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Matt Flynn among NFC players of the week

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For a backup who only played because the Packers wanted to give Aaron Rodgers the day off, Matt Flynn did pretty well for himself on Sunday.

Flynn was named the NFC offensive player of the week (joining defensive player of the week Curtis Lofton of the Falcons and special teams player of the week David Akers of the 49ers) for his record-breaking performance against the Lions.

Flynn completed 31 of 44 passes for 480 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, setting single-game franchise records for passing yards and touchdowns and producing numbers that exceeded anything Rodgers (or Brett Favre or Bart Starr or anyone else) ever produced in a Packers uniform. Only three other players in NFL history have had 475 yards and six touchdowns in a game, and they’re all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Y.A. Tittle, Joe Namath and Joe Montana.

With Flynn’s showing coming a week after Rodgers threw for five touchdowns against the Bears, the Packers are the first team ever to have different quarterbacks throw for five touchdowns in back-to-back weeks.

Flynn, who also had a solid game in his only other career start, in 2010 against the Patriots, is just the third player since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to throw for at least three touchdowns in both of his first two starts. The other two are Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.

Lofton won his defensive player of the week award for registering 14 tackles and a 26-yard interception-return for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 45-24 win over the Buccaneers. Lofton concluded his third straight season as the Falcons’ leading tackler.

Akers won his special teams player of the week award for making two field goals and four extra points on top of his 14-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal. With 166 points this season, Akers had the highest-scoring season for a kicker in NFL history.

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25 Responses to “Matt Flynn among NFC players of the week”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:05 PM

    With John Schneider now in Seattle, and QB the biggest need on the roster, my only question is “How much will Flynn cost?”

    If the Packers are smart, they’ll arrange a franchise tag deal where Flynn signs the tender and is then traded. New England did this with Cassell and got a second-round pick. The Packers could easily do the same with Flynn.

    If they don’t franchise him, Seattle will probably be more than happy to sign him as a free agent.

  2. tashkalucy says: Jan 4, 2012 4:06 PM

    Bidding is going to be high on this guy.

    At least half-a-dozen needy QB teams should find him attractive – starting with Seattle, Miami, Washington and Cleveland.

    Other then Luck, this guy is a better bet. He know the West Coast Offense. He knows how to read NFL defenses.

    And he’s robably cheaper then trying to pay to trade up for a QB.

  3. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 4:21 PM

    This reminds me of the Hasselback situation when he was traded from the Packers to the Seahawks.

    Packers traded their first and Hass for the Seahawks first (moving up about 15 spots or so). Though the Packers eventually drated Jamal Reynolds with the pick, it was a good trade for Seattle. I believe he was either the 12th overall pick or the 10th.. can’t quite remember which one it was.

    With the Packers likely having a late pick, I see this working out just like that trade… only hope the Packers draft someone better than Jamal Reynolds with it!

  4. nineroutsider says: Jan 4, 2012 4:32 PM

    Interested in seeing what becomes of Flynn, if he is the real deal or a bust. He doesn’t smell like a Kolb or Feely type bust as I wasn’t impressed with those guys when they were with the birds, but you never know. Flynn does impress me as he looked really good last year too. Before this season, I was hoping Harbaugh would trade for him.

    Someone will pay a big ransom for a 2 game starter, will they become instant winners or go into a deep freeze? Cleveland will be all over him I suspect…

    How about Akers? The guy has been awesome! Special thanks to the Eagles…

  5. t8ertot says: Jan 4, 2012 4:32 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t half of his stats on garbage defense? Seems like they should have an asterisk if Detroit’s starters were sitting.

  6. wheresmyjuice says: Jan 4, 2012 4:35 PM

    I love how Flynn comes out of “nowhere” this week to the national media, but he’s been considered a benched stud in local circles for some time now.

    Reminds me a lot of the Brunell or Hasselbeck backup days w/ Favre.

    This guy’s legit though. He’ll be a great addition to whatever team grabs him.

  7. jasku880 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    Every game he played, either as only playing from 4th qt or 3rd in one game (since packers were so dominating) or starting, this guys has potential. Unlike the dummies who sign and wasted hard earn fans money on Kevin Kolb , Matt Cassel, and Travis Jackson. This kid is the real deal. Seriously you didnt have to be an nfl scout to see those 3 qbs fail. Good luck Flynn!

  8. stavreafavre says: Jan 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    That idiot Ted Thompson – letting Bret go! What do you have to say now Thompson?!?

  9. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 4, 2012 4:47 PM

    The packers will let Flynn go and take the compensatory draft pick (which is bound to be pretty big) because it’s more important to franchise Finley. But I think other teams will find that Flynn will be a lot like cassel and kolb after they were traded.

  10. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:59 PM

    Flynn is an NFL QB that you can start building around him and adding the correct pieces. The guy can read defenses and gets the ball out quick.

    Are you listening Pete Carroll and John Schneider??

  11. theytukrjobs says: Jan 4, 2012 5:05 PM

    If Flynn really is on par with Rodgers, then the packers should trade Rodgers away for a kings ransom. I’m being serious. As a Vikings fan I would say if Flynn can actually play like that consistently that the packers would be unstoppable in the division for years to come if they trade rodgers away for likely 3 or 4 1st rounders.

    In the new agreement, draft picks are like gold. Trading away rodgers would allow the packers to draft elite players for the defense while also having enough cash left over to resign their offense.

