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How Green Bay Can Protect Aaron Rodgers vs. Ferocious Texans Front 7
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It's bad enough that the 2-3 Green Bay Packers blew an 18-point lead to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday in a shocking 30-27 loss in Indianapolis, but the undefeated 4-0 Houston Texans will be Green Bay's next opponent next Sunday night in Houston.

The Texans still have to play tonight versus the New York Jets in New Jersey, but to many observers, Houston is the best team in the NFL.

Why? For one reason, the Texans had the top-ranked defense in the NFL heading into this weekend. One of the Houston defense's big attributes is their pass rush, which has accumulated 13 sacks heading into Monday night's game, which includes 7.5 sacks by former Wisconsin Badger J.J. Watt.

That should definitely concern the Packers, as the team has allowed an NFL-high 21 sacks so far in 2012, and is on pace for 67 sacks allowed this season, which would break the team record of 62 allowed in 1990.

The 1990 Green Bay team finished 6-10, plus saw their starting quarterback, Don Majkowski, go down with a season-ending shoulder injury later that season.

The 2012 Packers are heading for the same type of record. Last year's NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers, can't expect to stay healthy this season, not if he is sacked over four times a game on average.

Rodgers is fortunate to have had the success he has had this season, based on the pass-blocking he has received. Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdown passes, compared to four interceptions, for 1,307 yards, and has a quarterback rating of 97.0.

So, how can the Packers protect Rodgers against the fierce pass rush of the Texans next Sunday night? I'll list five ways the Packers can keep Rodgers upright and healthy.

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