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Packers Stock Report: Who Benefits Most From the Bye?

With the bye-week in the rearview mirror, the Packers are back to work today in preparation for their Monday night contest against the Detroit Lions. Green Bay’s week off came at a good time given their quarterback situation and the length of their injury report. Since there was no game this week, let’s take a look at where the Packers stand to benefit the most from the bye.

  • Brett Hundley/Mike McCarthy – Probably the most obvious candidate here, Hundley told reporters he planned on sticking around Green Bay during the week. Whether he spent that time looking at film, reviewing the playbook or just simply relaxing, a week off certainly couldn’t hurt for the third-year quarterback coming off his first regular season start. Clearly, the drawback to all that is there was no on-field work involved. With an extra week to examine the good, bad and ugly from the New Orleans game, however, you’d certainly expect McCarthy to have a more focused plan, and Hundley to be sharper as well.
  • Offensive line – Against New Orleans, the unit as close to normal as we’ve seen this season, at least in terms of the lineup. The overall health across the board should be improved coming off the bye, which would give the Packers’ offense a boost they’ve largely missed through seven games. Even if the shuffling along the offensive line hasn’t completely doomed them to this point, continuity from here on out would likely go a long way in easing the minds of both Brett Hundley and the coaching staff.
  • Morgan Burnett (or the entire defense) – Green Bay’s defense has looked lost at times without Burnett on the field calling the signals. As long as his hamstring is cooperating, Burnett should be available to return to action against Detroit. That would be a welcome development, not only from a communication standpoint, but also in terms of how the rotations and responsibilities play out in the secondary. Burnett has long acted as a stabilizer in otherwise rocky times for the Packers’ defense, and his presence could make a big difference as they prepare for the second half of the season.
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RCPackerFan's picture

"Who Benefits Most From the Bye"

Outside of injured players, Hundley/McCarthy definitely benefit the most.

With 1 1/2 games to feel his way through real games Hundley got to go into the bye week fully understanding what he needs to improve on. McCarthy also got an extra week to figure out how to redo the offense to fit Hundley's abilities.

I think for those guys the bye week came at the perfect time. They got to see what Hundley could do in his first start and got an extra week to learn from the mistakes and learn what to do more of and less of. Whether or not we see the improvement we were/are hoping to see, we have yet to see, I just think we will see a different type of offense compared to the Saints game.

CheesyTex's picture

At least Packers will be healthier, but no Rodgers = better position in each round of 2018 draft.

Point Packer's picture

The fans. I'll keep cheering, but watching the MIke McCarthy/Brett Hundley ship of fools is painful. And I just don't see it getting any better.

And then there's "the defense", if you can call it that.

Handsback's picture

I'll tell you with 100% accuracy that the group that gets the most benefit from the bye week is the family of the players!

Packer Fan's picture

Both MM and Capers. They gotta do something different. Both offensively for Hundley and defensively for Capers to put something together better.

DD's picture

We'll see Monday night against the Lions. This should tell us a great deal on preparation and schemes. I have my doubts, but hoping for the best. Two weeks off, at home, preparing time, motivation, creativity. What more could one ask for. So watch with your eyes and then comment. The story will be told, good or bad. Go Pack, or pack. Which one will it be?

packerbackerjim's picture

Randall. While he’s hot!!!

DD's picture

Different GM, head coach, and defensive coordinator! Fantasy picks. Lol.

Tundraboy's picture

Who benefits!? Us.

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