Packers XLV

Bad Brett Returns, But Packers Escape To Stay Alive.

Posted December 4th, 2017 @ 02:12pm

The good news is, if all goes according to plan, that was the last game Brett Hundley will start at Lambeau. His wretched passing performance was masked by a couple of timely zone read runs late, along with a pair of defensive plays that ultimately swung the game in the Pack's overtime win over the Bucs.

I don't know what it is about playing in front of the home fans, But Hundley did not even closely resemble the guy we saw the previous Sunday night in Pittsburgh. He'll have to revert to that guy next Sunday in Cleveland, or the Pack could find itself losing to the currently winless Browns.

The Packers stayed in this one with a solid ground game that averaged nearly seven yards per carry and nearly 200 yards, led by Jamal Williams who has shown he has what it takes to be a lead back in this league. When Aaron Jones returned to spell him for what turned out to be the last play of the game, we were reminded that he can be a game changer when he's on the field. His one carry was the game winner on Sunday.

Hundley's struggles were consistent all afternoon. He missed wide open receivers and made late decisions. The Bucs came in to the game ranked dead last in passing yards allowed, yet Hundley managed just 84 all afternoon. He has become very adept at rendering Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb invisible, so maybe he could moonlight as a magician in the offseason.

Defensively, it was kind of a mixed bag. They sacked a refreshed Jameis Winston seven times and kept big play receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in check (just four catches for 57 yards between them). Kenny Clark's strip of Winston that Dean Lowry scooped and scored on was the kind of game-changing play we haven't seen enough of this season. And when Kyler Fackrell was untouched on a punt, his block got the Pack's offense moving.

But they still seem confounded by screen passes, and when Jake Ryan and Clark exited with injuries, they could no longer stop the run, making Peyton Barber look like Marion Barber. If not for some strange play calling by the Bucs in the red zone, this game could have gotten away from the Pack late.

But the overtime gods finally gave the Pack a break, giving the Packers the ball first and this time it was Tampa Bay that never got a chance. How many times has this worked against us in recent years? Williams' and Hundley's legs carried the Pack down the field and Jones provided the exclamation point that kept Green Bay's slim playoff hopes alive.

By all accounts, a win in Cleveland would open the door for Rodgers' return the following week in Carolina. But Green Bay will need a much better game from Hundley. The Browns are competing every week and are much better defensively than the Bucs right now. The return of Josh Gordon gave their offense a boost and the Pack will need to treat this like the playoff game it represents to them.

Sunday's overtime win was a shaky first step in running the table. If they can take care of business next weekend, they'll face the prospect of Aaron Rodgers having Carolina on his mind on December 16th.

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This defense is confounding. They pretty much keep us in the game, but can't get off the field on 3rd down (regardless of the yardage). They've been a head case between being passive and aggressive and sometime look clueless. They are missing their best player and his return could still make all the difference. There is no double that man is Aaron Rodgers. He cut the number of plays they are on the field down by a least a third and gives them a lead to play with. If we can beat the Brown, which is still, sadly an if, I'm still not sure it will be enough to do much in a year like this.

on December 4th, 2017 at 09:10am

Can we retire the WR screen to Jordy and pick someone else? He can't move anymore. It is a bit depressing to see him resemble a TE on the outside. It reminds me of James Jones' last year. Without Rodgers' precision, it is hard for them to get the ball.

on December 4th, 2017 at 10:30am

The Pack should beat Cleveland, which will tee up two HUGE games. Carolina will be playing at home for their playoff lives, as will the Pack. Even if Rodgers is back, the Pack will be underdogs. If the Pack gets past Carolina then they have the Vikings at home. Probably a toss-up even with a healthy Rodgers. If they get past those games they will probably beat the Lions. then they cross their fingers and hope they come out on the right side of tie breakers with other 10-6 teams. So....playoff hope is still alive but on life support.

on December 4th, 2017 at 11:04am

I don't care how ugly it is, a win is a win, and keeps our hopes alive. It's not an exact science, but if we win out, we will top Dallas and Detroit (regardless of what they do the rest of the way, as they are both currently 6-6. Obliviously we have the head to head over Dallas, and we would give Detroit a week 17 loss). We need Carolina to lose one more besides to us, go Vikes, then the best they can finish is 10-6 (and we'd have the head to head). Need Atlanta to lose two more (they do play N.O. twice yet). Really wish Philly wouldn't have shot themselves in the foot yet last yet and pulled of that win, as we need Seattle to lose two more (they do play Sacksonville, the Rams, and Dallas w/ Zeke, so there's a chance). Maybe stuff falls into place and we can back into the postseason, the, as P.A. always says on KFAN, a chip, chair, and a chance. I'll take our chances with A-Rod in the playoffs...

