CHICAGO – The Packers certainly needed this.
Green Bay’s three-game losing streak is over following a 23-16 victory over the Bears at a rainy Soldier Field on Sunday.
“It definitely feels good to win,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s been a couple weeks.”
Four to be exact, with the bye week thrown in, but Green Bay remained two games behind NFC North-leading Minnesota, who improved to 7-2 with a win at Washington. Detroit also won and is tied with the Packers for second place at 5-4.
This game wasn’t as much about the standings, though, as simply getting back on the right track. Hundley’s development continued, the running game chipped in a huge assist, and the defense caught a big break as well.
The rookie fourth-round pick out of BYU responded with 20 carries for 67 yards, all in the second half, grinding out some difficult yards on three scoring drives.
“Jamaal ran hard, ran physical,” McCarthy said. “Had some overloaded box runs. He had to make hard yards today, and he did a heck of a job with it to keep the sticks moving. I really like the way he played.”
Playing on a tight hamstring, Hundley scrambled for a pivotal first down, found
“They were squatting on Davante throughout the game,” McCarthy said of the gutsy deep shot with the game on the line. “I would have liked to have gone to it a little earlier, but we obviously got it when we needed it.”