adjustments to beat Texans

CREATED Oct 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 12, 2012

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GREEN BAY- The Packers are fighting to get back to .500 for the third time this season, and their game Sunday night against the Texans could be the most difficult.

The 2-3 Packers are facing the 5-0 Texans, who are one of two undefeated teams in the NFL (the Falcons being the other), but also the Texans have the 2nd best point differential in the NFL at +76.

Michele Tafoya will be the sideline reporter for the Sunday Night Football game in Houston.  She says she will interview Packers players and coaches on Saturday, but is aware of the Packers' problems.

"Sounds like this team is frustrated with itself," says Tafoya to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."  "If they can make the necessary adjustments to beat a very good Houston team, that would be a great sign."

The Packers losses to Seattle (controversial final touchdown call) and Indianapolis (blowing a 21-3 halftime lead and missing a game-tying field goal) certainly have players and coaches frustrated.

Tafoya says the Packers need to get on track if they plan on a beating a very talented Houston Texans team.

"They have a lot of very good defensive players," says Tafoya.  "I'm eager to watch J.J. Watt play."

Watt, a Pewaukee native and UW-Madison graduate, leads all defensive ends this year in sacks, tackles, tackles for loss, and ranks second in quarterback hits.

Tafoya says this is also a big game for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers has already thrown four interceptions in five games, compared to six interceptions in 15 regular season games last year.

"No one is more concerned about Aaron (Rodgers) than Aaron," says Tafoya.  "I know he holds himself to extremely high standards."

Rodgers' weapons will be limited as wide receiver Greg Jennings has been ruled out for the game and starting running back Cedric Benson has been placed on IR -- which means he will miss at least eight weeks.

The Packers-Texans game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and will be aired on TODAY'S TMJ4.  Newsradio 620 WTMJ's coverage of the game starts at 5 p.m.