When Joe Callahan was the feel-good story of the Green Bay Packers' 2016 training camp as an undrafted free agent from tiny Wesley College, the two-time NFL MVP took it upon himself to bestow nicknames on the new kid in the quarterback room.
Divison: While the NFC North division isn't 100 percent wrapped up yet, it would take an epic collapse for Green Bay to catch the Minnesota Vikings in that race.
Pittsburgh have had a long layoff since they last played. The Steelers defense may be clicking but they still need Ben at his best if they want to compete for the Super Bowl. Case in point, the Packers have averaged only 10.2 points per game in the five games since Hundley has been under center.
That's a bad average, especially considering what the Packers have been able to do with Rodgers under center, but it was severely hindered by this past weekend's output, when the Packers were shutout by the Baltimore Ravens, 23-0. JuJu Smith-Schuster was a late addition to the injury report with a hamstring problem that has kept him from practicing the past two days. The situation on the defensive line could be a bigger issue against Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who leads the National Football League in rushing. They are 8-0 SU and ATS in their last eight home games in November. He is also coming off of his most productive game of the season receiving after hauling in nine receptions for 57 yards versus Tennessee.
The Green Bay Packers have dropped four out of their last five. Those losses came without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
If he keeps moving right along, Rodgers would be eligible to come off the injured reserve list for the Packers' game against the Carolina Panthers on December 17.
However, the season isn't officially over yet, and stranger things have happened to these Packers in the past, so it's not the time to quit just yet.
TAKING A HIT: Lost in the Packers' offensive struggles has been the solid performance of a defense that held the Ravens to 219 yards overall last week, including 58 on the ground on 26 carries. The Packers have the Buccs and Browns after their trip to Pittsburgh, but they are no guaranteed wins given how Hundley has played.
Two touchdowns is a lot, but I just have no faith in Hundley being able to handle a Steelers pass rush that is on form and attacking from all over the field. But, that's not going to be an issue.
This season opened with the usual expectations around the Steelers offence, but they've taken some time to get going. Led by pass-rusher Cameron Heyward, this Steelers defense is nasty and is looking for blood against the Packers. He now has 3.5 sacks, 28 tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 10 games this season. Green Bay are likely to focus on Brown and Bell, leaving James relatively free. And through five weeks, it looked like the Steelers and Packers were both certainly championship contenders.