GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers were looking for answers all over in the wake of a dispiriting 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Their once powerful offense looks nothing like it did in 2011. Their defense is starting to look entirely too much like last year's group. And their otherwise solid special teams is asking why its previously reliable, strong-legged kicker Mason Crosby missed a pair of 50-yard field goals -- including a potential tying 51-yarder with 3 seconds left in the game -- after being virtually automatic before Sunday.
It all adds up to a 2-3 record, putting the Packers below .500 at this point in the season for the third time in coach Mike McCarthy's seven-year tenure. When it happened in McCarthy's first season of 2006, the team needed a four-game winning streak to end the year at 8-8. When it happened in 2008 in Aaron Rodgers' first season as the team's starting quarterback, the Packers were 5-5 before a five-game losing streak led to a 6-10 finish.
On top of it all, the Packers' next game is against the Houston Texans, who took a perfect 4-0 record into their Monday night game at the New York Jets. The Packers play at Houston next Sunday night, the second of three consecutive games away from Lambeau Field.
"We're a focused football team; we're just not playing to the level that we want to play at right now," said McCarthy, whose team reeled off 19 consecutive victories -- six straight en route to the Super Bowl XLV title and 13 in a row to open last season - but has now lost 5 of its last nine.
Green Bay Packers
at Houston Texans
8:30 p.m. Sunday