The Green Bay Packers, who started just three different quarterbacks from September of 1992 through October of 2013, will start their fourth different quarterback of this month on Thursday.
Matt Flynn has been officially named the starter for the Thanksgiving game at Detroit. Scott Tolzien will back Flynn up, and Aaron Rodgers will be inactive for the fourth consecutive game.
Flynn, who replaced an ineffective Tolzien on Sunday against the Vikings, has done all the work with the first-string offense this week. He’s clearly the right choice against the Lions, especially considering that he had a phenomenal game the last time he played against the Lions, at the end of the 2011 season, when he shredded Detroit’s secondary for 480 yards and six touchdowns.
If Flynn can play against the Lions this time the way he did last time, the Packers have a good chance of winning. And putting themselves in great position to be in contention for the NFC North title when Rodgers returns.