Green Bay Packers: Five keys to beating Texans in Week 13
Slow starts killed the Packers in losses to Indianapolis, Tennessee and Washington, placing them immediately behind the eight ball. It was no surprise, then, that an early lead in Philadelphia led to victory.
Of all the keys pointed out in this article, starting fast may be the most important, as it ties together many of the other points. If the Packers race out to an early lead, they force the Texans to throw more often and abandon the run game. Brock Osweiler must then win with his arm, making the Houston offense one-dimensional, allowing the Packers to tee off on the quarterback.
Starting fast became a staple of the Packers’ great season two years ago, more of a surprise any time they didn’t score on their opening possession. Last week’s win felt more like the Packers of old we’ve come to expect, and racing to a quick start will put them in command against the Texans.
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If Green Bay can sustain long, scoring drives from the opening possession, take away Houston’s run game and pressure the quarterback, they will walk away with a second straight win and potentially close the gap on the Lions for the NFC North lead.