Let's Break Billy Howton's Single Game Receiving Record
200 yard receiving games are something special. There have only been 72 such performances since 2000, an average of a little over four per year league-wide in that stretch. For comparison, someone has rushed for 200 or more yards 76 times in the same period.
There have been seven 200-yard receiving games in Packers history. The dearly departed Jordy Nelson did it most recently, abusing the New York Jets for 209 yards in 2014, the third best total a Packers player has ever produced.
As Shawn noted, Billy Howton’s 257-yard day in the Stone Age of passing stands unmatched more than 60 years later, and I think that’s due for a change. It’d be especially interesting to see that change happen this year, when the Packers don’t have a bona fide deep threat near the top of their wide receiver depth chart. Spot him an early 66-yard touchdown (as happened against the Seahawks in 2016) and Davante Adams would still need 17 catches at his career average of 11.9 yards per reception to pass Howton.
That would be a sight to see. How about we pencil it in for Week 12 at Minnesota?