The Green Bay Packers are finding it very difficult to find ways to win in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. With Rodgers status still in question for the next couple of weeks, the Packers find themselves in a must-win situation in Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Green Bay comes into the game nursing a three-game losing streak and is looking to bounce back against the division foe. The Packers will turn to Scott Tolzien to take on the tall task of ending the losing streak.
Tolzien has played well in place of the injured Rodgers, his only problem through his first two games played have been turnovers that have haunted him in crucial situations. Tolzien has thrown a total of five interceptions in a two-game span, which can be blamed on the fact that he has only played in 7.5 quarters as an NFL quarterback.
The Packers’ season now rests on the right arm of the rookie quarterback. Tolzien has to step up against a vulnerable Minnesota defense and turn those crucial turnovers he made into touchdowns, and the he looks to be poised for a breakout game. Scott has continually improved under center and has found a niche for throwing the deep ball with great accuracy. He completed five passes of 25 yards or more against the New York Giants‘ defense, and coach Mike McCarthy needs to take the training wheels off and let the rookie loose.
The Packers have been trying to continue pounding the ball against stacked eight-man fronts and have found no success. Defenses do not feel threatened that coach McCarthy feels comfortable enough to let the leash off of Tolzien to get the ball to their playmakers on the outside. If the Packers want to win on Sunday, Tolzien must play well; and for that to happen, he needs to get the ball deep downfield and make this once-explosive offense, explosive again.