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Packers Out Of Playoff Contention, Turn To Brett Hundley

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Packers Out Of Playoff Contention, Turn To Brett Hundley

The Packers will be facing off with their division rival and NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. Considering Green Bay‘s elimination from playoff contention, the Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on Injured Reserve. That leaves Brett Hundley as the starter for the final two weeks of the season.

Hundley Back At The Top Of The Depth Chart

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Brett Hundley takes over for Rodgers again as the starting quarterback in Green Bay. Considering his contract is up next season, this may be one of the last times he plays in the regular season. Given his 3-4 record as a starter, Hundley has plenty to prove.

In his first seven games as a starter, Hundley yielded unpredictable results. He has had two games with three interceptions and no touchdowns this season. On the flip side, he put up two games of three touchdowns and no interceptions in his final three games. However, when looking at the last three games, Hundley has looked exceptional. In that stretch, he posted six touchdowns to one interception with 594 yards. Moreover, his completion percentage down that stretch was 69.15, according to Pro Football Reference. Hundley has also shown versatility. In those games, he added 103 yards rushing on 15 carries.

While Hundley did have one of his three-interception games against the Vikings, it was in relief of Rodgers. Though he struggled in their last meeting, look for him to enjoy more success Saturday at Lambeau.

Rookie Running Backs

The rookie running back tandem looks ready to go again after a week without much usage. In the Week 15 bout with Carolina, the Packers ran the ball just 19 times. Six of those runs came from a scrambling Aaron Rodgers at that. The tandem of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams accounted for 77 yards in that limited action. If they hope to keep the Vikings high-powered offense off the field, then these two must have a good game.

Aaron Jones

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Since returning to action in Week 13, Jones has fallen in behind Jamaal Williams. Though last week he produced more yards than Williams on a third of the carries. His 47 yards on just three carries led the team but emphasized that only so many people can touch the ball. However, with Hundley back at the helm, the Packers will likely run the ball more frequently again. Considering Jones has averaged over 5.5 yards-per-carry, he could enjoy more success against the Vikings if the opportunity is provided.

Jamaal Williams

Williams has become the bell cow for the Packers in recent weeks. In the past six games, he has 123 touches. Over that time he has allotted 575 total yards and five touchdowns. On the other side, Williams has only averaged 3.64 yards-per-carry according to Pro Football Reference. While he has shown to be a multi-faceted back, he will need to do more with his touches to remain the lead back.

Unavailable Players

With the Packers knocked out of playoff contention, a few players were placed on injured reserve. Aaron Rodgers headlines the list, but it includes Demetri Goodson as well. Additionally, following a second concussion on the season, Davante Adams is out for Saturday’s matchup.

Green Bay also has a few players questionable headed into the bout. Jahri Evans and Damarious Randall are both listed as questionable with knee injuries. The cornerback was added to the list just Friday after practicing throughout the week. The sack leaders of the Cheeseheads are also hurt. Clay Matthews is questionable with a hamstring injury. Across from him, outside linebacker Nick Perry is doubtful with injuries to his ankle and shoulder. Lastly is Davon House, who received a fracture to his back in Week 14 against the Browns. While the injury is severe, House is hoping to get on the field Saturday at Lambeau. However, when considering Green Bay is out of playoff contention, it may be best to get healthy for the 2018 season. You can see the full injury report here.

Photo by Keith Allison