Call me crazy, but I have a gut feeling that the 2-3 Green Bay Packers have a decent chance of defeating the 5-0 Houston Texans in Houston Sunday night. Win or lose, I expect the Packers to play a very spirited game.
Now why would I say this? I mean, the Texans have the third-ranked defense in the NFL. That includes being ranked ninth in rush defense and third in pass defense. The fierce pass rush of the Texans has also sacked the opposing quarterbacks 16 times (led by J.J. Watt's 7.5 sacks), which is tied for 6th in the NFL.
Plus, the Packers just lost a game against the Indianapolis Colts, in which they squandered an 18-point lead in the second half.
Add to that the current injury situation, which saw the Packers place running back Cedric Benson on IR, while it looks like wide receiver Greg Jennings, tight end Jermichael Finley and nose tackle B.J. Raji will all be out vs. the Texans.
All in all, the Packers have not reached the level of playing on all cylinders yet in 2012. They have come close offensively, with the game against the New Orleans Saints being a prime example and also the first half performance last week vs. the Colts being another.
The Green Bay defense is much improved over last year, but has not gotten as many turnovers and has given up passing yardage too liberally.
Special teams has also improved again this year, but the kicking game laid an egg last week.
Bottom line, still I expect the Packers to play very well, even with all the adversity facing them. I'm listing five reasons why I believe Green Bay has a real chance to beat the undefeated Texans on Sunday night.