By Nick Freimuth
A sloppy first half was only a precursor of what was to come in the second at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Packers led 7-0 at half time and beat the Houston Texans 21-13 in a snow globe type day at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers was limited in his mobility after he sustained a hamstring injury in Week 12 against the Eagles in Philadelphia. He did have enough in his legs however to lead Green Bay to (6-6) on the season going 20/30 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson was his favorite target on the afternoon. Nelson finished with eight catches for 118 yards including a touchdown. Randall Cobb also found himself on the receiving end of a quick-six. Cobb made the most of his three catches in the game.
He has not quite yet hit John “Kuuuuuuhn” folklore status yet, but fullback Aaron Ripkowski took another step in that direction Sunday. He scored on a two-yard plunge to cap the scoring for Green Bay and the win.
In the first half, Julius Peppers moved further up the all-time sack list. When the future Hall of Famer sacked Brock Osweiler it was number 142.5 in his career. Peppers is now fifth all-time after passing Michael Strahan.
Green Bay will host Seattle for a 3:25 PM kickoff next Sunday back at Lambeau Field. The Packers are still two games back of Detroit in the NFC North after the Lions handled the Saints quite easily Sunday.