The Green Bay Packers come off their bye week with a record of 4-3 but with backup quarterback Brett Hundley now their first choice, do they still have what it takes to succeed. Things have not been perfect for the Packers this season, and with Rodgers missing too, it looks to be a tall order for them. However, Hundley does have some exceptional targets to throw to and the emergence of rookie running back Aaron Jones has given them another dimension to their game.
Their visitors for Monday Night Football are the Detroit Lions, a team who are sitting with a 3-4 record but have lost their last three games. They started very well, but now we are seeing the Detroit Lions we expected to this season, one that will miss the playoffs and finish with a losing record.
The demise of the Lions in recent weeks will give the Packers a chance to win this game, despite having problems of their own. The Lions have given up 99 points in their last three defeats, which should give Hundley some hope that he can find success against them. The team is sure to rally around him and help out where they can, and if their defensive players can also stand up, the Packers look to have a great chance of winning the game.
One area the Lions will be looking to improve on over the coming games is their running of the ball. Ameer Abdullah has been disappointing this season, with just one touchdown and less than 400 yards so far, if he gets going then the game will really open up and receivers like Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will have much more room to work with.
This game is going to be a fascinating watch and many people will tune in to see how the Packers are going to play with Brett Hundley in charge. They come off their bye week so he will have had time to practice with the first team squad and learn the playbook as much as possible to get him ready for the game.
I think he will be able to pick up a win in this one and keep the Packers on track for the playoffs. While the Lions did start the season well, they have struggled recently and lost their last three, and that looks likely to go to four losses on Monday night.