Pederson, Rodgers had different paths after backing up Favre

Pederson, Rodgers had different paths after backing up Favre

He was 3-14 as a starter for Philadelphia and Cleveland and threw more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (12) in his career. He threw a flawless 20-yard TD pass to Adams to give the Packers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Through Week 10, the Packers have gone three-and-out on 18.9 percent of their possessions, a respectable clip ranked eighth in the National Football League and not far removed from their better years with Rodgers. Rodgers threw touchdowns on both of them against a defense that had allowed just three touchdowns in four previous home games.

"I don't want to expose him to anything that will hurt him there as an individual, as a human being", Pederson said.

"I wanted him to step back and breathe a little bit so he can see how he can help this team going forward", he added.

Earlier this week, the ever-confident quarterback said, "I feel like we can run the table, I really do" and believed the offense is starting to groove. "The fact that he took my locker, there wasn't much left, so that's pretty cool".

To do that the Pack would have to start with a win over the Eagles (5-5), who are a tad more relevant in the hunt for a playoff berth.

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After weeks of getting torched by opposing offenses - they gave up 1,683 yards and at least 30 points over their last four games - and an especially embarrassing display of breakdowns and inability against Washington, the Packers' deficient defensive backfield might finally get a reprieve in Philadelphia.

This was mighty bold of Carson, as there were three Packers defenders right there who could have messed him up pretty badly, but his nice easy dive through them put any running back to shame! I think what he did has given me an opportunity to just continue to grow.

Of course, any discussion of Thompson starts with the fact that he has already built one Super Bowl-winning roster in Green Bay.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers were throttled, 42-24, by the Redskins at FedEx Field in Week 11, dropping to 4-6 - their worst record through 10 games since beginning 2005 with a mark of 2-8. With right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai also being out with a knee injury, it meant a make-shift line all around, with Jason Peters (left tackle), Stefen Wisniewski (left guard), Jason Kelce (center), Seumalo and Allen Barbre (right tackle). Like Jay Cutler in Chicago, Eddie Lacy has clearly run out of chances in Wisconsin. Clay Matthews returned to inside linebacker because Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez were sidelined.

Rodgers came out firing and led the Packers on consecutive touchdown drives to start the game. Several others have been banged-up. Considering Rodgers injured his hamstring in the third quarter, it wouldn't be a surprise if coach Mike McCarthy shelves that play for the rest of the season. "The reality is that we are 4-7".