Aaron Rodgers went 24-of-37 for 338 yards through the air, the Packers offensive line did a good job of protecting their star signal-caller, and the Green Bay defense stood up to Houston's attack to earn the victory.
How good was Rodgers? Allow ESPN's Trey Wingo to enlighten us:
Rodgers 5 TD passes tonight.. Texans had given up all of 6 TD passes thru first 5 games. #misterrodgersneighborhood— trey wingo (@wingoz) October 15, 2012
Rodgers wound up with six touchdowns, adding to the absurdity of that statement.
Granted, Houston didn't help its cause. CBS Sports Network's Jim Rome spoke to something that was a problem all night for Gary Kubiak's squad:
The Texans REALLY want the Packers to score on this drive.Are there any stupid penalties they HAVEN'T taken down there?— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 15, 2012
Houston took seven penalties for 69 yards and converted just 4-of-11 their third downs. When Green Bay plays like they did on Sunday, you can't afford to make mistakes like that. Critical, senseless penalties fall under that category.
The Packers wasted no time getting started, with Rodgers hitting Jordy Nelson on a 41-yard strike less than four minutes into the game.
Rodgers would follow that with a six-yard score to James Jones toward the end of the quarter, giving his squad an early 14-0 lead.
Arian Foster was able to get his team involved at the beginning of the second quarter, with a one-yard plunge into the end zone, but even that would be short-lived. Rodgers hit Nelson for a second time less than five minutes later, this time from 21 yards out to give Green Bay the 21-7 lead.
That trend never stopped. Nelson and Rodgers hooked up one more time, and Tom Crabtree caught a 48-yard score following a Sam Shields interception. Add in another Jones touchdown on a ridiculous one-handed catch to make the score 42-17, and the rout was on.
The Texans' effort was almost the polar opposite of what we've seen all season long. Arian Foster finished with 29 yards on 17 carries, leaving Matt Schaub to carry the bulk of the offense. Schaub couldn't do it, going 20-of-33 for 232 yards and zero touchdowns on the night. After his second interception, he would eventually be replaced by T.J. Yates, who wound up throwing a late interception.
The game came down to Rodgers and Green Bay's passing attack. Houston's daunting defense couldn't slow anyone down, allowing Rodgers to find all of his weapons at some point.
Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 16 catches and 223 yards, with Nelson recording those three devastating touchdowns.
Alex Green was decent as Cedric Benson's replacement in the Green Bay backfield, accumulating 65 yards on 22 carries. With Rodgers clicking on all cylinders, Green only had to keep the Texans defense honest.
If you're looking for negatives to take from Green Bay's win, look at injuries. D.J. Smith, Nick Perry, Brandon Saine and Shields were all helped by medical staff at one point or another. And Rodgers showed a slight limp leaving the field at one point.
Houston's brightest moment may have been its meaningless blocked punt that was recovered by Devier Posey for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Besides that and J.J. Watt's two sacks to maintain his NFL lead, this was a game Houston would rather forget.
Green Bay's lopsided win was impressive. Houston failed to show up in a huge game, prompting Rich Eisen to pose this to the Twitter universe:
Right or not, having lost to a perennially elite team, Texans fans should get ready for a week's worth of "Are the Texans for real" talk— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 15, 2012
Houston will try to quell any concerns when they face Baltimore next week, while the Packers look to move above .500 with a victory over St. Louis.