by Bill Johnson (email@example.com)
How can the Packers POSSIBLY beat the Texans?
Even with the Packers at 2-3 and the Texans at 5-0, I don't think any of us thought we'd be asking this question at the beginning of the season. As much as I bristle at the question, it's legit.
While it will be difficult for the Packers, then can win, and I believe they will win.
So what needs to happen?
1. Contain Foster. Arian Foster has gone from undrafted free agent to the league's best back. Fortunately for the Packers, they get to play the best back in the league twice per season, the Vikings Adrian Peterson. For the most part, when the Packers have kept Peterson from making explosive plays (plays of over 20 yards), they've won. The Packers can't completely stop Foster, but they have to contain him to win.
2. Catch the ball, on both sides of the ball. Rodgers' decreased accuracy makes dropped passes hurt even more. The Packers receivers need to catch everything. On defense, I believe that Schaub will give the Packers opportunities. The Packers need to capitalize. They gave new life to the Colts at least three times and they paid.
3. Get enough out of the running game. 20 carries or so. Over 80 yards. Two or three carries for Rodgers at the most. They don't have to be Barry Switzer's Sooners. Just enough to set up the vertical passing game.
4. The return of Aaron Rodgers. His inaccurate evil twin needs to be sent back to bizzarro Lambeau Field, and the SB XLV MVP and 2011 NFL MVP needs to return. A couple of big plays will hopefully renew his confidence.
5. Someone in the O-line has to summon the testicular fortitude to chop block JJ Watt. Calm down Madison and Pewaukee, D-linemen in the League get chop blocked on just about every down without getting hurt. It is very effective though. It gets in the head of the D-lineman, especially a week after Brian Cushing gets put out for the season on a chop block. You want results people? Sometimes you have to crack some eggs to make the omelette.
6. Win special teams. With the exception of Mason Crosby, the Packers' special teams has been a plus. Return a kick. Create a turnover. No mistakes. Just do better on special teams than Houston.
Packers 33 Texans 30.
Game-winning field goal by Mason Crosby.
It can happen people.
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