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1. Packers coach Mike McCarthy will have to trust Hundley There’s really no replacing a two-time league MVP like Rodgers, but McCarthy cannot afford to water down his offense with Hundley at the helm. Hundley is in his third year with the Packers, who selected the former UCLA quarterback in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. While he had attempted just 11 passes during the regular season prior to Sunday, completing three for 17 yards, he is an athletic player who can provide the same mobility as Rodgers.
2. Hit the free-agent market Hundley and Rodgers are the only two active quarterbacks on the roster. Green Bay can either promote second-year player Joe Callahan from the practice squad or sign a street free agent to back up Hundley. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has had some of his biggest games against the Packers, is the most notable free-agent QB, but he might not be a good fit in Green Bay.
Expect the Rams to go run-heavy with Todd Gurley to exploit the Jaguars’ biggest weakness (run defense), but ultimately, Jared Goff will be doomed by Jacksonville’s pass defense. That’s because Leonard Fournette can power right though the Rams’ front and allow Sacksonville to be unleashed on a young QB.
Derek Carr should return this week to lead his team after it struggled against Baltimore. The Raiders need every bit of his passing to knock any thoughts of an upset out of the heads of the Chargers, fresh off their first win. Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon make it interesting, but Carr, his receivers and Marshawn Lynch squash LA in the end.
Such confidence may invite ridicule, but McCarthy is right. Hundley has strengths that, utilized by other quarterbacks, have confounded NFL defenses before and, worth noting, possessed by a man the Packers opted not to sign in Colin Kaepernick.