With the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers set to meet on Thanksgiving Day, I got together with Lombardi Ave‘s Dan Dahlke for a pregame Q&A.
1) With Matt Flynn likely to get the start, how much confidence does the Packers fanbase have in him?
Flynn cannot make up for the loss of Aaron Rodgers. Frankly, I don’t think anyone can. Having said that, Flynn gives the Packers just as good of a chance to win this week as any other backup quarterback out there. Flynn has had success in Green Bay before, and this gives us some reassurance that Flynn can keep the Packers competitive on Thursday against Detroit. It still may be asking too much of Flynn to expect him to pull off a win on the road after only playing a little over two quarters in the Packers offense this season. Flynn at least gives the Packers a fighting chance. He did dig them out of a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter on Sunday to at least tie the game. Flynn is a decent quarterback that plays smart and shows good poise on the field. He’s the best the Packers got until Rodgers returns.
2) The Lions’ recent struggles have largely come as a result of turning the ball over, yet the Packers are one of the NFL’s worst at creating them. Which team breaks their trend on Thursday?
The Packers secondary has really struggled to take the ball away. They only have three interceptions this year. They’re really missing a playmaker at defensive back, and the players currently at the position have failed to take advantage of opportunities thrown their way. There has been more dropped interceptions this year than in recent memory. We’ve been waiting all season for the Packers defense to have a game where they force multiple turnovers. They failed to do so against turnover-prone QBs, like Eli Manning and Christian Ponder. I am a bit skeptical they’ll have a lot of success against Detroit in this area on Thursday. I’m not counting on Matthew Stafford having another four-interception game, especially against a Packers defense that hasn’t recorded more than one pick in a single game this season.