Green Bay Packers' Passing Game Should Still Flourish Despite Missing Aaron Rodgers in Week 15

By Ryan Wenzell
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It looks as if Aaron Rodgers won’t be able to go on Sunday afternoon. While the Dallas Cowboys catch a huge break, they shouldn’t get too complacent. The Cowboys’ passing defense has been an absolute sieve this season.

We all saw what a backup quarterback in Josh McCown did to this sorry group. He completely shredded them for over 400 yards passing and five total touchdowns. Green Back Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn is certainly capable of a similar performance. While he has struggled since his original stint with the Packers, he has had some mega games.

Perhaps the performance he is most well-known for was his monster outing against the Detroit Lions. He set Packers franchise records that still stand today with 480 passing yards and a whopping six touchdown passes.

The Lions, much like the Cowboys this season, had a terrible defense, and specifically secondary that season. Could we see a repeat of history on Sunday? It is certainly possible. The Cowboys’ corners and safeties have simply been woeful in coverage. Veteran corner Brandon Carr has perhaps been the only player on the back end who has been a bit above average.

Flynn certainly has enough weapons at his disposal. Jordy Nelson is a physical receiver who can beat teams deep. He’s had another banner year with over 1,000 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. The Pack are loaded at receiver. Guys like James Jones, Jarrett Boykin and a possibly-returning Randall Cobb can make teams pay if defenses don’t account for them.

Of course, they could also gash the pathetic 28th ranked Cowboys’ rush defense on the ground with the bruising Eddie Lacy. Not having Rodgers certainly hurts. However, I believe even in his absence, this Packers’ offense will shred a woeful Cowboys’ defensive unit on the ground and through the air.

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