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Packers Dealt Devastating Loss In Minnesota

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Green Bay Loses Big In Minnesota

The Packers went into Minnesota as a familiar favorite for the Super Bowl but left with a 13 point loss and questions surrounding the team. The most significant news from the Week 6 matchup came from a first-quarter hit on Aaron Rodgers from Anthony Barr. As a result, Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone, a devastating loss for the Packers. While the offense struggled for traction with Hundley at the helm, the defense looked somewhat improved.

Packers Face Devastating Loss Of Aaron Rodgers

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Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on his right side, his throwing shoulder. Though the rest of the offense is relatively healthy, the loss of their superstar quarterback could prove to be a devastating blow. In the past, when Rodgers has been unable to play, Green Bay has shown a tendency to struggle. According to Packer Report, in 2013 the Packers went 2-5-1 when Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone. Facing the devastating loss will not be easy, but backup Brett Hundley will have an opportunity to prove his worth.

Vikings 23, Packers 10

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Hundley stepped up to starting quarterback but was slow to deliver the ball and looked confused at times. His lack of practice with the first team was evident as he struggled to complete 54.5% of his passes. On top of that, Hundley finished the day with a quarterback rating of just 9.5 and a passer rating of 39.6.

Additionally, the running game was not there to fall back on. Both running backs Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones struggled to get rolling following the injury to Aaron Rodgers. They combined to average three yards-per-carry on 23 totes.
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The defense was able to force a pair of turnovers. Damarious Randall added another interception to his stat sheet from a tipped ball. Blake Martinez was all over the field with 11 total tackles, including two for losses. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also made plays when his number was called. He had four tackles, a pass break-up and allowed just one completion on five targets. Mike Daniels wreaked havoc inside with Kenny Clark, who also made a name for himself in this game. His 91.1 Pro Football Focus rating led all players in the game. Moreover, his forced fumble impressed as he added six run stops as well.

Hundley Will Need To Step Up

In the last two years, Hundley has worked up the depth chart to Rodgers’ number one backup. However, his improvements hardly showed up against the vaunted Vikings defense. Though Hundley threw the first touchdown pass of his career, he accounted for four turnovers, three interceptions, and a fumble. He will need to get on the same page as his receivers. Filling the shoes of Aaron Rodgers is nearly impossible. However, if Hundley can get the ball to his playmakers, then Green Bay could still end up in the playoffs. With a 4-2 record, the Packers are still among the best in the NFC. That comes with an opportunity to reach the playoffs, and that is where Rodgers could make a return.