Eddie Lacy (Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers (5-3) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) in a key NFC matchup at Lambeau Field. The game is scheduled to kickoff at noon CT with television coverage on FOX. This game will be a battle of the backups as the Eagles will start Nick Foles as Michael Vick recovers from a hamstring injury, while the Packers will turn to veteran Seneca Wallace as Aaron Rodgers recovers from a broken left collarbone. Last week against the Oakland Raiders, Foles lit up the scoreboard by throwing for seven touchdowns in a dominating victory.
The Packers were not as lucky with their backup quarterback Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Wallace went 11-19 for 114 yards, but threw one interception and zero touchdowns in a big loss for the Packers in more ways than one. The broken collarbone has Rodgers on the shelf for at least three more weeks, and now has the Packers on the fringe of making the playoffs. The good news for the Packers is unlike last week, Wallace will not be coming off the bench cold. Since Rodgers was the starter, Wallace had minimal first team reps during practice. With Rodgers now out, Wallace will have more time to build chemistry with his wide receivers and will have the offensive game plan revolved around his abilities as a quarterback.
If the Packers want to beat the Eagles, they will need to do two things they have surprisingly done for the first half of this season: run the football and play solid defense. Eddie Lacy has shown he has the making of something special at the running back position, leading the NFL in rushing since week 5. Since the Eagles’ offense likes to play with a quick, up tempo offense, running the ball effectively will mean the Eagles will get the ball fewer times, and will mean the defense will get time to rest before they have to go and chase around the fast Eagles offense.
This by far is the biggest game of the Packers season. Not necessarily because of the Eagles record, but because of what happened to the Packers last Monday night. They lost their franchise quarterback for at least the next three weeks. If they can come out with a win on Sunday, it will show that even without their leader, they can show why they are still a team to reckon with in the NFC.