Packers Challenge: Top-Ranked Texans

With a shocking second-half collapse at Indianapolis, Green Bay has tumbled to No. 12 in The Associated Press' AP Pro32 power rankings. The Packers face the No. 1 Texans on Sunday night.

NEW YORK — The Green Bay Packers, who slipped to 12th in the AP Pro32 power rankings, visit the top-ranked Houston Texans on Sunday night.

Houston is followed by Atlanta, San Francisco, Baltimore and New England. For the rest of the rankings, CLICK HERE.

Comments on the Green Bay Packers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):

Chris Berman (ESPN, 10) — Blew 18-point lead at half. Only other time was 1957.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 9) — Still believe they are a playoff team, but losing Cedric Benson and coughing up 18-point lead to Colts is concerning.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 15)

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 11) — Better than their record, trust me. Upset special ... Green Bay over Houston on Sunday night!

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 12) — More problems on defense, as Green Bay blows a 21-3 lead to a rebuilding Colts team on the road.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 16) — Incredibly, the Packers do not have an individual 100-yard receiver yet this season.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 14) — I don't care how sensational Aaron Rodgers is. If the Packers can't fix their pass defense they're doomed.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 8) — The Pack could trail the Vikings by three games in the NFC North by Sunday evening.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 9) — Aaron Rodgers still gets sacked too often and the defense just let rookie Andrew Luck throw for 362 yards.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 11) — A tough draw for the Packers facing the Colts in the wake of Colts coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia diagnosis.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 19) — Following a second-half collapse last Sunday at Indianapolis, the Packers are now 4-5 in their last nine games dating back to 2011.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 11) — How many losses that are "exceptional" can we grant the Packers before we start believing they are what their record says they are?


Here are comments on the Houston Texans by the AP Pro32 panel.

Chris Berman (ESPN, 1) — Now they know what it is like to be hunted.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 2) — Losing Brian Cushing will hurt, although they have dealt well with injuries before.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 1)

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 1) — Even when they didn't play their best last night in a prime time game against the Jets, they still win ... really tells you how far this organization has come.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 2) — Unbeaten streak lives on, but not without a huge loss. Texans will have to carry on without injured linebacker Brian Cushing.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 1) — End J.J. Watt is a front-runner for NFL Defensive Player of the Year with his AFC-leading 8 1/2 sacks.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 1) — It's 2011 all over again. With the loss of Brian Cushing, the Texans find out just how resilient they are.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 1) — How will the loss of Brian Cushing affect J.J. Watt, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year after the first five weeks?

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 1) — Not every win is going to look pretty but the Texans remain undefeated, the run game unstoppable and J.J. Watt unblockable. The loss of Brian Cushing can't be underestimated.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 1) — The Texans are the class of the league right now with dominant players in J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Fun to watch!

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 1) — Don't stop at NFL Defensive Player of the Year consideration for pass-rushing demon J.J. Watt. At this rate, he should garner legitimate consideration to become the first defensive player to win Most Valuable Player honors since Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 1) — They have outscored opponents by 76 points this year, which tells you something about all three phases of their game.


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