The Packers offense can bounce back in Week 7.
Last Sunday’s performance was a rough one for the Green Bay Packers offense. After a red-hot start to the season, they crashed back down to earth against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Packers get well-beaten under Matt LaFleur. It won’t be the last. However, so far under LaFleur, his team has bounced back well after these performances.
This Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans presents a similar opportunity.
Whereas the Buccaneers rank number one in yards allowed per game, the Texans haven’t been anywhere near as strong on defense. Houston is allowing 423 yards per game, third-most in the NFL. It also ranks 26th in scoring defense, 21st in passing offense, and is worst in the league in rushing defense.
Simply put, this isn’t a matchup to fear for the Packers offense.
That’s not to say the Texans don’t have talent. This defense does have 16 sacks on the year. J.J. Watt leads the way with three sacks and six quarterback hits.
But one disappointing game for the Packers offensive line doesn’t mean they’ve become a bad unit. Far from it. Despite last week’s struggles, Green Bay still ranks first in the league in ESPN’s pass block win rate this season.
One player who should be very excited about this game is Aaron Jones.
Houston’s defense has allowed a 100-yard rusher in four of its six games so far this season. And while the Baltimore Ravens didn’t have one running back put up 100 yards, as a team they rushed for 230 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. Just last week, Derrick Henry rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns versus this defense.
Viewed as a tough road matchup when the schedule was released, this could be the opposite. The Texans are in real trouble after losing five of their first six games, with a head coach change in the middle of it.
The Packers offense needs a get-right game this week. Against the Texans, it should happen.