- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Although coach Mike McCarthy made no announcements about playing time for Saturday's game, several backups on offense made it sound like they would get the bulk of the playing time, if not all of it.
"I know the starters aren't going to be playing but for us, it's our first time out on Lambeau this season," Blanchard said Thursday.
Three offensive line starters -- left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) plus guards T.J. Lang (concussion) and Josh Sitton (ankle) -- likely won't play because of injuries, so keeping Rodgers out makes sense.
"The backups don't normally get these type of reps," Blanchard said. "We have a lot of respect for Philly and their defense. Their starters are going to be playing a lot of time."
Based on the quarterback rotation so far, Hundley, the rookie fifth-round pick, is likely to play ahead of Blanchard. Neither was effective against the Steelers. In five possessions between the two, the Packers had no first downs and minus-1 total net yards. The first four possessions ended with punts and the last one ended on downs.
In the first two games combined, Hundley has completed 7-of-11 passes for 79 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Blanchard, a street free agent who has spent time with the Bears and Panthers before he signed with Green Bay this offseason, is just 3-for-5 for 20 yards without a touchdown or interception.
"It's a good opportunity for Brett and I to get in there and see where we're at and take advantage of it," Blanchard said.
The Packers' defensive starters, however, are expected to play. That could include linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who were held out of the first two preseason games because of injuries.
"You'd like to be able to have that group together where you can put them out there, maybe go two or three series, and play two or three good series and then get them out," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said this week.