Packers: 5 takeaways from Week 7 loss to Saints

Posted October 24, 2017

Brees threw for 331 yards and one touchdown Sunday in a 26-17 win at Green Bay.

The defense gave up a long touchdown run on the first series to the Green Bay Packers. He gave the Packers a 14-7 lead with a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Jones was the prime example of this notion as he practically carried the offense on his back all afternoon with 17 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown, to go with three receptions. But considering how unproductive Hundley was Sunday, the Packers will likely need production from both running backs to stay alive down the stretch. Hundley completed 12 of 25 passes for just 87 yards. If McCarthy truly believes in Hundley, he needs to let him take more risks and learn from them in order to keep defenses honest and make plays with his legs more often.

But that does not deter them from cheering on the Packers, or what they think can be made of the season. Drew Brees caught rookie Kevin King peeking and tossed a 22 yard strike to a wide open Brandon Coleman on the first drive of the third quarter.

Brees added another milestone to his impressive 17-year career, becoming the fourth player in National Football League history with at least 500 touchdown passes, including the playoffs. This is a week after grabbing an interception which he returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery.

Although a player like Rodgers is irreplaceable, if Jones can continue to be a threat in the run game, Brett Hundley could still lead this team to the postseason.

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When the team sent Adrian Peterson packing two weeks ago, it meant that Mark Ingram needed to step up in the running game. As well as he moved in the run game, he was just 1-of-6 passing from outside the pocket.

Things got off to a great start for the Packers.

After holding the Packers (4-3) to a three-and-out inside the 20, New Orleans drove 55 yards in eight plays to seal the game with Brees' sneak over the goal line.

Rodgers was injured during last Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Vikings when linebacker Anthony Barr drove him into the ground on his right shoulder.

It is Ingram's second-consecutive 100-yard game this season after not having more than 56 yards in the previous four contests. Brees and company have struggled to win more than seven games in each of the last three seasons, so they could be in for a very successful year judging by the early returns. A reasonably effective running game opens up the team's risky passing game.