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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at Mike McCarthy’s continued loyalty to Brett Hundley.
Collectively, the Packers’ skill players dropped seven passes. The offenders ranged from rookie tailback Jamaal Williams, who could not handle a check-down, to veteran Jordy Nelson, who saw the ball clang off his hands more than once. Tight end Lance Kendricks joined the party, as did rookie wide receiver Michael Clark.
Perhaps the game plays out differently if some of those passes are caught, but at this point the obfuscation of Hundley’s flaws appears blatant, almost like a party line. Whether it was his miserable deep-ball accuracy or head-scratching decision-making outside the pocket, Hundley remains unreliable at best. At times it feels like his strong work ethic might have the coaches fooled.
“I did not lose confidence in Brett during the course of the game,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, I’m right in the middle of what he’s experiencing. You lose Richard Rodgers, all your two-tight-end offense goes out the window. That could have helped us there, particularly they were fitting their force with their safeties and so forth in the run game and the things you can do off that. Every game has challenges, no excuse. But he had to play uphill in some spots. But I was not considering a change. It never crossed my mind.
Pete Dougherty has four additional observations from Saturday night’s game:
The play of Michael Clark leads the latest collection of Packers Notes:
I listened to voicemails from Packers fans after the loss to the Vikings:
Elsewhere, Kevin Seifert calms the hysteria over the report that the Packers might have to release Aaron Rodgers:
The Packers Wire has an injury roundup:
Jason Wilde wrote on Hundley’s continuing struggles at home:
The Daily Norseman looks at 5 Game-Changing Plays from Saturday night:
Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb speak up against specialization in youth sports:
Fun spot on a Packers fan and Vikings fan:
A lot of traditional heavy hitters will miss the playoffs this year:
Rob Demovsky writes on the Packers sticking with Hundley:
Brady Poppinga appeared on A.J. Hawk’s podcast:
The Internet’s got jokes: