Aaron Rodgers readily admits he likes playing football with a chip on his shoulder.
"I've always enjoyed that," Rodgers said Wednesday during his weekly media session. "It's something that fortunately has been part of my career since I was a young player. It's always helped me out at different times."
It didn't hurt Sunday night against the Texans.
It's also likely that chip got bigger heading into Sunday's game after criticism of the Packers and the QB reached its peak last week when the team sat at 2-3.
But Rodgers silenced the critics with a "Shhh" in his postgame interview after throwing six touchdowns in what may be the best game of his career.
"To throw six touchdowns a lot of stuff has to come together," Rodgers said. "You have to kind of stall at times with runs inside the red zone. You have to make the most of opportunities. You have to have some guys break some tackles and guys make some great catches. You have to have that line protecting well enough to get off six passes."
Rodgers has had plenty of praise for Jordy Nelson after his three touchdown performance and James Jones who caught two scores for the second straight week. But Rodgers raised some eyebrows Tuesday when he said on his weekly radio show that second year QB Randall Cobb may be the best draft pick GM Ted Thompson will ever make.
"He's a big-time player," Rodgers said when asked about his comments. "He really conducts himself the right way and you've got to appreciate his maturity, his class, the professionalism that he exudes. He really takes his job seriously. He asks the right questions. He sees the game through a quarterback's eyes. I mentioned yesterday the comparison to Greg Jennings, when Greg came in. The mature route-running skills. The fact that he wasn't arrogant, but in the locker room you could tell that he belonged. He adds a lot to our offense and we are just going to continue to give him more opportunities. "
Rodgers earned himself NFC offensive player of the week honors, but also landed on the injury report this week after hurting his calf on the TD run that ended up being called back due to penalty
"Hurt my calf, and my pride," Rodgers said with a laugh referring to his exuberant celebration after crossing the goal line.
In good times and in bad, Rodgers says he will continue to carry around the chip on his shoulder, but he also realizes one win means nothing unless it leads to more...
"That was a good game for us last week but it really doesn't mean a whole lot unless you can get on a roll here and put 2, 3, 4, 5 games in a row where you're playing like you want to on offense."