Loss to Saints won’t be easy to write off

Packer Plus - - Commentary - MIKE HART From Packer Plus wire re­ports and other news sources. Send email to mhart@jour­nalsen­tinel.com

Jordy Nel­son should have in­tro­duced him­self to the foot­ball as he walked off soggy Lam­beau Field on Sun­day. It was that kind of day. There were plenty of long faces and it wasn’t be­cause the pay­ing cus­tomers were get­ting plenty of rain in their beers.

The dawn of the Brett Hund­ley Era turned into a very, very dark day.

This de­vel­op­ment was sur­pris­ing as Aaron Jones gal­loped 46 yards for a Quick Six be­fore any fans were set­tled in long enough to say some­thing bad about Dom Capers. But that will come later.

As a side note, Jones passed Wuert En­gel­mann on Green Bay's all-time rush­ing list dur­ing the game. What, no cer­e­mony?

Be that as it may, the Pack was rid­ing that wave of mo­men­tum into the locker room with a 14-7 lead at the break. It was all down­hill af­ter that as skiers say.

View­ers of the se­cond half prob­a­bly thought that the only ad­just­ment Pack­ers coach Mike McCarthy made at in­ter­mis­sion was with his trousers.

Hund­ley had some Jim Del Gaizo-type num­bers on the day, which didn’t help mat­ters.

He was a less-than stel­lar 12-of-25 for 87 yards. It all added up to a 39.9 passer rat­ing. That No. 12 who started the sea­son with the Pack could prob­a­bly put up those num­bers left-handed.

“Our pass­ing game, we can sit here and pick it apart all you want,” McCarthy said. “Let’s just blame it on the head coach today.”

OK. Let’s do that. Ever hear of a quick slant route, buddy?

Poor Nel­son had one catch. Ran­dall Cobb and Da­vante Adams hauled in a pair of passes each. The long­est pass play was 14 yards. No re­ceiver had more than 17 yards.

Sim­ply put, it was a fan­tasy foot­ball night­mare.

Speak­ing of fan­tasies, con­vert­ing on third down was also one.

Hund­ley hit 4-of-11 passes in those sit­u­a­tions. In other words, you could have taken a potty break af­ter se­cond down.

“Third down was kind of our Achilles heel all day,” McCarthy said. “It was a chal­lenge I didn’t meet today. He didn’t get com­fort­able in the pocket, and that’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

At least the young man did air it out well on his Lam­beau Leap af­ter his 14-yard touch­down scam­per. He must be get­ting hang time tips from punter Justin Vo­gel or for­mer Olympic high jumper Dick Fos­bury.

Hund­ley, the for­mer Alamo Bowl star from UCLA, did have 44 yards rush­ing. That was his most im­pres­sive statis­tic of the day.

“He made some big, big plays with his feet,” McCarthy said.

This is great if Hund­ley wants to take up fut­sol at some point in his life.

Mean­while, Hund­ley’s friends on de­fense failed to make big plays with any ap­pendage in the se­cond half.

Capers’ crew al­lowed the Saints to score on four of their five pos­ses­sions af­ter the break. The fifth ended in the vic­tory for­ma­tion.

Drew Brees did what­ever he wanted when­ever he wanted. And when did it be­come a Brown County or­di­nance to stay away from Ted Ginn Jr.?

“I’m par­tic­u­larly dis­gusted with the se­cond half,” McCarthy said. He wasn’t the only one. So Capers’ seat is so hot you could fry an egg on it. What else is new?

Hund­ley’s al­ready been thrown into the fire. He’s do­ing on-the-job train­ing in front of peo­ple who have been spoiled watch­ing Aaron Rodgers. A lot of peo­ple on the ledge think the sea­son is over.

“All I’ve got to say is, ‘Don’t write us off,’” Hund­ley said.

The Fat Lady is not singing, but the cur­sive teacher is al­ready doo­dling.

FEAR­LESS FORE­CASTS

It’s Week 8 al­ready and it is trick-or-treat time. It seems like from now on it is go­ing to take a trick for Pack­ers to get into the

end zone. And it would be a treat if they ac­tu­ally won a game.

But it is time to fo­cus on the week ahead. Re­mem­ber, do not to try to di­gest th­ese picks for at least a half hour af­ter eat­ing all of the best candy out of your young­ster’s bag.

Game of the week: Steel­ers at Lions: The Pitts­burgh re­ceivers plan to play Twis­ter in the end zone the next time they score. Detroit acts like it is a Rolls Royce, but it plays like an Ed­sel. Steel­ers 30, Lions 23.

Game of the weak: Dol­phins at Ravens: Mi­ami has no quar­ter­back. No­body from Green Bay has sent a sym­pa­thy card. This is the best game the NFL has to of­fer on a Thurs­day night? The Nielsen num­bers will look like Hund­ley’s passer rat­ing. Ravens 12, Dol­phins 3, Yawns aplenty. Pack­ers vs. Bye: The Pack is a de­cided un­der­dog even though many peo­ple will say they are get­ting the bye week at the right time.

VINELINES

Steve Rosen­bloom of the Chicago Tri­bune: “In­stead of de­tail­ing Mitchell Tru­bisky’s first four se­ries in the se­cond half, let’s just say this: I thought the Bears were go­ing to change his jer­sey num­ber to 3-and­Out.”...

Nor­man Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist: “When Jay Cut­ler throws two in­ter­cep­tions, there’s of­ten a third one in him – it’s like rid­ing a hot slot ma­chine.”...

Alex Kase­berg, com­edy writer: “The Dol­phins' Jay Cut­ler in­jured his chest. They checked his heart, but they didn't find any­thing.”...

Jim Barach, com­edy writer: “NFL ref­er­ees are fight­ing back against claims of bi­ased of­fi­ci­at­ing. They say they can prove with game films that their calls are equally bad no mat­ter who is play­ing.”

JEFF HANISCH / USA TODAY-SPORTS

Green Bay Pack­ers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t very happy with his team’s per­for­mance against the New Or­leans Saints on Sun­day.

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