Davante Adams turns in another career day for Packers in Houston

Pro Bowl receiver catches two touchdowns, converts seven first downs

Packers WR Davante Adams scores on a 45-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers in the 3rd quarter of Green Bay's 35-20 victory over the Houston Texans.

Davante Adams didn't want to jinx anything, but the Packers' Pro Bowl receiver couldn't help but notice the single coverage he was facing for a majority of Sunday afternoon in Houston.

Whatever the reasons were for how the Texans deployed their safeties, Adams happily went to work against a Houston secondary playing without top cornerback Bradley Roby.

The end result was yet another career day for Adams, who caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns to spark Green Bay's offense in a 35-20 victory at NRG Stadium.

"Part of me just wanted to keep it out; I didn't even want to speak that up into the universe," Adams said of Houston's coverage scheme. "I enjoy my one-on-ones. Those are fun over there. So anytime I can get 'em I'm-a try to make sure we execute and we're on top of it."

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers caught wind of the Texans' strategy early. He threw three passes to Adams on the opening drive alone, including a 3-yard touchdown to extend Green Bay's streak of scoring on its opening possession to six games.

It wasn't until the end of the first quarter, however, when Rodgers and Adams began to feel like they were in for a special day. Facing third-and-9 at their own 23, Rodgers rocketed a 50/50 ball to the sideline that Adams caught for a 28-yard gain against cornerback Vernon Hargreaves' tight coverage.

With the Texans reeling, Rodgers connected with Adams again across the middle for a 36-yard gain to the Houston 5-yard line that ultimately led to a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jace Sternberger that gave Green Bay an early 14-0 advantage.

Adams finished with eight catches for 114 yards in the first half, marking the fourth time he's recorded at least 100 receiving yards in the first two quarters of a game. From Rodgers' perspective, it all started on the 28-yard pass vs. Hargreaves.

"It was really the catch down the left sideline on third down that got us going, him and I together," Rodgers said. "Just beautiful late hands by him. We had a couple other adjustments that were really good. He's such a talented player and gives you such a wide margin when you throw the ball to him. So steady."

All seven of Green Bay's third-down conversions Sunday followed a similar script – Rodgers completing passes to Adams. There was the 16-yard throw on third-and-10 after the two-minute warning late in the first half, which turned a potential three-and-out into another touchdown-producing series.

Then, at the start of the third quarter, Adams caught a 9-yard crosser to convert on third-and-5. That preceded a massive 45-yard touchdown pass to Adams on third-and-4 after the seventh-year receiver snuck behind the Texans' back end.

The Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans faced off in a Week 7 matchup on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.

And needing one more score in the fourth quarter to virtually ice a Packers victory, Rodgers hit Adams near the sideline for a 16-yard gain on third-and-7. On that play, Adams reset his previous single-game, career-high for receiving yards (180 yards vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 26, 2019).

His 196 receiving yards were the most in a game by a Packers receiver since Jordy Nelson had 209 against the New York Jets in Week 2 of the 2014 season.

"Anytime you can get going early, I feel like that's kind of the recipe for success for us on offense and just Aaron and I's connection," Adams said. "Felt good about everything all week … and by the time we got to Friday I had a pretty good feeling about how this game was going to go, you know, with our personnel vs. theirs. So, yeah, it was a good day."

With Allen Lazard on injured reserve and starting running back Aaron Jones out with a calf issue, the Packers were counting on Adams to provide a spark to an offense that was limited to only 10 first-quarter points in last Sunday's loss in Tampa Bay.

That game was Adams' first since missing back-to-back contests before the bye week with a hamstring injury. With the injury behind him, Adams got back to doing what he does best Sunday.

And so, too, did the Packers' offense.

"It's more so just we felt like we owed it to ourselves," Adams said. "Last week, we started off good and then … allowed them to come back in the game due to some turnovers. That's definitely not our identity as a football team.

"If anything, we've secured the way that we take care of the ball. We do that first and foremost and I feel like better than anybody in the league."

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