Green Bay is staring at a 2-4 start to the 2012 season one year after finishing 15-1 when they travel to Houston to play the undefeated Texans.
Both teams have dynamic players and we will see the stars come out in this crucial showdown. Andre Johnson is a likely candidate for a big performance, but these three will ultimately have the biggest.
Aaron Rodgers is still the best quarterback in the league. However, he hasn't played like the best recently and he is in danger of at least losing that title if his stretch of average play continues.
In order for him to have a great game, his offensive line has to step up to the plate. Rodgers has been sacked 21 times in five games. His season thus far is a perfect example of what franchise quarterbacks are like without pressure.
Yet, just like any big time quarterback, he still has the numbers. Rodgers has passed for 10 touchdowns while being intercepted four times. Pretty good numbers when you consider.
Houston's pass defense is third in the NFL, but consider who they have played this year before calling them a great pass defense. Miami, Jacksonville, Tennessee and the New York Jets—four games against lousy or young quarterbacks.
Judge their pass defense by how they did against Denver and Peyton Manning. The Broncos QB passed for 330 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Houston's pass defense is average and will be exposed this weekend.
Rodgers passes for 340 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Arian Foster continues to perform like the best running back in the NFL. He is averaging four yards per carry and has racked up 532 yards and five rushing touchdowns.
Foster will get a Green Bay rush defense that is giving up 114.2 yards per game (17th in NFL) and an overall defense that has allowed 27 or more points in three of its first five games.
The Texans running back has not had a game under 79 yards and has scored at least one touchdown, rushing or receiving, in every game this season. In three of the first five games Foster rushed for over 100 yards.
Foster is the real deal and he'll continue to put up massive numbers.
Foster has 22 carries, 102 yards and a touchdown.
Nelson is Green Bay's leading receiver (23 receptions, 289 yards) and while he hasn't had the year he produced last season, this would be the perfect stage for him to have a breakout performance.
Rodgers will have a breakout game if he can receive enough protection and Nelson will be the ultimate benefactor for the Packers and fantasy owners everywhere.
Going up against a defense that hasn't been tested too often this year, Nelson will have the best game of his season because of his route running ability and knack for scoring in the red zone.
Nelson catches seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Packers upset the Texans 31-28.
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