It has not been an easy couple of weeks for promising Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Texans won their first game of the season in Week Five against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That was their first game without Bill O’Brien as head coach since 2016. However, they were humbled by a 42-36 loss at the hands of the Tennessee Titans in Week Six.
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers also suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend. Matt LaFleur will be keen for his team to get back to winning ways as the Packers aim to seal a playoff spot, sooner rather than later.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Seven game day predictions.
The Houston Texans are currently on a 1-5 record heading into Week Seven. Interim coach Romeo Crennel faces a tough task ahead of him on Sunday night. Deshaun Watson will have to play a near-perfect game to outplay the Packers defense, who will be raring to go after last week’s thrashing at the hands of the Buccaneers. Watson threw four TDs and 335 yards in the narrow OT loss to the Titans last week.
RB David Johnson and WRs Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Jordan Akins (listed as questionable), and Randall Cobb will provide Watson with options moving forward. The Texans defense will rely on leader JJ Watt to step up and silence the explosive Aaron Rodgers.
Ahead of Sunday’s clash at the NRG Stadium, the Packers were dealt with a huge blow with LT David Bakhtiari missing out with a chest injury. Coach Matt LaFleur will have to make do without his star offensive lineman, who provided extensive coverage to Aaron Rodgers in the shotgun formation.
Rodgers had a forgettable outing against the Buccaneers and will be determined to silence his doubters in Week Seven. LaFleur will hope that RB Aaron Jones and TE Robert Tonyan will be declared fit to play against the Texans.
TE Jordan Akins – Ankle/Concussion
ILB Peter Kalambayi – Hamstring
RB Tyler Ervin – Wrist
DL Tyler Lancaster – Shoulder
DL Montravius Adams – Unspecified
RB Aaron Jones – Calf
C Corey Linsley – Back
LB Preston Smith – Shoulder
TE Robert Tonyan – Ankle
T David Bakhtiari – Chest
C Kevin King – Quadricep
S Darnell Savage – Quadricep
We are going with Aaron Rodgers and Co. as favorites to return home with a much needed ‘W’ this weekend. The Packers were thoroughly torn apart by the clinical Buccaneers last Sunday. They will be hell-bent on finding the consistency which led them to a four-game winning streak in the build-up to Week Six.
Deshaun Watson has been in fine form since the departure of O’Brien. He looks to be in control of the team’s offense. However, will his supporting cast step up and help pull off a major upset at the NRG Stadium on Sunday?