Texans vs. Packers: The Packers opened as a 3 1/2 point favorite which quickly moved to 6. The number is 45 1/2.
The Packers lost 4 of their past five games. They allowed their opponents an average of 38 points per game in the losses including games against the Titans and Colts. Their best offensive player, Aaron Rodgers is expected to play, but is slowed by a hamstring issue. Their best defensive player, Clay Matthews, is also expected to play but is hampered by a very painful shoulder sprain.
The Packers are playing on short rest having played last Monday night on the road. They are tired to the extent they took Wednesday off to recover physically . However, that leaves little time to prepare. The game is played in Green Bay, but the weather forecast is for mild temperatures in the 30s. The Packers are 5-6.
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Therefore, everything seems to favor the Texans and yet they are 6 point dogs. Are they to be forever disrespected? Not forever… only until they field a decent offense…which seems close to forever given the quarterback play and the predictable, conservative play calling.
If Bill O’Brien truly believes in Brock Osweiler and the remainder of the offense he should call the game that way. If he feels he has to protect inadequate players he needs to make some changes starting with Tom Savage. The current situation offers the worst of both worlds, a very mediocre quarterback who gets little help from his line and receivers and a game plan that would even handcuff far better players than are currently on the field.