December 3, 2016

    By Wayne Sargent

    On Sunday, December 4th, The Green Bay Packers, (5-6) will host The Houston Texans, (6-5) at Lambeau Field.  Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

    The Texans, coming off a loss last week to the San Diego Chargers are in sole position of 1st place in the AFC south. The Packers, coming back from a win against the Philadelphia Eagles, are 2 games behind the Detroit Lions, (7-4), trailing 1 game behind 2nd place Minnesota Vikings, (6-5) in the NFC North.

    The Texans are a relatively new team. The city of Houston found itself without professional football for the first time since 1960, as the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee, eventually renamed the Tennessee Titans.  Eager to bring football back to Houston, businessman Bob McNair outbid the city of Los Angeles and was awarded the National Football League’s 32nd franchise in October 1999.

    In 2000, after several months of research, an online survey helped narrow down the team nickname to three options: Apollos, Stallions and Texans. The team was officially named the Houston Texans.

    The Texans 1st Head Coach was Dom Capers. Dom is the current defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, a position he’s held for 11 seasons.

    Since becoming established in 2002, The Texans have played the Packers just 3 times with the Pack leading 2-1.

    The Packers, having lost 4 consecutive games previously, have not been the team we’ve all expected them to be. Now, the question is, which Packer team will show up after the impressive win over the Eagles?  The team of the recent past or the team that showed up against the Eagles. Against the Eagles, the Packers played like the team many thought to be coming into this season ranked as a top Super Bowl Contender.

    Against the Eagles, we witnessed a Packer team that played an entire 60 minutes. A team that played with heart and desire, something that’s been missing, attributing to the last 4 losses.

    As Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers both stated this past week “I think we can run the table”!  Can we?  After this past winning performance, assuming they continue playing at this caliber, I think they can. However, for us to become Playoff Contenders, we’ll need the help of a couple of Lion and Viking losses to do that.

    The road ahead to the Playoffs isn’t easy.  The Pack plays Houston and Seattle at home, then away to Chicago, then back to Lambeau against the Vikings on Christmas Eve day. They finish the season away at Ford Field in Detroit against the Lions.

    In light of the Pack’s last performance, I’m going against my previous statement, if the “Pack is Back”, my Ultimate Prediction is the Pack comes out on top, 35-27.



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