Aaron Nagler and Pete Dougherty talk about the Vikings takeover of Lambeau Field and what they saw from some of the young players the Packers played on Saturday night. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers, from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers after their shutout loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
We'll start with ESPN reporting that multiple teams complained to the league about the Packers' handling of Aaron Rodgers:
Pete Dougherty’s column highlights how overmatched the Packers were on Saturday night against the Vikings.
The Packers no doubt played this game severely shorthanded, starting with Hundley at quarterback for Aaron Rodgers, who’s now on injured reserve with nothing on the line, as well he should be. To have played Rodgers in this game would have been nothing short of irresponsible.
That’s why they were a nine-point underdog for most of the week against a Vikings team that’s now 12-3. Several other injured Packers starters also didn’t suit up: Davante Adams, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Jahri Evans and Damarious Randall.
So yes, this game in some ways had the feel of a preseason game, with a number of young players getting extra snaps as the Packers begin their offseason evaluations early.
But no matter who did or didn’t play, the Packers simply didn’t have much chance with Hundley (30.2 rating) at quarterback facing probably the best defense in the NFC. He had trouble even getting the Packers past midfield and threw two bad interceptions to safety Harrison Smith, including one in the red zone, his third red-zone interception of the season.
Stu Courtney gave the defense a Thumbs Up in his Insider post:
Tom Silverstein writes on McCarthy’s stubbornness in sticking with Hundley:
I chatted with readers vis FB Live after the game:
Michael Cohen writes on Hundley’s tough night:
Ryan Wood wrote on the offensive line’s sudden shift due to injury:
ACME Packing Company reviews an abysmal performance:
Rob Demovsky writes on Hundley’s lack of consistency:
Vikings fans made themselves at home last night:
It’s been a long time since the Vikings shut out the Packers:
The Packers Wire has 5 takeaways from the game:
Cheesehead TV has game balls and lame calls:
The NFL has highlights from the game on their YouTube channel:
The coaching market is going to be interesting to monitor:
Clay Matthews made some young fans happy prior to the game: