Hundley has had a rough go of it since taking over at quarterback for an injured Aaron Rodgers. Of course, most QBs would have a tough time following in Rodgers' footsteps, but Hundley just had not looked good and had been making poor decisions. Disaster was predicted as Green Bay played at Pittsburgh, especially coming off a game in which the Packers were shut out by Baltimore with Hundley throwing three interceptions. While the Packers fell to the Steelers on Sunday night, no one was pointing fingers at Hundley, who easily had his best day as a pro -- 17-of-26 passing for 245 yards and three touchdowns, a 134.3 QB rating -- providing some hope that maybe just maybe he's figuring this thing out.
Alex Hornibrook, Badgers quarterback (↑ UP)
It's maligned quarterback week in this edition of the Stock Report. Even Hornibrook's critics (of which there appear to be many) had to give the sophomore quarterback kudos after his performance in Wisconsin's 31-0 win over Minnesota. Hornibrook completed 15 of 19 passes, including some real beautiful throws, for 151 yards and three touchdowns. He also ended a streak with at least one interception in eight straight games.
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Jim Leonhard, Badgers defensive coordinator (↑ UP)
After just one year as a college coach, Leonhard was put in charge of Wisconsin's defense this past offseason after Justin Wilcox left to be the head coach at Cal. While no one questioned Leonhard's football intelligence, this was a quick ascension and there was a bit of an unknown factor, especially since he'd have to call plays for the first time. Yeah, no problems there. The Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense, rushing yards/game, rushing touchdowns allowed, opponent passer rating, yards/game and yards per play. No wonder this past week that Leonhard was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach.
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Badgers' Big Ten basketball streak (↓ DOWN)
Wisconsin has finished in the top four of the Big Ten standings for 16 consecutive seasons. Many times it appeared as though that streak would be broken, but the Badgers always kept up their consistency in the long run. Based on that history we'd be foolish to bet against Wisconsin finishing in the top four this season, but … the Badgers are 3-4, with all the losses to ranked teams and no victories away from the Kohl Center. Basically, they've beaten everyone their supposed to and lost to all the better teams they've faced. This Wisconsin team is relying on a lot of young players (and Ethan Happ) and the Big Ten is no cakewalk this year. It's still early, of course, but we're not liking the chances of this incredible streak to continue. Clip and save for March.
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Eric Bledsoe, Bucks guard (↑ UP)
In three games, Bledsoe averaged 23.0 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting 51.0 percent from the field, including 6 of 13 of his attempted 3s. Just in case you're wondering why Milwaukee traded for him.
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Mike McCarthy, Packers head coach (↓ DOWN)
A 57-yard-field goal attempt in the worst place in the NFL to attempt a field goal where no one had ever made one beyond 53 yards? Regardless of the result (a poorly missed kick), you think this was a good decision? Seriously?