Backups Lead the Way in Week 8
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter de Siver
When starters aren’t able to play in the upcoming game, fans assume that they will lose that week as backups are usually much worse.
Sometimes backups realize that it’s their time to shine and play as though they’ve been starting for years. This week, there were multiple occurrences of backups playing way better than expected.
Thursday: Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals
Earlier in the week, Packers all-pro wide receiver Davante Adams was announced out for the game because he tested positive for COVID-19. Wide receiver Allen Lazard was in close contact with him throughout the week–meaning he wasn’t allowed to play either. Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was also out due to injury.
Randall Cobb was one of the only receivers left. Cobb was good a few years ago, but father time has caught up with him. In this game, he turned back the clock.
Against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb overcame the odds by connecting for two touchdowns and winning in a 24-21 thriller. Packers backup running back AJ Dillon also shined in the desert with 78 hard-fought rushing yards.
Sunday: Backup Quarterbacks
The New York Jets No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson was out due to injury, leaving backup quarterback Mike White to go against the 5-2 Cincinnati Bengals. White pulled off the major upset by throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 win at Metlife Stadium.
In one of the most anticipated matchups of the week, New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston tore his ACL early in the second quarter. Backup Trevor Siemian filled in for him against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) and threw for 159 yards and a touchdown in a shocking 36-27 victory.
On Sunday night, quarterback Cooper Rush filled in for Dak Prescott against the Minnesota Vikings (3-3). Rush proved everyone wrong by throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 51 seconds remaining. With this win, the Cowboys continued their winning streak to six.
Zach Wilson’s timetable to return from injury is uncertain, meaning Mike White will be the starter until he’s back. However, the better White plays, the more likely he will start after Wilson is healed.