The Green Bay Packers will not play Cam Newton in Week 10.
For the second time in three weeks, the Packers’ opponents will start a backup quarterback.
Panthers MVP quarterback Cam Newton has been out since Week 2. The Panthers announced Tuesday that they placed Newton on the injured reserve, ending his season. This is not surprising news as Newton has missed most of the season due to injury.
The Packers went 2-2 in games against the Panthers with Newton at QB. They have lost the last two games.
That means the Packers will face Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen this week. But that doesn’t mean it will be an easy game for the Packers. Far from there.
In six games this season, Allen has completed 60.7% of his passes, throwing for 1,291 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. The Panthers went 5-1 with Allen, with their only loss to the undefeated 49ers.
Green Bay’s defense will also have to find an answer for MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey, who has 881 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season, as well as 363 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Matt LaFleur’s team can’t worry too much about who plays quarterback. First they need to make sure they are better prepared for Sunday’s game than they were last week. Their performance against the Chargers was embarrassing, and a similar effort this week will have the same result.
Going into their bye week, this has to be a rebound game for the Packers in all three phases. Come into the bye week at 8-2 and with some momentum and they’ll be in great shape to come back fresh from the bye against the 49ers.
But one loss, and suddenly the team’s hopes of securing a first-round bye could be dashed. That’s how important this game is for the Packers.