Welcome back to Packers football after having their second bye of the season last week in Tampa Bay. Time for a bounce back week and to reduce the panic attack provided by 2 rare Rodgers interceptions. He cursed himself with too many hip thrusts on that rushing touchdown celebration.
The NFL wasn’t happy and subsequently spygated for Tom Brady and the early crowned Buccaneers. Only reasonable excuse I can think of to explain how Ronald Jones gashed the Packers defense along with the additional smackdown provided by Gronk. Now that we’re done with that disaster let’s look forward to Sundays matchup with the Houston Texans.
Green Bay enters Sunday without their league best left tackle in David Bakhtiari who is out with the chest injury suffered against Tampa Bay. Aaron Jones and Bobby Tonyan are also questionable going into the game with both unlikely to play which is concerning for the Packer offense that struggled to put up points last week. Green Bay is fortunate to be going up the 1-5 Houston Texans who got diced up by Ryan Tannehill through the air and finished off by the battering ram, Derrick Henry. The Texans have talent all over the team but can’t seem to put it together even after cutting ties from Head Coach/GM/Play Caller/JJ Watt enemy Bill O’Brien.
Slightly alarming factoid is interim coach Romeo Crennel has been a successful interim against the Packers in 2011. He stepped in as the interim coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and was the lone victor against the Packers in 2011, causing them to be 15-1. The Texans are stacked with offensive threats in Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, old friend Randall Cobb as well as the talented duo of David and Duke Johnson at running back.
Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams
He’s always going to be on this list and expect it even more so after a loss that was determined by his interceptions. Rodgers forced the ball to Davante Adams in two occasions and it backfired.
Despite the makeshift offensive line, Rodgers faces a porous Texans defense that has only forced one interception this season and is in the bottom 10 in passing yards allowed. Texans gave up 365 to Tannehill last week and 300 to Minshew Mania the week prior.
Adams was targeted 10 times in his return but only ended up with a 6 catch for 61 yard stat line. Houston’s secondary held AJ Brown in check to 5 catches for 56 yards by sacrificing a 100 yard performance to Tennessee’s backup tight end. If Tonyan plays, he could feast on the center of this defense. Since the plan is to be without Bobby, a heavy dose of Davante is in order with a splash of MVS deep shots.
Aaron Rodgers: 280 yards and 3 TDs
Davante Adams: 8 catches 105 yards 1 TD
Jamaal had the longest run for the Packers against Tampa Bay and led the rushing attack with 4 for 34 yards. He was followed by rookie 2nd round pick AJ Dillon, who put up 5 carries for 31 yards in garbage time. Both will be counted on for replacing Aaron Jones if he were to sit out. Regardless of Jones status, I expect Jamaal will still be a primary focus of the gameplan. The Texans defense is also the leagues worst in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
Jamaal Williams: 65 yards, 5 rec for 45 yards & one TD.
Rodgers has been stellar this season and his confidence won’t be hurt by one performance. Deshaun should figure to showcase his talents while trying to establish the run where Green Bay has been weak. With the weeks highest over/under, fireworks are in order.
Green Bay is going to struggle to contain Will Fuller and will need to establish the run to be successful.
Packers force the timely turnover and win a stunner 30-28
Go Pack Go!