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Week 6. Arian Foster and the Houston Texans will host the Green Bay Packers at Reliant Stadium
The Houston Texans made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last season. They won their first-ever playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals but lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round.
That's pretty impressive considering they were down to their third-string quarterback and, defensively, they had been without star LB/DE Mario Williams since early in the season.
However, it's not hard to believe the Texans success when you realize that Arian Foster is the primary ball carrier.
In 2011, Foster ran for 1,224 yards and caught 53 passes for 617 yards. He plans on besting both of those totals this season.
And he could really hurt the Packers in this game, especially if Andre Johnson is healthy. Johnson demands a lot of attention from opposing defenses, and if he makes his presence felt early in the game, there will be fewer Packers in the box to stop Arian Foster.
In addition, QB Matt Schaub returns under center, which gives the Texans the ability to spread the field even more. Schaub can throw the ball with the best of them. In his two seasons before last year, he threw for a combined 9,140 yards and 53 touchdown passes.
Again, a top-flight quarterback complemented by a great running back...this combination does not bode well for the Packers. They will struggle defending Andre Johnson, will not get sufficient pressure on Shaub and will be gashed by Foster's running and pass-catching talents.
However, the Texans lost some big playmakers on defense. DeMeco Ryans departed to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Mario Williams signed a huge contract with the Buffalo Bills.
So it will be interesting to see how Houston's defense responds to those key departures.
Despite Ryans and Williams leaving, the Texans will be in a good position to take on the Packers in this midseason clash.
It will be a heavy dose of Arian Foster and the Packers will have no answer. But the difference will be Andre Johnson. If he is healthy the Texans will win this game. If he isn't able to play the Packers will win this game soundly.
If Andre Johnson plays, Texans win 30-24.
If he doesn't play, the Packers triumph 27-17.