Packers Periscope: Week 9 vs. Detroit Lions


Perhaps Adams will turn into Brett Hundley's go-to receiver, but if the early results are indicative of future success, then all of the Packers' pass-catchers should expect to see a decline in their numbers. The other designation now remains with injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Monday Night Football in Week 9 will feature a primetime NFC North matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. Their first since 2014 when the Packers also beat Detroit in week 17 to claim the division title while the Lions were bridesmaids once again in a wild card spot.

Rodgers was knocked out of Green Bay's 23-10 loss to the Vikings two weeks ago with a broken collarbone, prompting Brett Hundley to get a crash course on National Football League competition. Other top targets in Packers' system, Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett, have not shown a strong connection with Hundley since he has taken over the quarterbacking duties. But this is the Packers, at home, after the bye and they should be fired up to stop licking their wounds and start winning games.

Tom Savage steps in at quarterback after Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending ACL injury Thursday.

The Green Bay Packers are banged up, but still have some talent on that roster. They'll need to do a better job of getting off the field and giving Hundley and the offense as many opportunities as possible if they hope to win this game. He hasn't made many since Rodgers' injury on the second series of an October 15 loss at Minnesota, and Hundley enters the game having completed only 31 of 59 passes (52.5 percent) for 244 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions (40.5 rating). The Lions are 3-4 on the season, and have dropped 3 straight games.

Without Rodgers, the Packers are in desperate need of an offensive spark.

Matt Flynn led the Packers to victory over the Lions at Lambeau in 2011.

"It's like any player coming off whether it's IR or PUP, there's thresholds you have to jump over", Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday.

"Did you just listen to that question I just answered?"

Green Bay return man Trevor Davis has looked close to breaking a punt return at times this season, and as the weather gets colder, not as many kickoffs will go flying to the back of the end zone, so he'll get more kick-return chances, too. Packers have three sacks in last four games after nine in first three. Nelson held to one catch for 13 yards and no scores last game against Saints.

I'm not one to pick a team to win until I can see them do it first. That means that the Packers must open up the playbook and call plays that they know Hundley is capable of successfully running.

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