Here are the Week 7 grades for every team that played on Sunday
By John Breech CBS Sports
If there was any concern about the Packers’ ability to rebound from a blowout loss, we can probably go ahead and throw those concerns out the window. One week after getting trounced by Tampa Bay, the Packers responded by pulling off one of their best all-around performances of the season in a 35-20 win over the Houston Texans. Aaron Rodgers painted another offensive masterpiece with 283 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The Packers didn’t have running back Aaron Jones in this game, but as it turned out, they didn’t actually need him, because they had Rodgers and Davante Adams to carry the offense. A healthy Adams is nearly impossible to stop, and he proved that on Sunday. The Packers receiver caught 13 passes for a career-high 196 yards, which also serves as the eighth-highest single-game total in franchise history.
It became clear pretty early in the game that the Texans were going to have a few problems covering Adams. For instance, on this third-and-9 in the first quarter, Adams was covered well, but then Rodgers made a fantastic throw that was followed by an even better catch:
Rodgers credited that completion as the one that got the Packers’ offense rolling on Sunday.
“It was really the catch down the left sideline on third down that got us going,” Rodgers said after the game, via NBC 15. “With some beautiful late hands by [Adams] … when he’s in the game, obviously we’re tough.”
The 28-yard throw to Adams was actually one of two catches of more than 25 yards that he had on the drive. Two plays later, Adams would catch a 36-yard pass that set the Packers up at Houston’s 5-yard line. The Packers eventually scored a touchdown on the drive to go up 14-0, and after that, the blowout was on.
Rodgers and Adams connected at key times in this game. Not only did they convert the third-and-9 above, but later in the game, the Packers converted a third-and-4 after Rodgers hit Adams with a 45-yard touchdown pass.
The was TD was one of seven times where the duo connected on third down. To make that stat even crazier, just consider this: The Packers converted 7 of 12 third downs in the game and Adams was on the receiving end on ALL seven conversions (third-and-goal, third-and-1, third-and-4, third-and-5, third-and-7, third-and-9, third-and-10).
On almost every third down, it was pretty clear where Rodgers was going with the ball, but the Texans still couldn’t stop it. Although the Packers offense had a hiccup last week, it doesn’t look like that loss is going to have any long-term effects. The Packers still look like one of the best offenses in the NFC, if not the best, and they looked like that even though they were missing a key player in Jones.
Green Bay 35-20 over Houston
|Green Bay took full advantage of a Houston defense that is truly one of the worst in the NFL. The Texans allowed the second-highest passer rating in the league heading into this one, and Rodgers made things worse with 283 yards and four touchdowns for a 132.4 passer rating. Rodgers went to Davante Adams early and often, as the wideout had 13 catches for 196 yards and two scores. Adams set a career-high in receiving yards, which was also the eighth most in a game in Packers history. Green Bay’s defense allowed 13 points in the final quarter, but the game was out of hand when Houston could generate anything significant on offense. The secondary can improve, but this was a good bounceback win.|
|The Texans just aren’t a good team, and their defense gave them no chance at the upset. Houston allowed Green Bay to score touchdowns on three of their first five possessions as the Packers led 21-0 before the offense could even get going, which took too many possessions anyway. Deshaun Watson has the most passing yards through seven games in franchise history and has thrown for 250-plus yards in all seven games, but the lack of a running game and consistency on the offensive line is hurting Houston. The offense is what it is, but the defense is atrocious. Now we understand why Romeo Crennel went for two to win the game against the Titans last week.|
Washington 25-3 over Dallas
|Oof. For the second consecutive week, the Cowboys embarrassed themselves. No one expected the patchwork offensive front to stop one of the best — if not the best — defensive line in the NFL, but the fact they couldn’t even slow them down is disgraceful. Dallas has now mustered only 13 points in their first two games without Dak Prescott, and a defense that has been historically abysmal all season continued their losing ways in Week 7, making one of the worst offenses in the league look dominant. Allowing Antonio Gibson to rush for 128 yards (with over 200 combined rushing yards for Washington on the day) and Kyle Allen to find Terry McLaurin streaking down the field broke the Cowboys’ fragile ego into a hundred pieces. And that’s how it stayed for the rest of the game.|
|It’s one thing to have a plan, but it’s another thing to actually execute it. Ron Rivera schemed it perfectly against a Cowboys offense decimated by injury. Washington’s defense racked up six sacks on the day between both Andy Dalton and rookie backup Ben DiNucci. The pressure led to a safety for Washington and an interception by Dalton that was as much a bad pass as it was a tip drill created by Ezekiel Elliott, and the fact it occurred in the red zone served as another gut punch that stole what little wind the Cowboys had in their sails. Washington was excelsior on offense as well, taking full advantage of a beleaguered defense that can’t stop anything on the ground or in the air. It was great coaching and great execution by players that left the Cowboys reeling, and landed Rivera and Co. a stellar grade.|