It’s hard to believe that the Packers enter week six with already three losses, and based on who they play Sunday night, they easily could be 2-4 when it’s said and done.
The Pack travel to Houston to play the undefeated Texans, who are coming off a Monday night win, but lost LB Brian Cushing in the process.
They still have one of the best defensive players in the game, as J.J. Watt. Watt leads the NFL with 8.5 sacks, and has been on a tear all year.
The Packers lost three key players in their 30-27 setback to Indianapolis last week. Running back Cedric Benson left the game in the second quarter with a left foot injury, tight end Jermichael Finley departed in the third stanza with a shoulder injury and nose tackle B.J. Raji hurt his left ankle.
Benson was placed on the injured reserve designated to return list earlier this week with what was diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury. He is expected to be out at least eight weeks and possibly the rest of the season.
Finley and Raji, along with star wide receiver Greg Jennings, were all held out of Wednesday’s practice, leaving each’s status for Sunday in question.
On the field, Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Texans held off the Jets on Monday night.
Matt Schaub completed 14-of-28 passes for 209 yards with a touchdown and an interception in that one, while Shayne Graham connected on three field goals for the Texans, who keep building on their best start in franchise history.
Owen Daniels added 79 yards and a score on four receptions in the win.
“Being that we’re undefeated right now, I think it perks everyone’s interest when they’re playing us to go out and give us their best shot,” Schaub said.
The Packers, meanwhile, are aiming to get back to .500 after dropping to 2-3 in Indianapolis last Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers completed 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards with three scores and an interception for the Packers.
“We talked about the fundamentals and I’ll stop right there because that’s as far as it went for me in the second half,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “The number of penalties we had. We’re just not doing a very good job of handling the football … Give credit to the Colts. They battled back.”
Alex Green replaced Benson on Sunday and produced 55 yards on nine carries. The Packers also have James Starks, who is expected to return from a turf toe injury that has kept him sidelined.
This is just the third meeting between the two clubs. The Texans evened the series at 1-1 with a 2-21 win on Dec. 7, 2008 when Schaub passed for 414 yards and Kevin Walter caught a 58-yard touchdown.