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Early in Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley looked comfortable with the scripted plays put in place by head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers opened the game with an array of quick passes, run/pass options with designed run elements for the quarterback, designed throws to the flat and play-action passes. But the drive stalled and ended with a botched field-goal attempt.

It was all downhill from there.

Aside from a two-minute drive at the end of the first half where he seemed comfortable in a more up-tempo pace, Hundley could not get settled in. He was quick to move from clean pockets, he was a step late on a number of throws (including one pass along the sideline to Davante Adams that was broken up by D.J. Hayden) and it seemed like he failed to identify some open reads as well. In addition, situational awareness was lacking, especially at the end of that two-minute drive before the half. Hundley took a costly sack on a first-down play, and on the following snap he wasted a great deal of time in the pocket extending the play. The Packers were lucky to get the field goal converted in a fire-drill situation.

There were some missed opportunities as well. Hundley had Adams on a vertical route in the second quarter that was only slightly overthrown but still catchable, but the receiver failed to pull in the pass. In the third quarter, the Packers defense forced a turnover near midfield, but Hundley and the offense failed to take advantage of the good field position in going three-and-out on their ensuing possession, including two incompletions on deeper throws to Jordy Nelson.

Hundley's best pass of the night came on a drive early in the fourth quarter, when he hit Randall Cobb on a post route with impressive velocity and placement. He hit Adams on a back-shoulder throw later in the drive, and the Packers were able to punch the ball into the end zone to finish off that drive. Again, the quicker tempo on the drive seemed to get Hundley into a bit of a rhythm.

With Aaron Rodgers sidelined, the entire Green Bay roster needs to step up. The Packers defense did its part on Monday night, forcing a turnover and holding the Lions to a field goal on a fourth-quarter drive after Detroit faced a 1st-and-goal from the 1. But Hundley needs to perform better. Channeling how he opened the game, when the young quarterback was his most comfortable and effective, would be a good place to start.

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