Packers look like the 2011 Packers in dominating HoustonWisconsin Sports
-- Aaron Rodgers tied a Green Bay record with six touchdown passes, as the Packers handed the Texans their first loss in Houston last night, 42-24.
HOUSTON, Tex. - Aaron Rodgers tied a Green Bay record with six touchdown passes, as the Packers handed the Texans their first loss in Houston last night, 42-to-24.
It was the Packers’ first truly dominant performance of the season, as they improved to 3-and-3. But it came at a price, as four more players fell to injuries. Inside linebacker D-J Smith and running back Brandon Saine were both on crutches after the game with potentially serious right knee injuries. Outside linebacker Nick Perry and corner Sam Shields also left with knee injuries and did not return. The Packers never trailed. They were up 14-nothing early, and 21-10 at the half.
Rodgers completed 24-of-37 passes for 338 yards. Three of his six touchdowns went to Jordy Nelson, who had nine catches for 121 yards. James Jones also hauled in two scoring passes, and Tom Crabtree had the other touchdown. Rodgers was sacked twice, both times by former Wisconsin defensive end J-J Watt. Alex Green had 22 carries for 65 yards in place of the injured Cedric Benson. The Pack outgained Houston with 427 total yards to 321. Matt Schaub threw for 232 yards and two interceptions for the Texans. Arian Foster was held to 29 yards, but he scored twice. David Posey recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for Houston’s final score. The Texans also had a couple of key injuries. Defensive end Tim Jamison left with an Achilles’ injury, and guard Antoine Caldwell suffered a concussion.
The Texans’ loss means that Atlanta is the only unbeaten team in the NFL at 6-0. Green Bay is now eighth in the NFC with an identical record as in their Super Bowl-winning season of 2010. The Packers will play at Saint Louis next Sunday.