By Nick Freimuth
The Green Bay Packers got back to their winning ways 23-16 Sunday without MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A combination of opportunistic defensive play, long sustained drives including 160 team rushing yards and a game-winning drive capped by a perfect throw from Brett Hundley to Davante Adams for a 19-yard score has Green Bay at (5-4) on the season. The victory most likely salvaged their season. A third consecutive loss inside the division and fourth consecutive loss overall would have likely been lights out for the Packers post season hopes.
Sunday’s 23-16 win at Soldier Field keeps Green Bay in the thick of the divisional title hunt two games back of the Vikings. However, Minnesota handled Washington on Sunday to move to (7-2) on the season.
It was Hundley’s first win as a starting quarterback in the NFL. After the game he said, “It feels amazing. It’s truly a blessing, especially in a rivalry game. There was a lot going into this game. I just think the team not only the offense, the offensive line, the receivers, the running backs, but the defense played their butts off, too. I was able to do what I do because of them. And I just want to thank them because they played one heck of a game. We played 60 minutes, and that was our goal coming into it and we got the W.”
Hundley was the 147th overall pick, a fifth rounder, in the 2015 NFL Draft. Conversely, Mitchell Trubisky was the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Hundley finished nearly six percentage point higher in completion percentage, won the QB rating battle 110.8 to 97.0, and led a game winning drive, something the leader of the Bears was unable to do. Hundley has gotten better with every start and is still trending upwards.
Green Bay next hosts Baltimore Sunday at noon from Lambeau Field.