    But fortunately for me, they won’t do it. They’ll get a 2nd rounder for Flynn and hopefully rodgers gets injured and they start to implode.

  12. billh1947 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    t8ertot,Flynn didnt set the Packers record Sunday by playing against Detroits reserves,he did it against Suh and the rest of his starting playmates on defense,the Pats last year had their regs in when Flynn lit them up and nearly pulled the upset,he is the real deal and some team is about to get a winner at qb.

  13. theawkwardyears says: Jan 4, 2012 5:13 PM

    As a Packers fan I think you should trade Harvin and Peterson to the Pack for Charlie Peprah and a bag of chips…..

    That’s the difference between us.

    Doesn’t anyone remember when Brady went down and Cassell lit everyone up? This Flynn is on par with Rodgers stuff is hysterical.

    “theytukrjobs says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:05 PM
    If Flynn really is on par with Rodgers, then the packers should trade Rodgers away for a kings ransom. I’m being serious. As a Vikings fan I would say if Flynn can actually play like that consistently that the packers would be unstoppable in the division for years to come if they trade rodgers away for likely 3 or 4 1st rounders.

  14. green1bay says: Jan 4, 2012 5:31 PM

    theytukrjobs says: Jan 4, 2012 5:05 PM

    If Flynn really is on par with Rodgers, then the packers should trade Rodgers away for a kings ransom. I’m being serious. As a Vikings fan I would say if Flynn can actually play like that consistently that the packers would be unstoppable in the division for years to come if they trade rodgers away for likely 3 or 4 1st rounders.
    ______________________

    Do people actually think before they speak? Trade Aaron? Why? Because Matt has played two good games? I mean, he’s nice but trade Aaron? A MVP, superbowl MVP and champion. Let’s use some logic and common sense.

    If Derek Rose misses two months and the back up averages a triple double, do you trade rose from the bulls? No. That’s why teams have back ups. They practice hard with the team and know the plays. Green Bay is not a system team, hell the Colts qb didn’t do anything.

  15. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:47 PM

    Winn With Flynn

  16. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 5:47 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:05 PM
    If Flynn really is on par with Rodgers, then the packers should trade Rodgers away for a kings ransom. I’m being serious. As a Vikings fan I would say if Flynn can actually play like that consistently that the packers would be unstoppable in the division for years to come if they trade rodgers away for likely 3 or 4 1st rounders.
    ———————————————————
    And you wonder why you’re unemployed! Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, not even if a perennial losing team like the Browns offered their next 10 first rounders. The Vikings, Bears and Lions could each throw in 2 more of their own first rounders just to get him out of the division and Thompson would still likely hang up laughing.

    There are numerous first round busts every year. There are not numerous NFL and Super Bowl MVP’s evey year.

  17. johnnyshore says: Jan 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    Flynn is the next Kevin Kolb. Mediocre at best, and some team will make the mistake of believing he is anything but a system quarterback.

  18. max20characters says: Jan 4, 2012 6:31 PM

    Among?! This guy did something Brett Favre couldn’t even surpass! Cmon now, give credit when credit is due.

  19. gregm5s7 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:32 PM

    Chiefs overpaid for Cassel, who is average but isn’t terrible.

    Tavaris actually worked out much better than I thought in Seattle, especially sans-Sidney Rice.

    I thought the Eagles really fleeced the Cardinals on that trade, although DRC really wasn’t “as advertised”

    I don’t know, I really believe in Flynn though. He is decisive, works his tail off, and will stand in the pocket and deliver.

  20. childressrulz says: Jan 4, 2012 7:21 PM

    t8ertot says: Jan 4, 2012 4:32 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t half of his stats on garbage defense? Seems like they should have an asterisk if Detroit’s starters were sitting.
    _________________________
    You stand corrected. Detroit was playing it’s starters. Not that it means much with Detroit being one of the worst playoff teams in NFL history.

  21. 1historian says: Jan 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    Don’t forget that Flynn was a 7th rounder who was coached up.

    Don’t forget that Brady was a 6th rounder who was coached up.

    Don’t forget that Unitas was a 9th rounder who was cut by his first team and then picked up to be a backup and then coached up.

    Don’t forget that Cassell hadn’t started a game since High School but the Pats chose him in the 7th round and then coached him up so he was ready when Brady went down.

    If Flynn has smarts, which I think he does, and if he wants to WIN, which I think he does, money will not be the deciding factor when he chooses his next team. There will be PLENTY of money no matter where he goes.

  22. warvette says: Jan 4, 2012 8:23 PM

    brunnell, aaron brooks, detmer, kurt warner, doug peterson, halfasselbeck, now flynn. who else can produce qb’s that so many other teams covet? it’s almost like the packers know something other teams don’t…

  23. stellarperformance says: Jan 5, 2012 9:25 PM

    When you watch this guy, it’s hard not to think he will only get better. Self-confidence is huge and it took Rodgers a while to get it. This guy will get it too and then look out.

  24. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2012 6:53 AM

    warvette says:Jan 4, 2012 8:23 PM

    brunnell, aaron brooks, detmer, kurt warner, doug peterson, halfasselbeck, now flynn. who else can produce qb’s that so many other teams covet? it’s almost like the packers know something other teams don’t…
    =================

    They do. They know to take a QB somewhere in the draft every year. Ron Wolfe had this strategy and it most certainly pays off.

  25. the1849ers says: Jan 6, 2012 7:11 AM

    Akers threw a TD and kicked his own extra point. Love it

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