If Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien were ever to have a good game, his best chance will come Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. More importantly, he must take advantage of the great opportunity if the Packers want to keep pace in the NFC North as well as keep their postseason hopes alive.
Tolzien will be facing a Minnesota defense that has struggled mightily against the pass this season. In fact, the Vikings rank 29th in the league in opponent passing yards per game (280.1). The defense also has had a tough time against the run. However, there is no question their primary focus will be putting Tolzien in as many difficult positions as possible. That means shutting down running back Eddie Lacy and applying pressure on the signal caller will be two areas of focus for Minnesota.
The Vikings also have struggled taking the ball away as far as interceptions are concerned, which certainly bodes well for Tolzien who has thrown five picks in two games. Obviously, if he cannot keep the football from falling into the wrong hands, the Packers don’t have a chance in winning the game. That means ball security will be his top priority with converting big plays being a close second.
Speaking of plays of 25 yards or more, Tolzien was six-for-six when tossing the deep ball against the New York Giants. It is imperative that Green Bay put Tolzien in situations where he can let it fly, especially since the Vikings’ defense has allowed 32 plays of 20-plus yards through the air this season.
Tolzien has proven that he’s more than capable of putting up the necessary yards to win the game. In fact, 619 passing yards in two games is a very respectable number. His two biggest issues are finding the end zone and avoiding turnovers. If he can somehow find a way to incorporate all three into his game on Sunday then the Packers should leave the Metrodome victorious.