Digging Deep: Green Bay Edition
Patrick D. Starr
The Texans turned in their first truly poor performance of the season on Sunday night, falling to the Green Bay Packers 42-24. This was their first loss of the season and it moved their record to 5-1. Stupid penalties on fourth down gave the Packers 11 points, but the reality is the Texans did not play well.
Andre Johnson caught 8 passes for 75 yards to pass the 10,000 career receiving yards threshold. He was the sixth fastest player ever to reach this mark, taking only 128 games. It was also good to see the Texans try to get him the ball more often. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Andre as he tied his season high in receptions.
The Texans scored touchdowns both times they made it inside the red zone. This is good because they didn’t have to settle for field goals, but you would also like to see them get in the red zone more than twice.
The number of sacks J.J. Watt had, bringing his season total to an NFL leading 9.5.
The number of points the Texans’ defense allowed on Sunday night. This came on 6 touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers. Their previous high was 25 against the Broncos. For a team that wants to run the ball and control the clock, 42 points is a very high score to try to beat.
The Texans’ yards per carry against the Packers. They ran 28 times for 90 yards. If you take out Justin Forsett’s 7 carries for 47 yards in garbage time, that leaves 21 carries for 43 yards. That comes out to be 2.04 yards per carry, which is completely unacceptable.
The Texans’ turnover differential from Monday night. They threw 3 interceptions while the Packers did not turn the ball over. The Texans cannot expect to beat similarly talented teams when they turn the ball over this much and do not force a turnover. They also committed 3 penalties that extended drives for the Packers, which led to 11 points.
The number of times Matt Schaub was sacked. He had only been sacked 3 times going into this game, and the Packers doubled that. Even though he didn’t officially record a sack, Clay Matthews, Jr. was basically unblockable and freed up his teammates to get to Schaub. When the Texans aren’t running the ball successfully and are having trouble in pass protection, they are going to have a very tough time scoring points.