Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans have faced a series of great quarterbacks in the past three weeks of the season. They had Derek Carr in Week 10, Philip Rivers in Week 11 and now Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. In Weeks 10 and 11, Rodgers has had passer ratings of at least 115.0 and thrown for over 300 yards with multiple touchdowns in each game.
“He’s one of the best at his position… There’s really not much else to say about that guy,” Texans Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins said.
Despite the struggles of late, the Green Bay Packer offense is still ranked second in the NFL in third-down conversions this season and also third in the league in average time of possession. Aaron Rodgers himself has again put his name near the top in many categories. The most important being his rank at second in the league in touchdown passes with 27, only behind the Saints’ Drew Brees who has 30.
“You got to keep him in the pocket. Rodgers doesn’t take his eyes from downfield,” Texans Defensive Lineman Jadeveon Clowney said.
While Derek Carr is beginning his career and Philip Rivers has been solid for many years, the Texans haven’t faced a quarterback of this caliber yet this season. Aaron Rodgers has the number one career passer rating in NFL history (103.5). Following him on the list at number two is Russell Wilson, then Tony Romo, Tom Brady and Steve Young.
It will be a challenge for the Houston defense to not allow the Green Bay offense to have a fast start. The Packers are tied with the Patriots for first in the NFL with most points scored on their first offensive possession. In fact, Green Bay has led the league in first-quarter points since 2014.