The Green Bay Packers lost their third straight game yesterday as they fell to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was as close as a must-win game for the Packers as you could get. Now, they are certainly getting into the must-win territory and time is running out.
The loss put the Packers at 5-5. Luckily, the Detroit Lions also lost yesterday and the Packers are still just one game behind both the Lions and Chicago Bears. The Packers will match up against both the Lions and Bears one more time this season. This means the division is still up for grabs.
However, it will not be easy if Aaron Rodgers is still calling plays on the sideline with his sweatshirt on. Rodgers missed his second straight start yesterday and Scott Tolzien was thrown into the starting role.
Tolzien played decently. He threw for 339 yards and hit several big throws down the field. Unfortunately, he also threw three costly interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul with the Packers trailing by just seven in the second half. Tolzien was put into a tough situation yesterday. He only had a week to prepare with the first-team offense but regardless, he made costly mistakes that hurt the Packers.
In my opinion, recently-signed Matt Flynn definitely would have given the team a much better chance of winning this game. Flynn has struggled this year with turnovers and has had major health concerns. But, the Packers would not have signed him if he wasn’t healthy and if this is the case, he knows the offense and could have led this team to a road win.
He has had much more experience playing on the road and has even put the Packers in a situation to win games as a heavy underdog (2010 at New England Patriots).
I am in no way bashing Tolzien. The kid played hard and he definitely gave it his all. But this is the NFL and the only thing that matters is getting that W. Tolzien has thrown five interceptions in just two games this season and if Rodgers is going to miss any more time, Flynn needs to be the guy behind center if the Packers have any hope to keep their season alive.