The Green Bay Packers quarterback situation is still undecided this week as we head into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and every Packers game places everything on the line. Eddie Lacy is all-systems-go this week and there is still a small sliver of hope that Randall Cobb is able to return, but it looks like both Cobb and Aaron Rodgers will be out this week. Rodgers was once expected to return this week, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported yesterday that the Packers are not expected to have Rodgers this week. The team doctor is still playing things cautiously with the team’s franchise player, and all indications at practice are that Matt Flynn will play; he’s still getting the clear majority of the reps.
Well-respected beat writer Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that it “certainly looks like” Flynn will start for the Packers this week, and he is basing this opinion on what he’s seen so far at Packers practice. It’s an observation that falls in line with everything we’ve been hearing this week, and it would be a surprise for the Packers to suddenly clear and turn to Rodgers this week. They are hoping that they can get by the Steelers this week and then have Rodgers out there for an all-important rivalry battle to finish the season against the Chicago Bears. They originally injured Rodgers, so it would be fitting for the Packers to win this week and have Rodgers healthy in Week 17 to return in a revenge game with everything on the line.
Although I think the Packers will get by the Steelers this week, this game should be a nail-biter. Flynn has done an admirable job starting for Rodgers, and he has done an amazing job of bouncing back. He was horrible in his first two starts, but he was amazing against the Atlanta Falcons weak defense and absolutely tore up the Dallas Cowboys last week to spearhead an improbable comeback (he also bounced back from a bad first half to put forth a dominant second half to create that comeback).
Expect a heavy dose of Eddie Lacy again this week, but Flynn will almost have to be at least solid in order for the Packers to defeat Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.