A decade ago, Mike Sherman took an injury-decimated Packers team into Foxborough, Mass., to face the defending Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots. His defense was without defensive ends Vonnie Holliday (torn pectoral muscle) and Joe Johnson (torn triceps), cornerback Mike McKenzie (groin) and safeties Antuan Edwards (broken forearm) and Darren Sharper (hamstring). They left with a 28-10 victory in which cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who’d been signed on Wednesday, had a critical interception and safety Todd Franz, promoted from the practice squad after being signed while hanging drywall, each chipped in. Could this team rise up on the road against the Texans the way that 2002 team did? Sure. But the guess here is that it doesn’t happen. That team was also 4-1 entering that Patriots game, not 2-3. That team finished the season 12-4. The guess here is that this team doesn’t replicate that mark. Texans 27, Packers 21. (Record: 2-3.)

– Jason Wilde