The Minnesota Vikings were nothing special and the Green Bay Packers had their opportunities, but apparently playing second, third and fourth-string players won’t get you very far in the NFL.
Thus, the Green Bay Packers dropped a 16-0 dud to the division champion Minnesota Vikings.
They did so with Brett Hundley at quarterback and guys like Michael Clark and Jeff Janis playing receiver and Lenzy Pipkens playing cornerback.
The Packers’ defense put up a good enough effort. Hundley had his shots. This could have been a game, but it wasn’t.
Hundley threw a pick late in the second quarter at the Vikings’ 18. That could have changed things. The Packers turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth when Michael Clark couldn’t even get his hands on what looked like a perfect back-shoulder throw.
That could have changed things.
But who cares?
This was predictable.
Hundley ended up throwing for just 130 yards, no touchdowns and two picks.
Were there any highlights?
Well, hard to say that when getting shut out by the Vikings for only the second time in history.
However, I will say that I liked the fact that coach Mike McCarthy didn’t just go dink-and-dunk. He actually let Hundley take some shots downfield. A lot, in fact. Hundley apparently sucks at downfield shots — he isn’t accurate, but at least things were opened up.
Although he totally messed up that potential touchdown, the Packers unloaded the bench, and we liked what we saw (other than that play) from former practice squad receiver Michael Clark. He led the Packers in receiving with 36 yards on three catches.
Kenny Clark continued his great season with five tackles and two sacks. Reggie Gilbert, just added from the practice squad this week, was the only guy to provide consistent pressure with both Clay Matthews and Nick Perry sitting.
He let a guy get way behind him once, but undrafted free agent cornerback Lenzy Pipkins looked pretty decent out there.
The Packers more or less emptied the bench and why not? They’re playing for shit. It would have still been nice to curb-stomp those assholes, but who cares? Just playing for a draft pick at this point.