Houston (CBS Houston) – The Texans’ begin their season’s most critical month with a formidable task on Sunday; beating the high octane Packers at Lambeau Field.
“I have not seen their offense be out of sync; I’ll be honest with you,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Friday. “If you go back to the Atlanta game, if you watch even the Indianapolis game, I mean, this is an offense that’s very dangerous.”
It’s a must win situation for Green Bay, who is 11th in the league in total offense. The Packers enter the game with a record of 5-6, tied for 9th place in the NFC with New Orleans, with only the top six qualifying for the playoffs.
It’s also critically important for the Texans (6-5), losers of two straight, with both the Colts and Titans just a game back in the loss column for the division lead in the AFC South.
“It’s never easy, especially playing up there too,” Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said. “It’s going to be a good matchup and a good challenge for us. You know, he (Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) can run, he can throw, he can do it all.”
While one game rarely defines a season, the Texans know the verdict on 2016 hinges on their performance over the next few weeks. After Green Bay, the team will travel to Indianapolis, followed by home games against Jacksonville and Cincinnati before closing out the season New Year’s Day at Tennessee. December has been kind to Houston of late, with the Texans holding a 6-3 record in the month the past two seasons as part of playoff pushes.
“Teams are made in December,” tight end CJ Fiedorowicz said. “You could either make or break your season. We have five games left here that could really give us a good bid in the playoffs or it be really bad, but I think we’re going to head in the right direction here.”