As the Green Bay Packers head to Houston to take on the Texans, here are three reasons why they will walk away with a victory.
The Green Bay Packers are looking to get back to their winning ways after a humbling defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week ago. Right when they thought they were all high and mighty, their feet got swept out from underneath them. Fortunately, the lowly Houston Texans are next on the schedule.
At 1-5, the Texans are one of the worst teams in the NFL and are coming off their first victory of the season. Deshaun Watson is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, presenting a unique challenge to a Packers’ defense who will likely be without two starters in the secondary in Kevin King and Darnell Savage. However, there are plenty of areas the Packers can exploit so let’s check out three reasons why they’ll leave Houston with a victory on Sunday.
3. Third down conversions
The Packers have been one of the best teams in the NFL at converting on third downs this season, ranking fifth by converting 48.5 percent of their opportunities. This has allowed them to sustain long drives that eat up the clock as well as yards. On the other side of the ball is a Texans’ defense that has had struggles in this department–allowing offenses to convert 47 percent of their third-down opportunities (23rd in the NFL). When you add this up, it should equal tremendous success for Green Bay when they get into these money downs. Expect Green Bay to control the time of possession throughout this contest.
2. Packers’ running defense
Yes, you read that correctly. It’s not often we talk about Green Bay’s running defense as a reason they’ll win the game, but this contest presents a unique opportunity. The Texans enter Week 7 by ranking 24th in yards per rush and 31st in total rushing yards. Although the Packers have struggled to stop the run this season, this game presents an opportunity to get back on track.
1. Packers’ running game
Speaking of running the football, Green Bay has been extremely efficient in this category so far in 2020–their 5 yards per rush ranks sixth in the NFL. Unfortunately, Aaron Jones sustained a slight calf strain in practice this week and is questionable. However, Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillion are more than capable of exploiting a Texans’ rushing defense that ranks dead last in total rushing yards allowed and yards per rush. After they establish the run, expect the play action and deep game to circle around in full force.