In the first exhibition game, with a dozen likely starters - including Aaron Rodgers - not in uniform, the quarterbacking was the main story. But, though the game didn't matter and many of the players won't be on the roster in a few weeks, there were other takeaways, too. Here are five.
What a long, strange, unpleasant trip it was, this 2017 Green Bay Packers season, and it ended that way in the Week 17 finale, with an ugly and injury-filled loss to the Lions, 35-11, in Detroit on New Year's Eve. Let's take a look back at it before we forget it forever.
Heading into their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Vikings, the Packers were a discouraged and injury-depleted underdog, eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2008. And at Lambeau Field, on national television, against one of its biggest rivals, Green Bay played that way.
The Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Tuesday. It's the second time the veteran quarterback has been put on IR this year, but this time he isn't coming back. One week after the hype and hope that Rodgers could rescue the season, the Packers have shut him down.
Aaron Rodgers, along with a Packers team and fan base waiting anxiously, will soon know whether or not he can play in this week's game. Mike McCarthy said Rodgers' medical clearance will be determined by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie, probably on Tuesday.
On Sunday in Cleveland, against a winless, hapless but highly motivated opponent, the Packers beat the Browns, and it was fun. Brett Hundley had the best performance of his much-maligned season in Green Bay's unattractive-yet-exhilarating 27-21 overtime win, and now? Aaron Rodgers returns.
In Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Brett Hundley couldn't do anything as a passer. But then the Packers started running the zone-read, and Hundley was effective, leading the offense to 10 points and the win. But why did it take so long to use the zone-read? And how much can we expect it this week against Cleveland?
Before the season, no one could have predicted that rookie running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones would play such significant roles for the Packers. But right now, no one on Green Bay is more important to helping this team get where it wants to go.
Only 10 minutes after he and his unproductive offense were booed by the home crowd to end regulation, Brett Hundley ran off Lambeau Field with a wide grin, raising his arms up to the suddenly cheering fans, celebrating the Packers' surprising, ugly but much-needed win Sunday over the Buccaneers.
In unquestionably Brett Hundley's best game since Aaron Rodgers' injury, the Packers ultimately came up just short in Pittsburgh, losing to the Steelers, 31-28, on a last-second field goal. But even though it was yet another defeat, the performance was at least encouraging.
Now that the Packers are officially and mathematically average, with a 5-5 record attained after their humiliating 23-0 home loss to the Ravens on Sunday, it's worth remembering: Brett Hundley is not a good QB, but, without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is a mediocre team that plays boring football.
For the first time since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone a month ago, the Packers looked like a football team with a plan on Sunday in Chicago, running the ball, rushing the passer and snapping their three-game losing streak with a 23-16 victory over the Bears.
Brett Hundley wasn't the reason the Packers lost, 30-17, to the Lions. But he didn't really help them win, either. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford shredded Green Bay's defense, snapping his team's three-game losing streak and extending the Packers' skid to three games.
With as good a non-Aaron Rodgers situation as Green Bay could have on Sunday, how troubling was it that Brett Hundley, Mike McCarthy and the defense still couldn't beat the Saints? How great is Giannis and how fun are the Bucks? Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller answer those questions and more in the Postgame Tailgate.
All week leading up to the Packers' Aaron Rodgers-less matchup with the Saints, Mike McCarthy and his players talked about how confident they were in Brett Hundley. After New Orleans' 26-17 win in Green Bay on Sunday, when McCarthy showed little belief in Hundley and the QB didn't earn it, what now?