Brett Hundley bounces back from last year with solid start

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Brett Hundley impressed people as Aaron Rodgers‘ backup, at least until he had to play.

But after last year went so miserably wrong, the Packers quarterback began to show some promise again last night.

Hundley led the Packers on a touchdown drive to start the game, and finished 9-of-14 for 108 yards, with a touchdown and an interception and a passer rating of 81.8.

“I thought Brett Hundley did some really good things,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Michael Cohen of The Athletic. “Got us started with the big play there. Productive, decision-making was sound, and I thought clearly his tempo was the best of the three quarterbacks. We had the two sacks, which were the negative of his time in there. But I thought he played well.”

The interception (against the Titans starting secondary) came when he was under pressure (backup tackle Byron Bell missed his block badly), but otherwise his night was a good one. And after looking so lost in his nine games as starter last year, it was the kind of performance he needed to hold off trade acquisition DeShone Kizer.

“I think I had a great performance today,” Hundley said. “I was really pleased with it. Did some great things, drove the offense efficiently, did exactly what I wanted to do. For me, it’s just stacking and getting into next week and doing the same thing. I can’t have a performance like this and come out next week and be worse. I’ve got to keep getting better.

“I think with experience you gain anticipation, understanding, control. For me, things were so slow. The game slowed down. It was fun to go out there and go through my reads and be able to make the throws I need to make. I played a lot faster.”

And that got him back to earlier points in his career, when he played so well in preseasons.

64 responses to “Brett Hundley bounces back from last year with solid start

  1. Curious how the Vikings fans feel about this….I’m kidding, I’m not curious at all. They’ll be here soon enough, focusing on the Packers like they always do. I guess that’s how you roll when the team you cheer for has nothing to show for the 57 years they’ve been playing. 57 years. Nothing…pain.

  2. One TD and One int, with a 100 yard game most of it on one play, yep, he has made serious progress..
    Hey Green Bay…..You can’t polish a turd.

  3. Kizer looked the better of the two. Hundley looked ok, but he is still behind Kizer for the #2 job.

    Tim Boyle’s 52 yard TD pass to Kumerow was a throw neither of those two could make. Boyle has a cannon. Make sure we hide this guy on the practice squad.

  4. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:11 am
    So a passer rating of 81.8 is great and McCarthy likes it.
    Only in Gumby land.
    _________________

    Well, Teddy Bridgewater had a QB Rating of 86.3 in his time with the Vikings and you all considered him a franchise savior.
    It’s amazing how the Barneys view Teddy, where in Green Bay, we are looking for an alternative to our backup.

  5. It’s preseason, but he did thread the needle on a couple throws. Perhaps because there’s less pressure? Who knows?

    I will say that he seems to have picked up the offense a little more than he had last season. He isn’t “drinking from the fire hose” like the fully guaranteed loser to the west.

  6. Hundly looked pretty good, but he always seemed to look good in preseason. The long pass to Adams was a very nice catch and throw against Malcolm Butler, who, aside from the mysterious benching in the Super Bowl, is a really solid corner, so that was one nice play. The pick was really more of a protection issue than Hundley’s fault, as the rusher got on him way too fast and hit his arm, causing a duck. Overall, he looked OK. I thought Kizer looked shaky to start, but then settled in and had a decent outing as well. We’ll need to see if they swap them in the next game, or perhaps Rodgers might get a series with the #1’s, which will push this competitions out a week further.

  7. So a passer rating of 81.8 is great and McCarthy likes it.
    Only in Gumby land.
    ======

    He is ‘highly successful’.

    Surely he knows what he is talking about…..

  8. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:06 am
    A good dose of healthy coaching can work wonders.
    ———————
    McCarthy has been coaching him since 2015 and he sucked last year when it counted…

  9. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:06 am
    A good dose of healthy coaching can work wonders.

    ****************************************************
    Say what you will, but we all know the next decade will belong to the Vikings in the NFCN

  10. Preseason was mever an issue for Hundley his issue was when WR were open he would throw behind or allow defenders to catch up.

    Instead of anticpating an opening and getting it to the WR.

  11. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I will say that he seems to have picked up the offense a little more than he had last season. He isn’t “drinking from the fire hose” like the fully guaranteed loser to the west.
    _________

    He’s in his fourth year. Don’t you think he should have picked up that offense by now? And isn’t the offense used in Preseason Game #1 a little less complex than what you should see in the regular season?

