Sunday night’s Green Bay Packers victory over the Houston Texans was huge in many ways. Nervous Packer fans like myself were mollified and rebuked themselves for ever doubting the Green and Gold. The Packers held the league’s best running back, Arian Foster, to just 29 yards. They handed early-season favorite Houston its first loss of the season. Plus, Aaron Rodgers got a chance to show off that the the chip on his shoulder that everyone loves to talk about is still there and bigger than ever.
The game was also big for the Packers in that they set some pretty impressive records. Rodgers became just the fourth quarterback in history to throw for at least 330 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. The others are Tom Brady, Mark Rypien and Y.A. Tittle. (Do you know what Y.A. stands for? Yelberton Abraham. I’m not kidding.)
Those six touchdowns also tied a Packers franchise record for touchdowns in a game. Finally, Rodgers caught up to last year’s backup (and this year’s Seattle Seahawks backup) Matt Flynn, with whom he now shares the record.
James Jones became the first Packer since Don Hutson in 1943 to notch at least two touchdowns in three consecutive games. More than just the numbers, though, were Jones’ spectacular, circus-like catches. Jones has turned in a really excellent season through the first six weeks and should be commended. He’s taken a lot of flack from Packer fans over the years, but has really worked hard to cut down the drops that have plagued him in previous seasons. Oh, and he’s also the current NFL leader in touchdown receptions with seven. Keep it up, James!