Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn has earned the right to start Thursday when the Packers travel to Detroit. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Matt Flynn is the logical choice to start Thursday for the Green Bay Packers



Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy might be playing games by saying he’s going to prepare two quarterbacks to play when the Packers head to Detroit Thursday to take on the Lions.

And while it might be a good choice to hold off on announcing his starter at this point, it’s even more important to announce that the Packers starting quarter WON’T be Aaron Rodgers. Though Rodgers is champing at the bit to get back out onto the gridiron, it’s best that the Packers sit him one more week.

It makes even more sense that the Packers start Matt Flynn. Though I’ve harped all along that the Packers stick with Tolzien because of consistency, it’s only right to go with Flynn, who came into Sunday’s game and nearly led the Packers to victory over the Minnesota Vikings – settling instead for a tie.

Scott Tolzien
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Flynn substituted for Scott Tolzien who had done nothing after leading the Packers to a touchdown on the team’s first drive of the day. By the time Flynn hit the field at the start of the fourth quarter, Packers fans had been sitting on their hands long enough. They needed something to cheer about as the Lambeau Field faithful watched the 2-8 Minnesota Vikings take a 23-7 lead.

All was not well in Mudville.

Flynn was the recipe that got the team going, leading the Packers to two touchdowns and a field goal in regulation and another field goal in overtime.

Though Flynn and the Packers couldn’t finish in overtime, he did provide hope for the team. His 21-of-36. 218-yard, 1 touchdown performance earned Flynn the right to start against the Lions. And while McCarthy might be saying he’s preparing two quarterbacks to play Sunday, it will be Flynn who will get the most reps.

The Packers, who find themselves only one-half game behind in the NFC North Division standings, still hold destiny in their own hands. This is the point in the season when the only thing a team can do to win a division is win out. The Packers have dug their own hole the past month – now it’s time to dig themselves out.

Flynn can help the cause Thursday by beating a beatable Lions team to set the table for Aaron Rodgers to lead the team the rest of the way through December.

This is when wins make a difference.

Now if the Packers defense can pull their collective heads out of their backsides, this team could still find itself and right the ship.

It gets started on Thursday.

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