  12. Bust Hunley? Ha. Never. It’s only preseason…don’t get excited. oh wait, packers nation did get excited last season, proclaiming he’ll be the next Brad Favre.

  13. “Isn’t the offense used in the pre-season game 1 a little less complex?”

    ====================

    Ok. So we should see a amazing performance from your “franchise” QB Saturday right?

    And why isn’t that “far superior to the Packers roster” able to cover up some injuries on the O-line? One would think such a amazing roster has incredible depth right? Why is the Barneys brass panicking and calling retired players with such a incredible deep roster?

  14. Wow! The Barneys sure seem a little extra salty today.
    All that angry, bitterness and self loathing, leaves behind such a dreadfully powerful stench.
    skoLOL!

  15. kingthielenscourt says:
    August 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Say what you will, but we all know the next decade will belong to the Vikings in the NFCN

    ———————-

    Hmmm, when did I hear that from the purple burples before? Oh yeah, 2009. How did that work out? 😉

  16. I’m glad to see he bounced back and played well. An outing like this can do a lot for one’s confidence, and I think his was a little shook last year. Good luck to him.

  17. He was thrown in last year when Rodgers went down. That’s must be tough to do and it showed. Maybe he is mentally prepared this year knowing that on any play Rodgers could go down again. Life of a back up.

  18. He did look better last night than he did last year, but it is preseason. He throws a terrible deep ball. Even the one he completed to Adams would have been 6 if he had laid it out a little further. Kizer will be the backup.

  19. “He’s in his fourth year. Don’t you think he should have picked up that offense by now? And isn’t the offense used in Preseason Game #1 a little less complex than what you should see in the regular season?”

    —————————

    I seem to recall mr. Rodgers stunk up the joint in preseasons for years 1-3, then in year 4 when handed the job, he became MR. Rodgers.

    But no, I am not predicting Hundley will become HOF QB #3 in a row.

  20. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    “Isn’t the offense used in the pre-season game 1 a little less complex?”

    ====================

    Ok. So we should see a amazing performance from your “franchise” QB Saturday right?

    And why isn’t that “far superior to the Packers roster” able to cover up some injuries on the O-line? One would think such a amazing roster has incredible depth right? Why is the Barneys brass panicking and calling retired players with such a incredible deep roster?
    _______

    Dude, it’s preseason week 1. How starters perform in that game is meaningless and there’s a lot of time to determine how teams will handle injuries. Of course, you’ve been predicting a victory for the Packers in Week 2 since the schedule came out so you’re not really one to contain your enthusiasm.

    As for calling a retired player, that’s known as “due diligence.”

  21. Wow, there is a lot of chest puffing for a preseason week one victory. And last year recall when the Viking defense did not look good in the preseason and Packer trolls were whopping it up about its preseason performance. And then the regular season started. I hope Viking fans continue to realize what the preseason is and never end up looking so foolish.

  22. Funny that the Vikings fans are claiming we are making a big deal out of a “pre season week 1 victory” when a Vikings fan was the first one to mention the Packers won the game.

    No Packers fan mentioned the game outcome or the score.

    Poor Barneys. They need their time to cry in a Packers thread everyday to feel whole.

  23. Hey guys. Here’s that Viking list of playoff seasons. See if you notice a trend.

    1968 – Lost to Colts, 24 – 14
    1969 – Lost SB to Chiefs, 23 – 7
    1970 – Lost to 49ers, 17-14
    1971 – Lost to Cowboys, 20-12
    1973 – Lost SB to Dolphins, 24 – 7
    1974 – Lost SB to Steelers, 16 – 6
    1975 – Lost to Cowboys, 17-14
    1976 – Lost SB to Raiders, 32 – 14
    1977 – Lost to Cowboys, 23 – 6
    1978 – Lost to Rams, 34 – 10
    1980 – Lost to Eagles, 31 – 16
    1982 – Lost to Redskins 21 – 7
    1987 – Lost to Redskins 17 – 10
    1988 – Lost to 49ers 34 – 9
    1989 – Lost to 49ers 41 – 13
    1992 – Lost to redskins, 24 – 7
    1993 – Lost to Giants 17 – 10
    1994 – Lost to Bears 35 – 18
    1996 – Lost to Cowboys, 40 – 15
    1997 – Lost to 49ers, 38 – 22
    1998 – Lost to Falcons, 30 – 27
    2000 – Lost to Giants, 41 – 0 (Yes, 41 – 0!!)
    2004 – Lost to Eagles 27 – 14
    2008 – Lost to Eagles 26 – 14
    2009 – Lost to Saints, 31 – 28
    2012 – Lost to Packers, 24 – 10
    2015 – Lost to Seahawks, 10 – 9
    2017 – Lost to Eagles, 38 – 7

