The Green Bay Packers have come into Week 10 without many of their key players on their roster, and now they must navigate through 4-6 weeks without Aaron Rodgers. The Packers will turn to veteran backup Seneca Wallace to carry the team in Rodgers’ absence. The Packers will need to take the next six weeks game by game, and this week they have a match-up with the explosive, dynamic offense of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles come into Sunday’s game after a blowout win against the Oakland Raiders in Week 9.
Philadelphia comes into their game with the Packers still with a quarterback controversy, but it looks as if Nick Foles will get the nod Sunday over injury-prone Michael Vick. Foles has shown he has the ablity to play at a high level when the starter Vick was hampered with a hamstring injury.
This is the exact outcome that Green Bay is hoping for when Seneca takes over as signal caller temporarily. Wallace is an 11-year veteran in the NFL and has been a backup most of his career. He hasn’t had much success as a starter with a career record of 6-15. Now it’s up to the Green Bay coaching staff to create a game plan that will give Wallace a great chance at succeeding. Wallace is more mobile than Rodgers, so you may see more of the read option put into the playbook for him. The best option the Packers have is to cut down the playbook and make the game more manageable for Seneca to give him the chance to just sit back and manage the game. This will give Eddie Lacy and James Starks exactly what Green Bay needs to get a strong running game going. Lacy will bear the bulk of the carries against an improving Eagles defense which has not surrendered more than 21 points to opponents in their last five games.
Seneca steps into a situation where there are high expectations week in and week out. This Packers franchise over the past two decades has had two quarterbacks, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. That’s a lot of pressure for Wallace who has been a career backup, so Seneca needs to play his game, go out there and limit turnovers. He can’t worry about the expectations or the history that is in Green Bay. If Wallace is able to do all of what is listed above he can go into his first start since 2011 and get a “W” for the Pack. Seneca’s a gamer so he will give 110 percent on Sunday night, and at this point that’s all Green Bay can ask for.