Charles “The Prodigy” Richey is an on-air host and producer for chicagolandsportsradio.com, he writes on the NFC North for WARR
With the Green Bay Packers season now hanging in the balance, the Pack are all in on reserve quarterback Brett Hundley.
In the wake of the devastating hit he took last week against Minnesota, coach Mike McCarthy and the organization have elected to place their two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers on Injured Reserve to counteract a broken collarbone, A-Rod will be eligible to return in Week 15 depending on if he makes a speedy recovery, but for now Hundley is in charge.
So far in his NFL career the UCLA product has passed for 174 passing yards on 19 passing attempts, averaging 9.16 yards per passing attempt with all his appearances coming off the bench. Hundley will get his first chance to pad those stats as Green Bay hosts the New Orleans Saints Sunday.
The injury report has the Packers listing two starting players on defense along with their high profile QB — safety Morgan Burnett is nursing a hamstring injury and inside linebacker Joe Thomas is dealing with an ankle injury. New Orleans enters this game surprising a lot of people with their defense, especially with its scoring prowess. Last week at home against Detroit the NO defense had two interceptions returned for TD’s, something they should look to continue when handling a new starter in Hundley.
Expect the Saints to bring pressure in a big way as they are 11th in the league with 16 sacks, that plus the ball-hawking defensive backs could be the recipe for success for Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
Vikings and Ravens: Can You Dig it?
As the Minnesota Vikings enter their Week 7 matchup at Home against the visiting Baltimore Ravens, they will look to continue to build momentum. The Vikes put a huge feather in their cap last week as they not only knocked out Aaron Rodgers for a sizable chunk of the season but managed to get atop the Division in a winning effort.
The biggest blows for this team remain their being without the services of starting quarterback Sam Bradford and dangerous wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Despite all that, this team knows all about toughness and they’re ready to step up, just ask second year receiver Laquon Treadwell.
“I always try to stay mentally ready while other guys are making plays. I knew my time would come. Just make the most of it,” Treadwell said this week.
The thing with Treadwell is he has been able to feed off the respective services of tight end Kyle Rudolph and receiver Adam Thielen, who each draw their own bit of attention.
If any one of those guys gets shut down by Baltimore, Treadwell proves his value extensively, he has yet to earn a receiving TD, but his yards per reception at 15.0 leads the team, he has learned extensively from Diggs and Thielen how to beat NFL corners and focused a lot technique and route running. If anything, this will be one of the biggest opportunities for Treadwell yet.
The Ravens continue to play hurt under Joe Flacco. Last week, they were shut down in their red zone scoring as they managed just three field goals and two special teams returns were of big need in the fourth quarter, they would eventually fall in OT thanks to a big run by Jordan Howard.
This is a team who also suffered a humiliating defeat earlier in the season against the Jaguars scoring only nine points, but somehow find themselves still floating around in the AFC North trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers by a game, their playoff chances have dropped from 60 to 32 percent according to FiveThirtyEight.
The Vikings on the other hand have a 56% chance of making the Playoffs as of the moment. Either way Ravens owner Steve Biscotti is still giving coach John Harbaugh and Flacco a vote of confidence.
“I look at them and I look at us as a team and I don’t think they’re doing anything wrong. I think a lot of this comes down to…I hate to tell you that all our planning comes down a lot to a bounce of the ball,” Biscotti told the media this week.
Slowdown in Motown
As for the Detroit Lions, they are currently on their bye in Week 6, which is good as they have a lot of pondering to do.
At this point it’s now or never for Motown’s team to capture the NFC North, which has alluded them since winning in 1993. Detroit returns at home next Sunday Night to host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Either it’s time to soar or make an even bigger uproar.
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