The Houston Texans are coming off a 42-24 home loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. This matchup was a litmus test as to where the Texans rank, not only in the AFC, but against the entire NFL.
After seeing how they performed, the jury is still out.
Houston came out flat and never recovered, as the Packers dominated all facets of the game.
Quarterback Matt Schaub only completed 20 of his 33 passes for 232 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. And running back Arian Foster only tallied 29 yards on 14 carries, though he did score two touchdowns.
Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers also torched Houston's defense for 338 yards and six touchdowns en route to the victory. And wide receivers Jordy Nelson (three) and James Jones (two) were each able to find the endzone multiple times.
Overall, this was just a sloppy game for the Texans against a Packers team that needed the win more than they did. Seven penalties, three turnovers and three sacks allowed also played a part in the loss.
But Houston still plays in one of the worst divisions in the entire NFL and should be able to quickly bounce back. But a tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens next week is very significant to the hierarchy of the AFC.
However, the rest of the conference looks extremely vulnerable right now.
The New England Patriots also lost to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns sent the Cincinnati Bengals home with a second-straight loss and the Pittsburgh Steelers lost a stunner to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
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Sunday's loss to the Packers might have been rock bottom for the Texans, but that isn't such a bad thing—especially this early in the season.
Just like the rest of the AFC, Houston is still trying to figure out what will work as the season progresses. And while they may not be as complete of a team as previously thought, the 5-1 Texans are currently in much better shape than the Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and Bengals.
Though the loss to the Packers looks terrible, the Texans would do well to draw the negatives out of this game in order to stay ahead in the AFC.