Monday, October 15, 2012
Breaking down what Rodgers did to Texans
By Paul Kuharsky
Aaron Rodgers gets a great deal of credit for shredding the Texans on Sunday night.
But Houston certainly failed on a grand scale in terms of coverage and pressure that ultimately got to him.
Per ESPN Stats and Info, five of Rodgers’ six touchdowns came against five or more pass-rushers. It was the first time this season that a quarterback has thrown at least four touchdowns against extra pressure in a single game.
Rodgers is the only quarterback to throw five touchdown passes without an interception against five or more pass-rushers since the start of the 2008 season.
He is also the quarterback who did it most recently before Sunday -- in 2010 he threw four TD passes against five or more rushers against the Vikings. Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer and Tom Brady all did it in 2009.
The Texans looked to have an advantage against Rodgers and the deep ball. Entering Week 6, Rodgers had the third-lowest completion percentage on throws that traveled 15 yards or more downfield (.308).
But he reversed the trend against Houston, completing half of his pass of that distance with four touchdowns.
“Everything that could possibly go wrong,” Texans safety Danieal Manning said of the secondary’s work. “…If you give him that little inch he’ll take it and run for miles.”