GREEN BAY (2-3) at HOUSTON (5-0)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
OPENING LINE: Texans by 4.
RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 1-4; Houston 4-1.
SERIES RECORD: Tied 1-1.
AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 12; Texans No. 1.
LAST MEETING: Texans beat Packers 24-21, Dec. 7, 2008.
LAST WEEK: Packers lost to Colts 30-27; Texans beat New York Jets 23-17.
INJURY REPORTS: Packers: Out — WR Greg Jennings (groin); S Sean Richardson (hamstring). Questionable — TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder); CB Davon House (shoulder); DT B.J. Raji (ankle); TE D.J. Williams (hamstring). Texans: Out — S Quintin Demps (thumb/forearm). Probable — LB Mister Alexander (Achilles); CB Alan Ball (ankle); G Antoine Caldwell (ankle/foot); NT Shaun Cody (back); RB Justin Forsett (thigh); RB Arian Foster (knee); K Shayne Graham (calf); WR Lestar Jean (knee); WR Andre Johnson (groin); CB Johnathan Joseph (knee); S Shiloh Keo (neck); OLB Jesse Nading (foot); DE Antonio Smith (ankle); G Wade Smith (foot); RB Ben Tate (toe).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers visiting Houston for first time since 2004. ... Green Bay facing an undefeated team with at least five wins for first time since playing 7-0 Tennessee in November 2008. ... Packers 10-3 in last 13 road games (including playoffs). ... Packers lead NFL in red-zone efficiency, scoring on 11 of 15 drives inside opponents' 20-yard line (73.3 percent). ... QB Aaron Rodgers has 99.4 rating in road games since 2008, second in the league (Tom Brady, 101.4). ... Packers share NFL lead in sacks (18) with Chicago and Cincinnati. ... OLB Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks (eight). He has 37 1/2 sacks since 2009, fourth in the league. ... RB Cedric Benson placed on injured reserve Wednesday with sprained left foot. WR Greg Jennings (groin), DT B.J. Raji (ankle) and TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder) all missed practice Wednesday. ... Texans have won five straight games for second straight season. They set franchise record with seven consecutive victories in 2011. ... Houston has won time of possession in each of its first five games. ... Texans 38-5 when rushing 30 times or more under Gary Kubiak became coach in 2006. ... RB Arian Foster is league's second-leading rusher (106.4 ypg). He has 19 career 100-yard rushing games and three this season. ... WR Andre Johnson has 9,939 yards receiving in career. ... TE Owen Daniels leads team with 23 receptions for 311 yards. ... DE J.J. Watt ranks second to Matthews in sacks (7 1/2) this season. Watt also has eight pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. ... Houston defense has held four of five opponents below 20 points. ... Texans 4-0 when winning turnover margin this season. ... LB Brian Cushing placed on injured reserve Wednesday with torn anterior cruciate ligament. Houston cut KR/PR Trindon Holliday and signed LB Barrett Ruud. Rookie Keshawn Martin, a fourth-round draft pick, takes over return duties.
PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (4-1): Strange things happen in the NFL almost every week. Last Sunday, the Vikings destroyed the Titans. On Thursday, the Titans rebounded to beat the Steelers. Or, look at the Colts. In the span of three weeks, Indianapolis beat Minnesota (4-1), lost at home to Jacksonville (1-4) and rallied from down 18 to beat Green Bay. So, no, it’s hardly out of the question that the Packers pry themselves off the floor and stun the Texans. Houston is coming off a short week and hardly looked unbeatable in edging the woeful Jets 23-17. Still, the Packers can’t stop the run and they’ve fallen from No. 1 against the pass to No. 16 in the span of two weeks. On the other side of the ball, can Alex Green and James Starks take enough of the pressure off Aaron Rodgers to slow the Texans’ dominant pass rush? Those shortcomings seem almost insurmountable. Texans 34, Packers 17.