If you're a Vikings fan, you might be thinking you can run away with the division now that Aaron Rodgers is out potentially (though not definitively) for the entire season.
With Rodgers breaking his collarbone, it appears Brett Hundley will be leading the team.
Rodgers is an elite quarterback and Green Bay is a different team without him. Since 2013, Rodgers has missed seven games and Green Bay has gone 2-4-1 without him – the one tie came against Christian Ponder and the Vikings, lol.
Although he's yet to actually start a game in his career, Hundley may not be that bad of an option for Green Bay.
Especially if he can channel his inner Matt Flynn.
The case for Hundley
Rodgers last missed significant time in 2013, missing seven games that year with a collarbone injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. (His current injury is to the other side, his right shoulder.)
Scott Tolzien started the following two games, and Seneca Wallace got one. But Green Bay lost all three.
Enter Matt Flynn.
Flynn started four games in place of Rodgers that year, and Green Bay won two of those contests. Flynn threw 6 touchdowns to 4 interceptions and posted a quarterback rating of 86.3. Which are pretty solid numbers for a backup.
Oh and Green Bay still made the playoffs that season. Flynn kept the seat warm for Rodgers, who successfully came back from the collarbone injury after about eight weeks.
That's the type of performance you'd need from Hundley, a third-year player that was a very good passer for UCLA.
And he showed some flashes against the Vikings in a pretty difficult situation, including a solid connection with Jordy Nelson, who caught 5 balls from Hundley for 50 yards.
With Hundley getting first-team reps in practice this week, he'll get more familiar with the talented receiving corps of Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. And the Packers coaching staff will be able to game plan for their young quarterback.
The NFC North is still weak
Also in the Packers' favor: the NFC North division isn't exactly scaring anybody, and some are saying it's now the worst division in football.
Matthew Stafford is by far the best quarterback in the North, yet Detroit is 3-3. Mitchell Trubinsky – a rookie – is starting for Chicago and the Bears are two games back of the division lead.
And then there's Case Keenum, who has led the Vikings to three wins, but his past history indicates he's not a winner.
As someone who does enjoy seeing the Packers lose more than the Vikings actually winning, Minnesota fans may want to pump the breaks on the Packers being out of it.
With uncertainty in the division and the Packers still having a decent supporting cast around Hundley, anything is possible.