Week 13: Texans take on Packers at Lambeau Field
The Houston Texans take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday, and both teams really need a win. The Texans have lost two in a row and are trying to keep hold of their lead in the AFC South. A loss would make them 6-6 in the season and hurt their chance of winning the South and making the playoffs. The Packers are coming off a win over Philadelphia and are looking to climb out of third place in the NFC North. To make the playoffs, they need to win their division – which likely won’t be possible if they lose this game.
The Texans have been having a pretty mediocre season, and the Packers are widely predicted to take the win this week. Unless Brock Osweiler can pull a miracle and start throwing more to DeAndre Hopkins, the Packers will have this one in the bag.
Rodgers on Osweiler
The Texans have gotten a lot of heat this season for the $72-million gamble they took on quarterback Brock Osweiler. There was a lot of hype surrounding him because he studied under legend Peyton Manning – hype he just hasn’t lived up to yet.
But Aaron Rodgers understands what Osweiler is going through. The Green Bay quarterback spent three years behind Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre for three years before getting his chance to start. In his first season as starter, the Packers went 6-10 despite high expectations.
“I think the most important thing over the course of an NFL season is just – no offense – is just blocking out the outside noise,” he said. “If the National Football League was easy, everybody would do it. It’s a constant challenge, it’s a constant learning process, but it’s something I love. I love that challenge.
“Every single week isn’t going to be perfect, but that’s what makes those really good weeks special, that’s what makes those wins special, because we know how hard it is to be successful. Just that process of coming in, working to get better, practicing to get better, studying film to get better, that’s the best part about this sport.”
Both Rodgers and Osweiler know it takes a lot of confidence to survive in the NFL, especially when everyone is doubting and criticizing you.
“I think the most important thing for a football team and for an individual is obviously to believe in yourself and your abilities, but then believe and trust your teammates, that they’re going to do their jobs. Trust in your teammates, trust in your coaches,” Osweiler said. “And when you have that belief amongst each other, you’re able to do special things.”