Well, here we are. The Green Bay Packers thought they could withstand the loss of superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers by plugging in backup Brett Hundley for the first significant action of his NFL career. That plan failed miserably on Monday night - the team couldn't get any offensive mojo going and suffered a humiliating home defeat at the hands of the rival Detroit Lions. A season that began with Super Bowl aspirations is slipping away faster than a Yu Darvish start in the World Series.

There's only one way the Packers can turn this around and save their season: sign Colin Kaepernick.

Green Bay lost at quarterback

To clarify, it wasn't as if Hundley was the second coming of Joey Harrington on Monday night. He did a good job protecting the ball, yielding no turnovers and just 12 incomplete passes. He completed approximately two-thirds of his throws and even rushed for a score. But his way of leading the Packers on the field was far from inspiring.

For the first half of the night, it felt as if Hundley's balls were being knocked back by an invisible forcefield. Throws weren't traveling more than ten yards and winding up in receiver's hands. Everything felt like a short check-down and the Lions were on top of those throws all night, limiting the Packers to just 5.7 yards per pass.

With Rodgers on the field, that number would be astronomically higher and Green Bay would've been in a close game, rather than losing by multiple scores.

Would the Packers actually sign Kaepernick?

While social media quickly united on the Kaepernick bandwagon as Monday's game was progressing, the odds of the Packers signing the controversial quarterback remained stagnant and low.

That has little to do with the team itself - the odds that any NFL team gives Kaepernick a job remain worse than the odds that Leicester City would ever win a Premier League title.

There's no guarantee that Kaepernick would even help - he certainly wasn't impressive last season when Chip Kelly started giving him opportunities over Blaine Gabbert in San Francisco.

But it's clear that the current formula in Green Bay simply isn't going to cut it this year.

Halfway through their slate of games, the Packers are 4-4, one game behind the Dallas Cowboys for the second wild-card spot in a robust NFC playoff landscape. They can still make the playoffs, where Rodgers can come to their rescue - a different quarterback needs to get them there first, though.