Thrust into the starting quarterback slot for the Green Bay Packers with both Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace succumbing to injuries, Scott Tolzien hadn’t been greatly effective. In his first two starts he had thrown for 619 yards, but had just one touchdown pass and five interceptions in two losing efforts to show for it.
Against the Minnesota Vikings in his third start of the 2013 NFL season, Tolzien remained ineffective, despite notching his first rushing touchdown of his career. He completed just seven of his 17 pass attempts for just 98 yards. His lack of production earned him a seat on the bench and put former and now present Packers’ backup QB Matt Flynn under center.
It was the final game of the 2011 season with the Packers that has gotten Flynn several paydays around the league. He’s been ineffective and waived numerous times, but his 480-yard, six touchdown masterpiece with Rodgers resting at the end of that season certainly remains in the memory of Green Bay and their fans.
In week 12 of this year against Minnesota as he took the field for the Pack again, Flynn looked solid in his performance. He avoided being sacked, one of his many issues over the last year and a half, and completed 21 of his 36 attempts for 218 yards and one touchdown. His solid play wasn’t enough to get the Packers the victory, though, as the game ended in a 26-26 tie.
As the Packers look ahead to a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Detroit Lions, you have to believe that Flynn gives them a much better chance at winning than Tolzien. Obviously Green Bay would rather have Rodgers out there, but that’s not an option. Flynn still is a flawed quarterback, but I believe he gives this Packers team the best chance to win given the current situation, which he proved against Minnesota.