  24. Packer playoff losses, I guess anyone can make a list

    1938- Lost to Giants 23-17
    1941 -Lost to Bears 33-14
    1960- Lost to Eagles 17-13
    1972- Lost to Redskins 16-13
    1983- Lost to Cowboys 37-26
    1994- Lost to Cowboys 27-17
    1995- Lost to Cowboys 39-9
    1996- Lost to Cowboys 38-27
    1998- Lost to Broncos 37-24
    1999- Lost to 49ers 30-17
    2002- Lost to Cardinals 45-17
    2003- Lost to Falcons 27-7
    2004- Lost to Eagles 20-17
    2005-Lost to Vikings 31-17
    2008- Lost to Giants 23-20
    2010- Lost to Cardinals 51-45
    2012- Lost to Giants 37-20
    2013-Lost to 49ers 45-31
    2014- Lost to 49ers 23-20
    2015- Lost to Seahawks 28-22
    2016- Lost to Falcons 44-21

  25. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Viking fans this butt hurt over a Packer preseason victory.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&77
    Mr Mcnasty, you have’t seen the team you have fielded. So sorry for you you

  26. kingthielenscourt says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:12 am

    One TD and One int, with a 100 yard game most of it on one play, yep, he has made serious progress..
    +++++++
    When Teddy Bridgewater was starting for the Vikes you celebrated those numbers.

  27. Wow, there sure is a lot of hot air spewing from the fans of a team that has never won anything, ever. You’d think they were experts the way they fault the Packers.

    They have a lot to learn, don’t they?

  28. wafflestomp says:

    Well, Teddy Bridgewater had a QB Rating of 86.3 in his time with the Vikings and you all considered him a franchise savior.
    It’s amazing how the Barneys view Teddy, where in Green Bay, we are looking for an alternative to our backup.
    ####

    Let’s compare apples to apples.

    First preseason game of 2018:

    Brett Hundley – 9-of-14 for 108 yards, with a touchdown and an interception and a passer rating of 81.8

    Teddy Bridgewater – 7-of-8 for 87 yards, with a touchdown and a passer rating of 150.5

    What’s amazing about those numbers is that Hundley had the benefit of actually starting 9 NFL games last season while Teddy has taken all of 9 NFL game snaps in the last two NFL seasons after that horrific injury in training camp nearly 2 years ago.

    Hundley was playing against the Titan defense which gave up 3,828 yards and 27 passing TD’s last year and Teddy was playing the Atlanta defense which gave up 3,429 yards and 22 passing TD’s last year.

    Hundley is no Teddy Bridgewater.

  29. gtodriver says:
    August 11, 2018 at 7:58 am
    Hundley is no Teddy Bridgewater.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Neither is Cousins.

  30. Vikings fans whining about Hundley a QB we are cutting in 21 days. Such a clueless fanbase. They can’t even figure out what players to troll.

    Can someone clue them in that DeShone Kizer is going to be the back-up QB this year so they can direct their hate towards him.

    You can start liking Hundley now Vikings trolls. Like you did Jordy when we cut him. Before Jordy left he was “overrated” Now he is great and we are “ruined without him”

  31. “It was fun to go out there and go through my reads…”, Brett Huntley

    I didn’t watch the whole game, but I never saw Brett go through any reads. He seemed to be pretty much locked onto one receiver. That was the major weakness DC’s abused last year. Vanilla preseason defenses tend not to do that.

  32. “Can someone clue them in that DeShone Kizer is going to be the back-up QB this year so they can direct their hate towards him.”

    Deshone Kizer lost to Brent Hundley last year.

    Kizer has never won an NFL game, Hundley has.

    Neither QB is very good.

    If Bridgewater becomes available (via trade or being cut) the Packers would be wise to bring him in.

    Which means it probably won’t happen.

