The Green Bay Packers will be going up against a backup quarterback when they take on the Washington Commanders in Week 7.
For the second time this season, the Green Bay Packers are set to take on a backup quarterback.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Washington Commanders will have Taylor Heinicke starting at quarterback with Carson Wentz injured.
It’s the second time the Packers will play against a backup. In Week 4, they took on the New England Patriots without starting quarterback Mac Jones.
Heinicke has some previous starting experience in Washington. He started 15 games for Washington last season. The team went 7-8 in those games, and Heinicke threw for 3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.
Even had Carson Wentz been available for this game, the Packers would’ve been considered the favorites, despite their poor performances of late.
The Commanders’ offense has struggled to put up points this season. They are averaging just 17 points per game, which ranks fourth-worst in the NFL.
Only the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and Denver Broncos are averaging fewer points.
Perhaps Heinicke will provide a spark for the offense, but that won’t be easy. Green Bay’s defense could find some success against a Washington offense that has allowed a league-high 23 sacks over the first six weeks of the season.
However, as we saw when the Patriots visited Lambeau Field and played the majority of the game with third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe, nothing is a given.
Zappe almost led the Patriots to a shock victory over the Packers. Green Bay required overtime to get the win. Since then, Matt LaFleur’s team has lost two in a row.
If ever there was an ideal bounce-back game for the Packers, this would be it. The Commanders are finding it difficult to put up points, and they now enter Week 7 without their starting quarterback.