The Green Bay Packers have one of the richest history’s in the NFL. Canton is stocked full of cheese heads and four Lombardi trophy’s stay in the palace created by Vince Lombardi himself.
Players have come and gone and set insurmountable numbers and left marks still untouched to this day. One of which is the performance of 4-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Billy Howton.
Howton played for the Packers from 1952-1958, starting off his career with one of the greatest rookie receiving performances ever. Even more considering he only did it in 12 games and in an era that was still heavy into using the running game over the ariel attack.
53 catches for 1,231 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. All still Packers rookie records, 70 years later. In fact, no other Packers rookie has scored more touchdowns in a season than Howton’s 1952 rookie campaign. The next closest is Eddie Lacy with 11 (all rushing).
Enter a new contender: WR Christian Watson, who is on an absolute tear in recent weeks.
On the season, Watson has 25 receptions for 401 yards and seven touchdowns. As well as five rushes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Nine combined scores.
Ironically, eight of Watson’s total scores have come in the last four weeks. With seven more receiving scores, Watson will set the receiving touchdown record. With just five touchdowns (rushing or receiving) he will set the overall rookie scoring record.
Reasonably, both could happen. The Packers next four games are against four teams who rank in the bottom 12: defensively against the pass. LA Rams (22nd), Miami (21st), Detroit (26th) and Minnesota (32nd).
Watson is averaging two scores a game since his breakout performance against the Dallas Cowboys. At that rate against these defenses, one of Billy Howton’s records could finally be taken.
Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers part of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin