Packers Chances Against Eagles Slim Without QB Aaron Rodgers
Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) breaks a tackle by Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) for a 57-yard run in the 3rd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
2) Seneca Wallace did not look very good Monday night. On a short week do you think he will have time to learn the routes and cadences of his receiver corp? Do you think the Packers will rely heavily on the run?
DD: I think Wallace will definitely look better this week than he did in Monday night’s loss to the Bears. On Rodgers’ weekly podcast, he said that Wallace only got about four snaps with the first team offense leading up to the game against the Bears. It was obvious the Packers backup quarterback was thrown into the fire and wasn’t very comfortable in the offense. It’s important to remember that Wallace wasn’t with the team leading up to the season. Green Bay signed him just prior to week one, and he didn’t get any preseason reps in the Packers offense. I believe Wallace is a better quarterback than he showed Monday night. He’s a veteran and brings experience to the table. He’s had success in the past. With a full week of preparation–even if it’s a short week–I think he’ll be able to do more under center come game time.
The Packers will definitely rely on their run game to move the ball. Eddie Lacy has been a beast for them this season, and James Starks has been effective coming off the bench. The Green Bay offense ran for 199 yards last week against a Bears defense that loaded the box and was expecting the run with Rodgers sidelined. If Wallace can get comfortable enough in the offense to make a handful of key throws, specifically on third down, than I think the Packers can get enough production on the ground to keep the game competitive. Another thing to remember is that Monday night’s gameplan was created to utilize what Aaron Rodgers brings to the table. I have to believe this week Coach McCarthy will try to play to Wallace’s strengths. He’ll get Wallace to rollout, make throws out of the pocket, and utilize Wallace’s ability to run. I would also expect a lot of play action. Something Wallace has been pretty good at over the course of his career.