on December 4th, 2017 at 11:28am

And boy did my computer auto-correct that last post wrong, oops, lol

on December 4th, 2017 at 11:30am

@barreatsrogersforbreakfast Delusional? You mean like you face painting lavender idiots? No one and I mean no one is more delusional and arrogant than queens fans! In fact there is not a more delusional fan base in all of sports than queens fans! And they have absolutely nothing to be arrogant about. They have won exactly nothing in 56, soon to be 57 years of abject futility. All the lavender trolls are all jacked up about their pathetic squad and will be heartbroken yet again when they find some new epic way to choke this season away. The higher they climb the harder they fall. Enjoy the coming crash lavender losers!

on December 5th, 2017 at 04:57pm

Mike Florio said on Profootballtalk last week that he thought the Packers would make the Super Bowl if Aaron Rodgers returned and they make the playoffs. Maybe that's a little too heady of a prediction. But it would be special if they can keep the playoff streak going. For all they've achieved in recent years the Pack has been a might short on Super Bowls to show for it. But they could etch themselves in some degree of NFL immortality by tying the league's all time record of 9 straight playoff seasons. They've had shots at some other records in the past and come up just a little short. They missed the record for consecutive home victories by just two. The record for consecutive wins by just 2. The record for regular season wins by 1. An undefeated regular season by 1. So just making the playoffs, especially with the adversity they've had this season, would be an historic achievement.

on December 5th, 2017 at 05:52am

All I have to say is one and done if you even make it, Rodgers comes back and gets hurt again behind your porous O-line against Carolina or the Vikings, and last 2 Super Bowls with back to back HoF QBs well my main man Brady has one for every finger. Face it Pscker fans your just not that good and not in the conversation. Always have been a delusional fan base though.

on December 5th, 2017 at 11:11am

So I remember Dave saying 9-7 might be enough for the playoffs and the division. Where has that gone now? Cannot wait until Cleveland (who actually have a defense) gets their first win against the Pack. Cannot wait to see all you green and gold losers crying and still calling a clean hit the reason your season is lost, rather than owning up that you have a below average team outside of Rogers at every level. I agree with Patriotsfanfirst that you are delusional and will add poorly coached as well.

on December 5th, 2017 at 11:26am

my upset special of the week.. The Browns get there first victory against the hapless Packers....Mr. Hanky tears up his ownership certificate and hops on the Vikings bandwagon!

on December 6th, 2017 at 05:51pm

POORLY COACHED ! ....@BarreatsRodgers can Eat My Shorts !..... The idiot talking heads on the NFL network claim that Green Bay only has a 9.1% chance to make the playoffs. Ridiculous ! .... With yours truly (The 'Sun Tzu' of Football Strategy ) on the sidelines .... Green Bay is practically guaranteed yet another SuperBowl Victory ! ..... I see someone nominated Dudley for MVP however ....... Don't forget about the MVC ! .... yours truly ! ...... MM out.

on December 6th, 2017 at 08:59am

Man, what a game for the future MVP Brent Hundley! That dude is electric, and only a genius football mind like TT would hold on to him. Why even bring Rodgers back? 84 whole yards in one game???? I can't wait for Brent to top 100 yards against Cleveland and vault himself into the upper echelon of the NFL. On a serious note, I hope the pack can run the table and still miss out on the post season, securing the jobs of MM and TT and getting a shitty draft pick. I almost feel bad that packer fans have to endure 3-4 more seasons of pissing down their legs anytime a-Rodg gets tackled. However, I suspect Cleveland will win by more than a touchdown and a-Rodg will be shut down to make a triumphant return to the playoffs next year, only to get killed in the playoffs by a team that is an actual team. On a final note, how about your all star wide out Nelson!!! Hasn't topped 100 total yards since Rodgers injury. But yeah, he's a hall of famer for sure! Hahaha. Also, please leave your wives alone Sunday night and take your frustrations out on a couch pillow or something.

on December 6th, 2017 at 12:10am

Well this is going to be tough to win with King on IR and House not playing. Other than Randall and Hawkins I have no clue who the other CBs are.

on December 7th, 2017 at 12:24pm

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