Not every game that a team plays against an out-of-conference opponent is particularly memorable. Not every NFC team has a single defining moment in the stadium of an AFC team.
But the Green Bay Packers? They sure have one from NRG Stadium in Houston.
Eight years ago, the Packers went into what was then known as Reliant Stadium at 2-3, three weeks after the Fail Mary and one week after dropping an ugly 30-27 decision in Indianapolis. On Sunday Night Football, the Packers faced an undefeated Texans team that was a four-point favorite, and Aaron Rodgers immediately went to work.
After a 41-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson on the first drive, J.J. Watt sacked Rodgers on the ensuing series, mocking Rodgers’ belt celebration. The reigning NFL MVP then went nuclear, throwing for five more touchdowns and turning the game into a 42-24 laugher that was even more lopsided than the score looks. Rodgers then turned to sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya after the game for one of his iconic post-game moments.
This week, Rodgers has faced questions about the Packers’ offense and whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the rest of the NFL a blueprint to stopping it. A clearly annoyed Rodgers appears extra motivated this week, and will surely look to repeat the success he had in his only other visit to Houston, which was one of the finest games of his career.
This week, the game does not come in prime time and will not be broadcast nationwide. As a result, our Game Primer is here to fill you in on all the essential details for this Sunday’s contest.
Green Bay Packers (4-1) vs. Houston Texans (1-5)
Sunday, October 25, 2020
12:00 Noon Central Time
Commentators: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Packers Radio Network
Sirius 82/XM 383
Point spread: Packers favored by 3.5 points
Over/under total: 57
Week 13 2016: @Packers 21, Texans 13
All-Time Head to Head Record
Packers lead 3-1-0