Green Bay (2-3) at Houston (5-0)
Time: 5:15 PDT. TV: Channel 4
Story line: Green Bay has stumbled through the replacement refs’ gaffe in Seattle, a blown 18-point lead in Indianapolis and the surprising drop in play by QB Aaron Rodgers. He’s been sacked 21 times, RB Cedric Benson is lost to injury, and WR Greg Jennings and TE Jermichael Finley are sore. The Texans also suffered a big loss. Tackles leader Brian Cushing is out with a torn knee ligament.
Packers said: “We clearly have ¿ higher expectations of ourselves. But we also recognize the fact that every NFL season is different. Challenges are going to come at you, some different than past.” — Mike McCarthy, coach
Texans said: “Trust me when I say I’ll be back better than ever. I appreciate all the love and want u to know WE are STILL winning THIS year’s Super Bowl.” — Cushing, linebacker, on Twitter.
Bottom line: Houston is favored by 3¿1/2¿ points, and the over/under is 47.5. The Packers are 10-3 in their most recent road games¿ Green Bay LB Clay Matthews is back to his old ways, leading NFL in sacks Houston has kept four of five opponents to fewer than 20 points.