Quarterback Aaron Rodgers tosses 4 touchdown passes in Green Bay Packers’ easy win at Houston

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, left, can’t handle a pass as Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III defends during the second half Sunday in Houston. (AP photo)

HOUSTON — Aaron Rodgers insisted that Green Bay’s lackluster performance in its first loss of the season last week was an anomaly.

And on Sunday he and the Packers proved that by easily handling the Houston Texans.

“That game is an outlier I believe and today was more in line with our first four weeks,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns and the Packers bounced back with the 35-20 victory.

Rodgers played a near-flawless game and tied his season high for TD passes. The performance came after he threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, with no TDs in a 38-10 loss to Tampa Bay last week.

Despite being without leading rusher Aaron Jones and left tackle David Bakhtiari, Green Bay (5-1) had no such trouble handling the woeful Texans (1-6) on Sunday as the Packers built a 21-0 lead by halftime.

Green Bay’s strong day on offense was aided by a career-high 196 yards receiving by Davante Adams, who had touchdown receptions of 3 and 45 yards.

“When he’s in the game, obviously we’re tough,” Rodgers said.

Adams did whatever he wanted against Houston’s defense after top cornerback Bradley Roby left with a knee injury after Green Bay’s first possession.

“I can only eat what’s in front of me, so I’m going to go out there and play and run my routes to win no matter who’s guarding me,” Adams said.

Green Bay made it 35-13 when Jamaal Williams scored on a 1-yard run with about four minutes to go.

Deshaun Watson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with about 90 seconds left before the Texans recovered an onside kick. But David Johnson fumbled after a reception on the next play and the Packers ran out the clock.

Interim coach Romeo Crennel fell to 1-2 since taking over after Bill O’Brien was fired following an 0-4 start.


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