Packers vs. Texans: Rodgers and the Packers Tell Media 'Shhhhh...' with Big Win

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers waits near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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When interviewed post-victory on the field at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers had just one thing to say to all the Green Bay Packers critics:


The Packers did plenty of talking on the field with Rodgers' six touchdowns (career high), three of which went to Jordy Nelson and two of which went to James Jones.

Offensively, the Packers basically ran away and hid at halftime, scoring their third touchdown with just 3:28 left in the second quarter.

It wasn't just the offense that quieted critics, but the defense as well. Key contributors like rookie Nick Perry, D.J. Smith and Sam Shields were all forced out of the game due to injury at some point. 

The Packers defense attacked both Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and running back Arian Foster with precision, and while Foster scored a pair of touchdowns, he was held to under 30 yards on the ground, while Schaub couldn't find the end zone at all.

The Packers may have only racked up three sacks, but the defense spent a lot of time in the GB backfield. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has been on the hot seat the last few weeks—and rightfully so—but this may help ease the flame down.

The Texans seemed to want to attack the cornerbacks rather than use their receivers to stretch the field and hurt the Packers in the middle of the field. And the defense was able to force Schaub into multiple bad throws, two of which were picked off. 

At the end of the day, this was probably Rodgers' night to crow out. Rodgers, coming off a big MVP season, was drawing criticism not just for the Packers' struggles, but his own shortcomings as well.

On Sunday night, he made much better reads, chose his throws more wisely and, frankly, had a lot more help from his often bumble-handed receivers. 

You could tell by the look on his face that, more than beating the Texans, proving his critics wrong was all the sweet satisfaction he needed.


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