The Green Bay Packers easily handled the Houston Texans in a 35-20 victory in Houston.
QB Aaron Rodgers was tremendous all afternoon long and WR Davante Adams had a career day in Houston while the Texans struggled on both sides of the ball from the start.
QB Aaron Rodgers 23-for-34, 283 yards and 4 pass TD's
After a disastrous performance last week in a blowout loss to the Buccaneers in which he had a season lows in yards (160), completion percentage (45.7), and QBR (18.1), Rodgers bounced back in a big way. The veteran QB did much of his damage in the first half as he torched a porous Texans defense with 187 yards and three touchdowns in the first 30 minutes of action. Even though the team was without starting left tackle David Bakhtiari, it didn’t matter as Rodgers rarely faced any pressure all day as he wasn’t sacked on the afternoon and didn’t turn the ball over. Rodgers should look to continue his success next Sunday at home against a very beatable Vikings’ defense.
WR Davante Adams (13 catches, 196 yards, 2 TDs)
Adams had a career-high in receptions and yards with 13 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the win on Sunday. Adams bullied the Texans secondary from the start as Rodgers found Adams on the opening drive of the game for a 3-yard touchdown. After the Texans had a successful touchdown drive to start the second half, Rodgers and Adams connected again this time on a 45 yard throw and catch from the dynamic duo to extend the Packers lead to 28-7. Adams is clearly Rodgers' go to weapon in all scenarios and will continue to be a top-three fantasy option next week against the Minnesota Vikings who he already torched for 14 catches, 156 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener.
RB Jamaal Williams (19 carries for 77 yards and a rushing TD, 4 catches for 37 yards)
No Jones, no problem for the Packers as back-up running back Jamaal Williams filled in nicely for the star running back. With the Packers up big early on, Williams did most of his work in the second half as he finished with 19 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown plus four catches for 35 yards. Even though Jones is expected to return next week, it was good to see Williams have success as the primary role in the backfield in case Jones had to miss time in the future. Williams still could be seen as a solid FLEX play in deeper leagues if next week’s matchup against Minnesota gets out of hand.
QB Deshaun Watson (29-for-39, 309 yards, and two passing touchdowns)
RB David Johnson (14 carries for 42 yards, 4 catches for 42 yards)
WR Randall Cobb (8 catches for 95 yards)
It was a revenge game of sorts as veteran WR Randall Cobb had 8 catches for 95 yards on a team-high 10 targets against his former team on Sunday afternoon. With the Packers not allowing Watson to beat them downfield, Cobb became the number one option working on underneath routes and finding the opening seams in the defense. It was season high in terms of catches and yards for Cobb who will likely get more involved as he continues to grow his connection with Watson. He’d be an interesting bench stash and potential WR3 or FLEX option in Week 9 after the Texans’ bye week.