In the first full game without quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), we were reminded why head coach Mike McCarthy’s squad is so reliant on its star signal-caller.
The Green Bay Packers initially had a lead over the New Orleans Saints, thanks to two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions off the hand of Saints quarterback Drew Brees. But as New Orleans started to make its comeback, everyone watching had to know Green Bay’s defense simply couldn’t hold long enough to make the difference.
Eventually the Saints finished with 485 yards of offense en route to the 26-17 victory. If Rodgers was present, the outcome likely would have been different.
Speaking of difference, fill-in Packers quarterback Brett Hundley completed less than 50 percent of his passes for just 87 yards, an interception and a horrid 39.9 passer rating.
Green Bay is in trouble.