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Default Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans. 7:20. 10/14. **Official GameDay Thread**

The Night Game, Part 2 of 4



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Although the Houston Texans are one of the NFL's two remaining unbeatens, there's suddenly a feeling of concern for Gary Kubiak's team.

Their problem, however, doesn't appear as troubling as what the Green Bay Packers are experiencing.

Following a season-ending injury to All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing, the Texans look to regroup Sunday night when they host a Packers team coming off yet another discouraging performance in a stunning defeat.

Houston (5-0) is off to the best start in franchise history and has already begun to separate itself from the pack in the AFC South. Its path to the playoffs, however, took a major hit in Monday night's 23-17 win over the New York Jets, as Cushing suffered a torn left knee ligament on a low block by guard Matt Slauson.

"A big blow for our team," Kubiak said. "We have to have guys pick it up around him and we've got to find a way to move forward."

Cushing has a team-high 29 tackles and has led the Texas in that department in two of three seasons since being named the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009. He is also the emotional leader on a defense that ranks third in total yards allowed with 275.6 per game and fourth in scoring at 14.6 points.

Kubiak says Tim Dobbins, who moved into Cushing's spot Monday and finished with four tackles and a pass deflection, is "option No. 1" to replace Cushing in the lineup.

"It's a challenge for our team, that's what this is," Kubiak said. "We know Dobbins is going to go in there and play well, and every player in our locker room is going to take on a little bit more responsibility."

J.J. Watt is one player who is expected to help shoulder the load. He has eight pass deflections and 7 1/2 sacks, one-half less than league leader Clay Matthews of Green Bay.







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What I want to see:

More OD in the slot.

When I saw this on the first drive of the game, lots of possibilities came up. I would be happy as all hell if we kept doing this.

Attack Rodgers and wreak some havoc vs. GB's iffy OL.

What Seattle, CHI and Indy did to #12 is known. Pressure on Rodgers turns the Packer O into something bordering on average. So, with that in mind, pressure him constantly. Barwin, time to get a sack!

Foster and Tate time.

This isn't going to be a long one. Run these two all night if you have to. The Packers allow 114 rush yards a game, so this is a nice way to keep that offense off the field.

J-Jo and AJ redemption.

Last week, fans/media said Joesph and Dre both had terrible nights vs. NYJ. So, what better way to make people say "that was last week" than to show out on the biggest stage of the week. I expect to see both.

Folks, this is the biggest stage in the regular season we've EVER been on. So what changes? NOTHING. 1-0 every week, that's the goal. Let's show the nation AGAIN how we do it, but this time in OUR building. Be loud, drown out any and every cheesehead you see and let's get this W! LETS MUTHA****IN' GO, TEXANS!!!
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