But a team with Super Bowl aspirations already saw the immediate effects of not having Rodgers on the field.
With Hundley at the helm for the majority of the game, the offense sputtered. The third-year pro out of UCLA completed just 54.5 percent of his passes, threw three picks and didn't have a completion longer than 26 yards.
Hundley will have a week now to settle in, take all the first-team reps in practice and get ready for his first career start against the Saints on Sunday. Perhaps his performance will improve.
The speculation is already beginning to grow, however. If Green Bay falls to a hot New Orleans team in Week 7, the Packers would go into their bye week at 4-3. Rodgers isn't coming back anytime soon, if at all, this season.
A Plan C might need to be in the works.
And that's where it gets interesting. The usual Colin Kaepernick debate will be reignited. Perhaps Eli Manning trade rumors, which were brought up last week in relation to Jacksonville, start churning again. Former Green Bay backup Scott Tolzien is on the bench in Indianapolis and could be on the block, especially as Andrew Luck gets closer to returning.
But the most intriguing name being thrown into the conversation is former Wisconsin resident Tony Romo, who is settling in nicely in the CBS broadcast booth.
Romo officially retired in the offseason to pursue broadcasting, but he wouldn't be the first quarterback to reverse on that course. Jay Cutler, who signed a deal with Fox in the offseason, found the right situation in Miami to return for another season on the field.
Would Romo, who never played in a Super Bowl in his career with Dallas, consider Green Bay the right situation to temporarily hang up the headphones and return to the field?
The oddsmakers say it's a real long shot.
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PICK: At that price, why not take a flyer on this scenario playing out?
Sure, it's a long shot. Romo is crushing it in the booth and there's no guarantee that bringing him in mid-year would work out well for both sides. But a serious Super Bowl run is one thing he never got to experience in his long and otherwise successful career.
And unless Hundley shows huge improvement, Green Bay probably is nothing more than a fringe playoff team without Rodgers this season.
It makes enough sense for both sides that it should at least be explored, even though the odds clearly don't point to it being a serious possibility.
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