Hundley completed 14 of 24 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 35-11 loss to Detroit. He also lost a fumble and converted a two-point conversion during the contest.
By the time Hundley hooked up with Randall Cobb for a 17-yard score early in the fourth quarter, the game was already effectively out of reach. Hundley seemed to revert back to his early-season struggles in the season's final two weeks. The UCLA product had a touchdown:interception ratio of six:one in Weeks 12 to 14, sat behind Aaron Rodgers in Week 15, and then preceded to throw four picks and just one touchdown against Minnesota and Detroit to end the season. He figures to return to his spot behind a healthy Rodgers in 2018.
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 filing 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 is expected to start the Packers' final two games of the regular season after Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Though team doctors cleared Rodgers to come off IR and return from a seven-game absence to start in Sunday's eventual 31-24 loss to the Panthers, it's believed that the surgically repaired collarbone in his throwing shoulder hadn't completely healed. With the Packers' slim postseason hopes officially ending with the Falcons' win over the Buccaneers on Monday, the team decided to shut Rodgers down to avoid a setback with the collarbone heading into the 2018 campaign. Hundley, who went 3-4 as a starter and has thrown eight touchdowns against eight interceptions for the season, amounts to a significant downgrade from the two-time MVP and likely won't warrant a pickup outside of fantasy leagues that start two quarterbacks. It doesn't help Hundley's case that he'll draw a pair of tough matchups down the stretch, with the NFC North champion Vikings due up Sunday, followed by a Lions squad in Week 17 that could be competing for a playoff spot.
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