The Green Bay Packers will hit the road after two straight home games and head to New York to face the Giants. This marks the fourth straight season that the Packers and Giants have met during the regular season.
The Packers are 2-1 in those last three games, but the Giants also scored a playoff win against the Packers following their 15-1 regular season in 2011.
Since that playoff loss, the Packers pass rush woes have been on display and continue to plague the team. Without quarterback Aaron Rodgers in these past two games, Green Bay has been unable to overcome a lack of pressure on the quarterback. It has placed added stress on the secondary as they have given up large chunks of yardage and valuable time of possession enroute to two losses.
What are the chances that the pass rush is a key this week? Let’s dive in and see.
Scott Tolzien’s Maturity in Packers Offense
This was a key last week, too. I just swapped out Seneca Wallace’s name for Tolzien’s. Obviously anytime a new quarterback steps in, there are going to be many eyes on his performance. Also many questions about how he will perform and handle the spotlight. For Tolzien, there are few bigger stages than in New York City and against a nemesis to the Packers over the past two years.
After Wallace went out during the first series last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tolzien came in and played the rest of the way. This just days after being promoted from the team’s practice squad. Tolzien did make a few bad throws and had two interceptions that were costly, but overall, he did not fare too poorly.
One of the reported reasons that the Packers signed Tolzien just prior to their week one game against the San Francisco 49ers is because of his football IQ. During his weekly radio show with ESPN Milwaukee, Aaron Rodgers described Tolzien as a perfectionist who is always inquiring about the offense. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Pete Dougherty also wrote about Tolzien’s good preparation habits. The hope is that after playing a full game and with another full week of practice with the starters, Tolzien will take at least a small step forward in his play this week against the Giants.