Packers get back on track in surprise thrashing of Texans 42-24
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior analyst
~Aaron Rodgers was tired of answering questions about where he and the Packers offense had been. Asked tonight after the game by Michele Tafoya what his performance said to the critics, he responded “shhh”.
A team-record tying six touchdown passes has way of silencing a lot of folks. No interceptions helps as well.
“I think we were all just tired of answering questions about what happened to the Packers, what happened to me,” Rodgers said. “It was a good team effort tonight. The offensive line blocked great. We ran the ball with effectiveness. Guys made some plays down the field. Just getting back to the way we are capable of playing. We haven’t gone anywhere.”
All in all, Rodgers was 24/37 for 339 yards and six touchdowns as he and the Packers offense was reminiscent of 2010-2011 in a throttling in Houston of the previously undefeated Texans. Houston was considered by many to be the best, and most well-balanced team in the NFL.
They were, however, playing their first game without Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing, who suffered a torn ACL last week to end his season.
Speaking of injuries, the Packers suffered more than their fair share Sunday night.
Already missing B.J. Raji on the D-line with an ankle, rookie Nick Perry went down with a possible-serious knee injury. Not long after that, another linebacker, D.J. Smith, went down with an achilles, ankle, or foot injury.
Brandon Saine suffered what appeared to be another possible significant knee injury. And Sam Shields also went out with a leg, knee, or foot injury later in the game.
Jordy Nelson caught three of Rodgers’ touchdowns, James Jones caught two for the third straight game, tying Don Hutson’s franchise record. Tight end Tom Crabtree caught the other one as Rodgers set his career high with the six touchdowns.
With the win, the Packers moved to 3-3 (4-2 if you count the Seattle game as a win, like many do), and they play their third straight road game next week in St Louis. After that, the Packers get two home games as Jacksonville and Arizona pay visits north.
The defense played a great game, and held rushing champion Arian Foster to 29 yards on 17 carries, a rare stinker of a game for Foster and the Texans strong rushing game. The Packers did it without starting NT Raji. Ryan Pickett stepped up, as did A.J. Hawk at ILB.
While the Packers leave Houston thrilled with a win, there will be much concern about how serious the many injuries are.