“There’s still a lot in front of us:” Packers return home to face Houston Texans
GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers return home to Lambeau Field Sunday, December 4th after three straight road games — and they’re coming off a WIN vs. the Philadelphia Eagles after four straight losses.
The Packers are hopeful the 27-13 victory over the Eagles is the catalyst needed to start a winning streak.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers talked about how he thought the Packers could run the table and win the final six games of the regular season. Well — you can’t win six until you win one. They got Monday night at Philadelphia.
Does that break the seal?
“We won one game, so we are still a little ways away from it. But we had to get started with it with one game. I don’t think anything is going to change in here. We are going to go to work in meetings today and our walk-throughs and get focusing on that and come back tomorrow and do the same thing,” Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson said Wednesday, November 30th.
“I don’t think we are out of the woods yet. We are just one game better than we were last week. I think it’s important to keep that focus. There’s still a lot in front of us,” Rodgers said.
“We big on the snowball thing — kind of how the season went at the beginning of last year. Win the first couple games and you kind of get used to winning and teams around the league see it all the time where they just go on runs because it just becomes natural. It’s all you know what to do. This is a winning organization. We got winners all around the building,” Packers wide receiver Davante Adams said.
The Green Bay Packers are 5-6 on the season — the Houston Texans 6-5.
Kickoff is set for noon Sunday, December 4th at Lambeau. According to Packers.com, Sunday will be Green Bay’s first noon home game in December since Week 14 vs. Atlanta in 2013.
According to Packers.com, Green Bay holds a 2-1 advantage in the Packers/Texans series. This will be just the fourth meeting between the clubs since the Texans entered the NFL as an expansion club in 2002. The first meeting came in a nationally televised Sunday night contest at Reliant Stadium in Houston, one that the Packers won, 16-13, on a 46-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell as time expired. Houston native and longtime Packers WR Donald Driver led Green Bay with 10 catches for 148 yards (14.8 avg.) and QB Brett Favre threw for 383 yards in the win.
The teams last met on October 14th, 2012. The Packers won 42-24. During that matchup, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had his first six-touchdown performance of his career — finishing 24 of 37 for 338 yards and no turnovers (133.8 passer rating). Jordy Nelson hauled in three TD passes as part of his nine-catch, 121-yard performance. The Green Bay defense limited Texans RB Arian Foster to 29 yards on 17 carries (1.7 avg.), the lowest output of his career in games with at least 15 attempts.
Sunday’s game marks the Texans’ second visit to Green Bay. They won 24-21 in 2008.
An interesting note — Packers defensive coordinator, Dom Capers, was the first head coach of the Texans — serving in that position from 2001 through 2005.
Green Bay’s final four regular season games all against the NFC after this week’s game against Houston.
The final three games this season on the schedule for the Packers are all in the NFC North division.
Next week, Green Bay will welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Lambeau Field. Including the postseason, it will be the fifth time the two teams have played since 2012. The Packers beat the Seahawks at home last season, 27-17.