Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has ruled out starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the Thanksgiving showdown against the Detroit Lions. The good news is that he has announced Matt Flynn will be the starter, which means the Packers can expect a win on Thursday.
Why am I so confident? Is it because Flynn tore apart Detroit the last time he made a start for Green Bay? His franchise-record 480 passing yards and six touchdowns against the Lions on Jan. 1, 2012 certainly gives many confidence that he will be able to tear apart Detroit. However, it would be foolish to think that is the sole reason Green Bay will get the victory considering that game was two seasons ago against a completely different roster.
The reason I’m personally confident in Flynn getting the Packers a win is because he has shown the ability to thrive in Green Bay’s offense. For whatever reason, he gets it. It could be the amount of time he’s been around the offense or it might the personnel that he associates with on the team. Either way, Flynn enjoys playing quarterback for the Packers.
More importantly, Flynn can put up big time yardage, which directly leads to an abundance of points. He tossed for 218 passing yards and one touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings after he entered the game with 8:22 left in the third quarter. If it wasn’t for McCarthy’s conservative play calling, I’m confident he would have got the win.
His numbers are expected to jump, as he will be playing a Detroit defense that has given up 276.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 28th in the league. The Lions struggle against the pass and Flynn knows the defense well. Without a doubt, it will serve to be an exciting matchup.
Flynn is the main reason why the Packers will emerge victorious on Turkey Day. However, it can’t be all up to him. I fully expect the entire team to take advantage of the great opportunity and get a win so that Green Bay can hopefully have a share of first place in the division in time for when Rodgers returns on Dec. 8.