In a season full of injuries and strange scenarios for the Green Bay Packers, I figured I would go out on a limb in this week’s edition of my pick to click and make an extremely bold prediction.
The Packers will be without quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the second straight week, and backup Scott Tolzien has been given the nod to start against the New York Giants in a battle at MetLife Stadium tomorrow afternoon. However, Tolzien isn’t my pick to click. Matt Flynn gets that label.
When the Packers signed Flynn earlier in the week, I figured he would be put into the starting role right away. He knows the system well and already has a good connection with receiver like Jordy Nelson and James Jones. The one question mark was Flynn’s health. The Packers would not have signed Flynn if he weren’t healthy enough to help them. So, once he put his John Hancock on the contract offer, he proved to the organization that he is good to go.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said Flynn looked good in practice and he is getting back into the swing of things with the offensive playbook. I believe his good practice habits and his knowledge of the playbook will allow him to be successful on Sunday.
Some of you may read this and say, “How will he be successful if he doesn’t start?” That is a valid question. And this is where my bold prediction comes into play. I believe that Tolzien will do a decent job as the starter. However, I don’t think he will make enough big plays to win. With the Packers trailing at halftime, McCarthy will make the switch to Flynn and he will produce just as they expected.
Flynn will have a solid second half and he will lead the Packers to a come-from-behind victory on the road. This may be wishful thinking on my behalf but in a season that has been so unpredictable, it’s worth a shot!
Final projections for Flynn: 13-of-21, 200 yards, one TD