Surviving without #12

The easy reaction after Aaron Rodger’s broken collarbone on Sunday is to give up on the Green Bay Packers’ season. Packers fans have been spoiled by Hall of Fame Quarterback play for so long, we don’t even know how to deal without it anymore. I believe this is still a team with enough talent to make a push for the playoffs, if they can find a way to get healthy.

Brett Hundley’s day looked bad statistically, but you can’t expect a young Quarterback to make his debut with no preparation and nobody to block a vicious Vikings pass rush. The Packers will face another difficult challenge against the Saints on Sunday, but will have two weeks to get the offensive line intact before their next game.

Hundley looked instinctive on his throws and looked to have developed a relationship with Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. If he is given some time in the pocket, good things will happen for the Green Bay offense.

Finishing 6-4 is likely enough to get the Packers into the playoffs. The next ten games will show us what Mike McCarthy has been able to do in developing Hundley, and if the trust Ted Thompson put in him as the backup will be justified. While being without the best QB in the NFL will be painful, it shows where Green Bay’s talent level really is, and whether Hundley is someone the Packers will be able to get some draft compensation for in the offseason. Just like Olivia Munn, Packer Nation will have to figure out life without #12.

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig
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