The Green Bay Packers got themselves back on track on Sunday. Playing a 1-5 Houston Texans team that had seen little success this season and doing so in front of a Packers-friendly crowd of about 12,500, Green Bay came away with a solid — albeit slightly tenuous at times — victory over a team that it should have beaten.
The team also saw its biggest starts — at least the ones who were able to play — shine brightly under the roof of NFG Stadium. Davante Adams set a new career-high in receiving yards and hit the 150-yard mark for the second time this season. Jaire Alexander pitched a shutout. And of course, Aaron Rodgers looked more like his old self, posting a passer rating over 130 in a single game for the 30th time in his career.
It was in large part what Packers fans wanted to see: a game that was solidly in control from beginning to end. There were a few anxious moments late, with the Texans converting an onside kick while down 15 points, but for once the Packers’ defense came up with a big play to thwart any potential late comeback attempt.
Now it’s back home for a game against Minnesota on Sunday, a team that looks like it has given up just as much as the Texans have. Hopefully some home cooking will keep the Packers rolling next Sunday.
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Aaron Rodgers got back to his successful ways on Sunday and backed up his description of the Tampa Bay game as an anomaly. Rodgers threw for almost 300 yards and tossed four scores in a highly efficient day.
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Without David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones, the Packers used a heavy dose of the quick passing game to minimize the length of time their line needed to pass-block. Rodgers largely stuck to short passes but did complete 3 of 4 attempts beyond 20 yards, including the big 45-yard touchdown to Davante Adams.
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Adams had another stellar day, however, finishing one catch shy of the franchise record (which he tied earlier this year) and almost hitting the 200-yard mark.
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While this game proved that the Packers can still feast on poor competition, they will still need to answer questions about whether they can hang with top-tier defenses. They did beat up on the Saints, who were ranked 8th on defense heading into week 7, but the other four teams were in the bottom half of the NFL.
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For Alexander, it was just another day at the office, blanking a very good wide receiver. He did it to Mike Evans a week ago and Calvin Ridley two weeks earlier, and he absolutely should be in the discussion for an All-Pro spot.
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