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Packers 35 Texans 20: How It Happened

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The Green Bay Packers returned to their early-season form and took down the Houston Texans to improve to 5-1 on the season.  The Packers put together a complete game on offense and defense despite being without David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones.

All Packers in the First Half

Houston has surely had its struggles this season but the Packers came out firing, not waiting to get the jump in this game.  A 3-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams put the Packers on the board first.

From there, they added two more scoring drives to take a 21-0 lead at halftime.  Rodgers had nearly 200 passing yards and three touchdown passes at the intermission.

Without Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams racked up 45 well-earned yards and added three catches for 38 yards by the half.

Holding On For the Win

The Packers defense allowed 20 points in the half after opting to keep everything in front of them while up 28-7.  They got a big stop on fourth down late and then turned that into a touchdown but the Texans made a late charge after recovering an onside kick following their own touchdown.

Fortunately a few plays later, safety Henry Black, in his first NFL game, hit Texans running back David Johnson and jarred the ball loose and Adrian Amos was there to recover and seal the win.

It was the Houston Texans, who are struggling this season and only 1-5 on the season, but it’s still a road win and the Packers get back on track.

Standouts:

  • Davante Adams with a monster game.  He had a game-high 196 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches, 16 targets
  • Aaron Rodgers was back to his usual self, putting up 283 passing yards and four touchdowns.
  • Jamaal Williams was more than enough in place of Aaron Jones, tallying 77 rushing yards and a touchdown along with 37 yards receiving.
  • Amos had a sack and the recovered fumble after a slow start this season

Needs Some Work:

  • Packers special teams had a punt blocked and gave up an onside kick recovery
  • Still frustrating to see the defense content to sit back with a bigger lead.  It’s not a habit you want to see them get into as the season wears on and into the postseason.

 

The Packers return home to face a struggling Vikings team next Sunday and a chance to pick up another divisional win.

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