Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that Hundley would remain the team's starting quarterback Week 17 against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Not sure why you'd want to pull the quarterback," McCarthy said. "There's a lot more going on than just the quarterback." Though the Packers were shut out for the second time in Hundley's eight starts in Saturday's 16-0 loss to the Vikings, McCarthy noted that a slew of dropped passes from the team's receiving corps contributed to the signal caller's demise. As a result, the Packers won't turn the offense over to backup Joe Callahan, but it will be difficult nonetheless to bank on Hundley turning in a solid performance in the season finale, especially with his top two wideouts -- Davante Adams (concussion) and Jordy Nelson (shoulder) -- at risk of missing the contest. Hundley has had a few positive moments while filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), but his 5.7 yards per attempt and 8:10 TD:INT ratio render him a lower-tier fantasy option.
Hundley completed 17 of 40 passes for 130 yards and two interceptions during Saturday's 16-0 loss to the Vikings. Hundley's woes at home continued, with the defeat dropping him to 1-4 in the confines of Lambeau Field. More ignominious than the record, though, is his lack of a touchdown in those appearances. Hurting his cause from the outset was the lack of his favorite receiver, Davante Adams, who is embedded in the concussion protocol for the second time this season. To make matters worse, the offense lost Jordy Nelson (shoulder) as the clock wound down to halftime, which was soon followed by an interception in the red zone from Hundley. Among the Packers' 10 other possessions, one was a Hundley pick late in the fourth quarter, six ended in punts and the other three were turnovers on downs. He'll look to bounce back in the season finale next Sunday at Detroit, against whom he racked up 245 passing yards and 22 yards and a TD on the ground Week 9.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Tuesday that Hundley will start the Packers' final two regular-season contests. "Very important for Brett Hundley. He's excited. He gets another opportunity against two division opponents [the Vikings in Week 16 and Lions in Week 17]." After guiding the Packers to a 3-4 record in his seven starts in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), Hundley returned to the backup role in the Week 15 loss to the Panthers after Rodgers was activated from IR ahead of the contest. With Rodgers experiencing some soreness coming out of the game and the Packers officially eliminated from the postseason at the conclusion of the Week 15 slate, McCarthy and the coaching staff decided it was best to shutter the star signal caller for the rest of the season, affording Hundley another chance to direct the offense. Hundley's lack of down-field accuracy and occasional turnover problems will probably result in Green Bay deploying conservative, run-heavy game plans over the next two weeks, so he likely won't make for a dependable lineup option during the fantasy playoffs outside of two-quarterback formats.
Hundley completed 35 of 46 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, adding seven carries for 31 yards, in Sunday's 27-21 overtime win in Cleveland. Hundley found a wide-open Jamaal Williams for a 30-yard score on the opening drive, but the Packers were shut down for the rest of the first half. The Green Bay offense came back strong after halftime, eventually tying the game in the closing seconds on a one-yard Davante Adams touchdown that was set up by a 65-yard punt return. DeShone Kizer then threw a gift of an interception early in the extra period, and Adams then took a screen pass 25 yards into the end zone to finish the game. It's unclear if Hundley will get another start, as Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is eligible to return from injured reserve for a Week 15 game in Carolina, pending clearance from doctors to play.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that Hundley will continue to start at quarterback in the absence of Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Brett Hundley's our starter," McCarthy said. "I believe in Brett Hundley. [Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Ravens] didn't go very well, obviously. We understand the standard that's been set here. We're all part of it. Brett Hundley's part of that, too. So we'll burn the tape." Hundley suffered through a disastrous four-turnover, six-sack performance Sunday, but he was far better the previous week in a 23-16 road win over the Bears. While his own play has been unimpressive, Hundley likely is better than Joe Callahan, who went undrafted in 2016 and has yet to make his NFL debut. Hundley could struggle to bounce back from the horrid outing when the Packers head to Pittsburgh to take on the 8-2 Steelers in their Week 12 contest.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
|8||10/28||@Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
|9||11/05||@New England Patriots||30||21.53|
|16||12/23||@New York Jets||26||21.00|
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|3 Year Avg||59.6||618||3||4||89||1||50|