Matt Flynn gets his first start for the Packers since the 2011 Week 17 game that established Flynn as a sought-after free agent quarterback that would go on to lose his job to Russell Wilson and Terrelle Pryor before even getting to perform it himself.
The Lions are aware of their part in creating the NFL’s Baxter. Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy told the media, “We got him paid, and I don’t know what his career’s done since then, but he’s obviously a capable quarterback.” That last part remains to be seen, but it’s probably a bad idea for a Lions player to badmouth Flynn before the game in case he winds up with a six-touchdown outing that earns him the starting job in Jacksonville next season.
Packers guard Josh Sitton made sure to stoke the holiday hatred this week by calling the Lions defense a bunch of scumbags who cheap shot quarterbacks to knock them out of games. That’s a handy quote in you’re intent on following Grantland’s 13-point guide on writing a hit piece on Ndamukong Suh. And since Rodgers is already hurt, he doesn’t have to worry about defenders taking it personally and knocking him back out.
When Aaron Rodgers went down at the beginning of the month, it seemed to be a perfect opening for the Lions to capitalize and take control of the division. While the Packers have yet to win since Rodgers injured his collarbone, the Lions haven’t exactly put a lot of distance between them and their division rivals. Detroit lost two in a row to teams with losing records. If the Lions are actually gonna take the NFC North, they’ll need a win today, especially with a road game in Philadelphia coming up next week.
And, in case you missed the Patron Saint’s appearance in the Macy’s parade, here he with with the no. 1 most thankfur leceivel.