Green Bay Packers Can Stay Afloat In NFC North Race With QB Scott Tolzien at the Helm

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Having an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers go down for the Green Bay Packers is not an easy thing to overcome.

In fact, unless you replace him with another franchise quarterback it’s downright impossible.

After being diagnosed to miss at least four to six weeks the Packers took their chances with career veteran backup Seneca Wallace. Any chance he had was short lived, however, as he exited the Packers’ game with a groin injury and second-year man Scott Tolzien took the reins of the Packers’ offense.

While Tolzien and the Packers fell 27-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles, he went 24-of-39 for 280 passing yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. But despite only being on the active roster since last Tuesday, Tolzien saw better success in moving the offense than Wallace did against the Chicago Bears when Rodgers went down for the count.

Thanks to the Packers’ revitalized running game and depth with Eddie Lacy, James Starks and Jonathan Franklin, Tolzien was not asked to bear the brunt of the offense. He was rather asked to not do too much and keep the game close by not turning the ball over.

Of course, while he threw two interceptions, Green Bay’s offense was not to blame for the loss. Rather, Green Bay’s secondary was shredded by Nick Foles who threw for 228 yards on 12-of-18 passing and three touchdowns, two of which went to Riley Cooper, while LeSean McCoy ran for 155 yards on the ground.

The former Wisconsin standout was buried on the depth chart his first years in the league. Now it’s up to him to keep the Packers from suddenly going from one of the hottest teams to one of the worst.

At the very least he’ll have to to do it until the main man returns from injury.


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