It’s ancient history now, of course, but when Rodgers came in for an injured Brett Favre against the Patriots in 2006, the 2005 first-round pick went 4-of-12 passing for 32 yards and broke his foot. After his first two seasons in the league, Rodgers was a combined 15-of-31 for 111 yards with an interception. The Packers even reportedly thought about trading Rodgers for Randy Moss before the 2007 season.
We don’t know much about how Hundley will perform yet. McCarthy did an excellent job of developing Rodgers into a franchise quarterback, although his work with Matt Flynn seemed to be more smoke-and-mirrors given Flynn’s lack of success outside of Lambeau Field. Hundley’s preseason numbers have been great — he has completed 66.9 percent of his passes while throwing 10 touchdowns against one pick — but much of that came against third-stringers in 2015.
J.J. Watt went down with what looked like a tibial plateau fracture. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season. The Texans also lost Whitney Mercilus for the rest of the game against the Chiefs.
Yet the Bears still managed to blow an 11-point lead. It took a 96-yard kick return touchdown from Bobby Rainey and a 77-yard punt return score from Michael Campanaro to keep the Ravens in the game. But that was enough to do it, and the game went to overtime.
Mitchell Trubisky, in his first win as a pro, completed just half of his 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. But the combination of Trubisky doing just enough after regulation, Jordan Howard going off for 167 yards, and the Ravens’ offense generally being putrid led the Bears to a 27-24 win.
That’s not a phenomenal stat line. Trubisky still managed to become the first rookie quarterback to get a win in Baltimore since Jake Plummer in 1997, according to NFL Research. And he may have saved John Fox’s job in the process.