Dec 8, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) throws a pass in the 3rd quarter during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Green Bay Packers will start Matt Flynn against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday with Aaron Rodgers still not medically cleared to return from his broken collarbone suffered in the loss against the Chicago Bears Nov. 4 and will miss his sixth straight game.
Aaron Rodgers looks on prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
“Listening to all the facts, the evaluation,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said, “it’s in our best interest as a football team, as an organization for Aaron not to play this game.”
Flynn is coming off his best game of his three-game stretch since being reacquired by the Packers and returns to his home state after starring for Robert E. Lee high school in Tyler, Texas and later winning a national title with the LSU Tigers.
“My mind-set all week was that I’m going to start,” Flynn said. “That’s been my mind-set, so it doesn’t really change anything. I’m just going to keep preparing. The physical work is kind of in the bag. Just mentally, going over the game plan and understanding it a little bit more and just making sure I’m 100% with everything we’re trying to get accomplished.”
Flynn completed 24 of 32 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown which proved to be the game-winner to Andrew Quarless in the fourth quarter in the 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons. With Green Bay needing to win out and get some help along the way from the Bears and Detroit Lions in the NFC North, the Packers will need a big game from Flynn.
Another backup quarterback, Josh McCown torched the Cowboys defense on Monday Night Football with 348 passing yards and four passing touchdowns and one rushing score against the No. 32 ranked pass defense that yields 298.5 yards per game.
With Rodgers getting closer to a return and the Packers erring on the side of caution–as they should with their franchise quarterback–this could be Flynn’s last start and he should fare well against the pathetic Cowboys defense.
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