(WLAX/WEUX) – The Green Bay Packers are at a key point in the second quarter of their 2020 NFL schedule.
After a perfect 4-0 start in the first quarter, the Packers stumbled out of their bye week with a 38-10 drubbing in Tampa Bay, ending Green Bay’s nine-game winning streak in the regular season.
Not exactly the way Matt LaFleur and his team wanted to start the toughest part of their season: at Tampa, at Houston, host Minnesota on Nov. 1, and four days later take on the 49ers in San Francisco. (Talk about racking up the frequent-flyer miles.)
The loss to the Buccaneers and Tom Brady has been flushed away and the focus is on a dangerous 1-5 Texans team playing for their season at home Sunday. The game will be televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48 at 12 noon, followed by the Packers Blitz Live post-game show from 3:30-5 p.m.
Houston is led on offense by multi-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson and Wisconsin native J.J. Watt on defense. Watson is on a roll, having three straight-300 yard passing games, including a four-touchdown, 335-yard performance in a 42-36 overtime loss to undefeated Tennessee.
The Texans defense has been atrocious, allowing an average of 177 rushing yards per game and gave up a season-high 263 to the Titans. Watson has solid targets in Brandin Cooks and former Packer Randall Cobb, and tight end Darren Fells is a threat in the red zone.
Watt is one sack short of the hitting the 100 mark for his career, and he said the Texans’ defensive woes are correctable.
“I don’t think it’s anything groundbreaking besides playing in our gaps and tackling,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any magic potion we need to sprinkle on it. We need to do our jobs and we need to tackle.”
Aaron Jones, held to a season-low 15 yards last week, will test that defense and Rodgers and the offense will be looking to rebound from a dreadful performance for three quarters after a fast 10-0 start after one quarter in Tampa.
Week 7 NFL Picks
Green Bay rebounds in Houston after reality check in Tampa Bay. The Aarons—Rodgers and Jones—get back on track against a defense that yields an average of 30 points per game and 177 yards rushing. Containing Deshaun Watson will be a huge challenge for a defense gashed in Tampa Bay.
Packers 33, Texans 23