  33. gtodriver says:
    August 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    “Can someone clue them in that DeShone Kizer is going to be the back-up QB this year so they can direct their hate towards him.”

    Deshone Kizer lost to Brent Hundley last year. Kizer has never won an NFL game, Hundley has. Neither QB is very good. If Bridgewater becomes available (via trade or being cut) the Packers would be wise to bring him in. Which means it probably won’t happen.
    ////////////////////////////////

    If Bridgewater wasn’t good enough for the Vikings to keep, why on earth would he be good enough for the Packers?

    This sounds like something a bored troublemaker would say, just to pick a fight.

  34. Look on the bright side, Mccarthy is stubbornly sticking by this guy again like he did for years with Capers despite how blatantly obvious it was last year Hundley is garbage and if Rodgers goes down again and you’re stuck with Hundley/Kizer for the majority of the year then Pettine will be your headcoach next year and you might actually have a chance to turn your franchise around before Rodgers retires/

    Ponder looked good in the preseason too…

    I can understand Rodgers sitting out, but Jesus that entire starting defense should’ve been on the field together for at least the whole first quarter. Mccarthy is a fool.

  35. Stella says:

    If Bridgewater wasn’t good enough for the Vikings to keep, why on earth would he be good enough for the Packers?
    ###

    You apparently didn’t watch Brent Hundley attempt to play QB last season or this past Friday night.

    If you can’t admit that Teddy is a better QB than anyone currently on the Packers roster not named Rodgers, it is clear that your cranial computer is firmly lodged in your rectal storage area.

    So go ahead and keep picking fights. It’s what you do.

  36. Back to work today! No rest for Champions.

    Sunday practice starts at 12:15

    #100Seasons

    #TitleTown

    #28DaysToWeek1KickOff!

  37. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    Back to work today! No rest for Champions.
    ####

    Your team finished 3rd in the division last season.

    You won a preseason game, only after all the third and fourth string players were on the field.

    You don’t become a Champion after one preseason win…

  38. Ok Vikings troll…

    They don’t name the trophy after just any teams coach.

    Why are you in a Packers thread again? Do you see me whining in Vikings threads?

    #100Seasons

    #TitleTown

    #PackersNation

  39. Both Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari were in pads and practiced full today.

    The only starter on offense or defense who didn’t practice today was Nick Perry.

    #2018TrainingCamp

    #28DaysTillChicagoAtLambeau

    #OneGameAtATime

  40. freefromwhatyouare says:

    Do you see me whining in Vikings threads?
    ###

    Frequently. Why do you ask?

  41. wiscowomenrplump says:

    August 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Packer playoff losses, I guess anyone can make a list

    1938- Lost to Giants 23-17
    1941 -Lost to Bears 33-14
    1960- Lost to Eagles 17-13
    1972- Lost to Redskins 16-13
    1983- Lost to Cowboys 37-26
    1994- Lost to Cowboys 27-17
    1995- Lost to Cowboys 39-9
    1996- Lost to Cowboys 38-27
    1998- Lost to Broncos 37-24
    1999- Lost to 49ers 30-17
    2002- Lost to Cardinals 45-17
    2003- Lost to Falcons 27-7
    2004- Lost to Eagles 20-17
    2005-Lost to Vikings 31-17
    2008- Lost to Giants 23-20
    2010- Lost to Cardinals 51-45
    2012- Lost to Giants 37-20
    2013-Lost to 49ers 45-31
    2014- Lost to 49ers 23-20
    2015- Lost to Seahawks 28-22
    2016- Lost to Falcons 44-21

    ————–

    Notice the huge gap between here:

    1972- Lost to Redskins 16-13
    1983- Lost to Cowboys 37-26
    1994- Lost to Cowboys 27-17

    Yep…that’s one playoff birth in 20 years.

  42. ajzinnecker says:

    1972- Lost to Redskins 16-13
    ###

    aj

    The Packers score is incorrect. They lost 16 – 3. They didn’t score a TD in the playoffs of a full season from the 1968 season through the 1993 season.

    Pretty tough to lose many playoff games when your team fails to earn the right to participate in the playoffs for that many years.

  43. “Frequently. Why do you ask”

    ==============

    Cool story bruh.

    I’ve never posted in a Vikings thread. Irrelevant to me is Minnesota. Only time I EVER mention the Vikings is in reply to Vikings fans in EVERY Packers thread.

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