Stop Lamar Miller
Houston’s biggest threat on offense comes on the ground in the form of Lamar Miller, a smart free agent pickup last spring. Fifth in rushing with 881 yards, Miller can take it the distance when free in open space.
Miller can also threaten as a pass catcher, although he hasn’t been utilized in this role as effectively as he was in Miami.
The Texans will attempt to impose their will with the run, making life easier for Osweiler to find his receivers. The Packers can control the game with good play on offense and winning up front on defense to slow Miller’s progress.
The former Miami Dolphin is dealing with a shoulder and ribs injury, which has limited him somewhat in recent weeks. Miller, a limited participant in practice Wednesday, is expected to play and still receive the lion’s share of carries in the backfield.
Shutting down the run game is key as it would make the Houston offense one-dimensional. Green Bay must put the Texans’ chances of winning into the hands of Osweiler, forcing him to outplay Aaron Rodgers.
In that battle, there’s only one winner.