Following Brett Favre was never going to be easy, but Aaron Rodgers made it look like a normal, everyday task. Rodgers is a future hall-of-famer already, which obviously makes him a fan favorite and face of the franchise in Green Bay. So, when he went down on Oct. 15, his replacement was already had huge shoes to fill. That fell on Brett Hundley, a third-year signal-caller out of UCLA. To this point, he hasn’t done nearly enough to keep the Packers in the playoff race. But in all honesty, is he really in a good position to?
Part of the greatness that is Rodgers is the fact that he can do more with less. His receiving corps isn’t anything to scoff at, of course, but Green Bay has lacked a rushing attack for years. The Packers are 22nd in rushing offense this season, as their leading rusher has just 370 yards. The offensive line is pretty banged up as well and the defense isn’t doing its part. So can you really blame the lack of recent success on Hundley? Sure, he isn’t covering up those problems like Rodgers does. But that was never a realistic expectation, was it?
In six games, Hundley has 1,185 passing yards and five touchdowns to seven interceptions. He has been sacked 21 times. Despite that, he is coming off a career game on Sunday night against the Steelers. He completed seventeen of his 26 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns to no interceptions. If there’s a defense that he can match that performance against, it’s Tampa Bay’s. If he puts up similar numbers on Sunday, the Packers should cruise. But if he turns the ball over and returns to his previous form, it could be a chance for the Bucs to get back to their winning ways.