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Morning roundup: Packers turn tables in Houston

Oct. 15, 2012
 
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A vintage 2011-type performance from Aaron Rodgers and his offense lifted the Green Bay Packers out of an early season hole.

As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty wrote in the wake of the Packers’ 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Houston Texans on Sunday, Rodgers made several plays outside the pocket, put a key deep throw on the money and tied the franchise record of six touchdown passes to give the Packers a much-needed win at Reliant Stadium.

“Aaron was on fire,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He did a great job putting the ball where it needed to be. I thought the biggest play of the game was the first third down, took a shot to Jordy Nelson (for a 41-yard touchdown). (Rodgers) played with some bumps and bruises in the second half. Clearly one of his better performances as a Packer.”

You can read the rest of Dougherty's game story here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR01/121014048/High-octane-offense-helps-Packers-hogtie-Texans?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Rodgers stopped short of calling Sunday’s game a ‘must-win,’ but there’s no doubt the Packers’ quarterback silenced his critics with his six-touchdown showing, writes Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause.

Read his column here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR07/121014052/Mike-Vandermause-column-Rodgers-sterling-play-should-shut-up-critics-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Rodgers wasn’t the only one to turn the temperature up in Houston. Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson bounced back from his two-catch performance in the Colts’ 23-20 loss, writes Rob Demovsky in his Packers’ notebook.

Read about Nelson’s big-game, B.J. Raji sitting out and the Packers’ injuries here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR01/121014044/Notebook-WR-Nelson-has-monster-game?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*In his Packers’ Insiders, Demovsky gives a thumps up to the Packers’ fight against Houston and a thumbs down to the referees’ continued blown pass-interference calls on Sam Shields.

Read here his entire here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR01/121014051/Insider-McCarthy-pulls-Packers-back-from-brink-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*The Packers held Arian Foster and the Texans’ potent rushing attack in check, writes Vandermause in his rants and raves from Sunday’s games here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR01/121014047/Rants-Raves-Packers-manage-stuff-rush-without-Raji?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Press-Gazette stat guru, Eric Goska, writes on the Packers’ offense finally shedding its habit for getting shut down on its opening drive here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR07/310150186/Eric-Goska-column-Offense-breaks-out-first-drive-slump?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*A look at how the Packers and Texans scored in Sunday’s game is available here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR01/310140390/Packers-42-Texans-24-How-happened?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Dougherty and Demovsky breakdown the meaning of Sunday’s win over the Texans here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121014/PKR01/121015001/Video-Pete-Rob-talk-about-Packers-Texans?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Press-Gazette photographer Evan Siegle got some tremendous shots during his coverage of Sunday’s game here: http://www.packersnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=U0&Date=20121014&Category=PKR0201&ArtNo=210150801&Ref=PH&nclick_check=1
-whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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