Flynnsanity takes hold in Green Bay as ‘stache sits

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Updated: November 25, 2013

Green Bay Packers fans will be treated to more shots of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ “Movember” mustache on Thanksgiving Day.

Well, it’s just about official.

Aaron Rodgers will not be starting at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day at the Detroit Lions.

According to local media, head coach Mike McCarthy stated in this afternoon’s press conference that it would be “” for Rodgers to play on Thursday, and that the chances are “slim to none.”

(Cue Dumb and Dumber fans with a rejoinder of “”)

Too soon

None of this is a huge surprise, of course. Rodgers fractured his collarbone on November 4th against the Chicago Bears, just 24 days before Thanksgiving. Normally, the timetable for a fracture recovery is about six weeks.

It’s not out of a lack of desire or toughness that Rodgers is sitting the Thanksgiving Day Classic out. McCarthy made it clear that this week; he’s just not ready to go.

Skeptics will argue that the fracture was just a chip, not a complete break, and point out that Rodgers has reportedly been of late. So it’s quite possible that with his exceptionally quick release, Rodgers could escape the game without further aggravating the injury.

But that is beside the point. Sure, Rodgers might get lucky, but it’s just as possible that he could take a hit that would crack the collarbone and put him out of commission for the rest of the season. His offensive line haven’t exactly proven themselves trustworthy so far.

Vulnerable target

Skeptics will also point out that the Packers desperately need a victory this week, and that Aaron Rodgers gives them the best chance to win.

At 5-5-1 (.500), Green Bay currently sits just half a game behind the Lions (6-5), and they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker to boot. With a win and a Chicago Bears (6-5) loss, the Packers would take over first place in the NFC North.

On the other hand, despite being easily the healthiest team in the division, Detroit hasn’t looked impressive lately. They are fresh off a home loss to the cellar-dwelling Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8), who came up with five turnovers last week, including four interceptions of quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Mike McCarthy might well be thinking that if the Lions can’t overcome the Buccaneers with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon at the helm, there’s no reason to assume they can go toe to toe with the Packers either.

McCarthy also has an ace up his sleeve in recently acquired quarterback Matt Flynn, who lead the Packers from a 13-point deficit to tie the game against the Minnesota Vikings. In one-and-a-half quarters of action, Flynn went 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown.

The last time Flynn got the start for Green Bay, on January 1st, 2012, he shredded a depleted Detroit secondary for 480 yards and six touchdowns (both still franchise records) on 44 attempts en route to a 45-41 win.

And that was without the benefit of the revitalized run game the Packers enjoy this year. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy is coming into his own, having averaged 4.1 yards per carry on the season and accumulated six touchdowns. Against the Vikings, Lacy rushed 25 times for 110 yards (4.4 ypc) and a touchdown.

Flynnsanity ensues

Seeing what Flynn was able to accomplish after coming in “cold,” McCarthy has to feel confident that his offense can compete at Detroit, even with a short week of preparation under their belts.

If Green Bay can pull out a victory on the road, McCarthy can trust Flynn to hold down the fort until Rodgers returns. If they are embarrassed at Ford Field, their season is likely over anyway, since Detroit will hold almost all the tiebreakers, and there will be no point in rushing Rodgers back.

Although it will be disappointing to see Aaron Rodgers sporting his Magnum, P.I. mustache on the sidelines this Thursday, it’s the right move for both Rodgers as a player and the organization as a whole.

Hopefully, Rodgers can coach Flynn to victory as he attempts to beard the Lions in their den.

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Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

2150 comments
TOUCHDOWN DETROIT
TOUCHDOWN DETROIT

Lions 49 Packers 7. Any objections. No. Good.

Next order of business. Larry Warford for OROY and Ansah for DROY

TheMostZeroFucksGivenHorse
TheMostZeroFucksGivenHorse

FLynn will throw for 596 and 7TDS... Creating the ultimate QB competition.  Flynn will win out and TT will then try to trade Rodgers in the off season to the Vikingss and the Vikes win the SUPERBOWL

JVince 11
JVince 11

GOOD MORNING DICKS AND DICK HOLES!!!!

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

normally i have a secondary team i root for to win the superbowl if my favorite team isn't going to make it.  this is one of the few years i don't have a rooting interest in any of the potential playoff teams.  

$50 Fiddy 50$
$50 Fiddy 50$

If there is any race I fell bad for it is the Native Americans, they were ran off of their land and homes. The other races have benefited greatly in this white man's world compared to where they were at.

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

Here's an interesting thought: The 6 seed in the NFC playoffs very well might come down to the final week of the season, when the 49ers travel to Arizona. Who saw that coming?

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

One thing seems pretty clear. The NFCN will have one representative in the playoffs. The division race could be interesting going forward.  It will have more luster if the Bears and Packers get a few players back, but it should be interesting up to the end.

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

 no thank you kind sir for leading me to the light.  

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

 i like the way you twerk it.  

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

 Packers win super bowl still counts. 

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$50 Fiddy 50$

  

By dick hole do you mean the hole in the dick or the hole the dick goes in

curtislivefryer_p
curtislivefryer_p

wouldnt mind seeing the Chiefs go just because I think A.Smith was done wrong

BIGK078
BIGK078

 Yes I actually want most of them to lose

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 

Fuck 'em. Theirs is a sad story, but no more so than any other vanquished race or people. They have their casinos.

Rourke
Rourke

This has been the way of the world ever since there have been humans. One group comes in and kicks the other out. It's what happens.

TOUCHDOWN DETROIT
TOUCHDOWN DETROIT

 The real funny thing is they both could pass Carolina and leave Carolina out in the cold. Come on Saints. Sweeeeeep

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 

I doubt it. SF has a fairly easy schedule going forward. Anything is possible.

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

 if the lions lose on thursday i'm going to fart in a box and mail it to LKP.

JVince 11
JVince 11

  I would then in return tell him how much I frankly don't care.

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

 i can get behind it more for seeing the philly fans cry when andy reid holds that lombardi trophy.  

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$50 Fiddy 50$

  

Dont make it right! But it is the way of the world

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

   

That won't happen.

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

  Arizona has Philadelphia, St. Louis, Tennesse, and Seattle.

San Fran has St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta.

I could see both teams going 3-1 or 2-2 over the next 4.

Rourke
Rourke

Why don't you just mail him your dick in a box and be done with it?

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

  

Interesting. How would you seal the box?

JVince 11
JVince 11

   that might be the single most disgusting gif I have ever seen Horse.

Staffords_Glove™
Staffords_Glove™

  Or you know, just back to 2011....when both teams had a lot of the same players that will be playing Thursday

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

    

Don't forget, all the fire water they can drink.

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

  they don't have to pay taxes.  monopolized casinos and get profit checks and built them housing for free.  at least this has happened in my neck of the woods.  they received a hell of a lot more back than some other races we fucked with.  

$50 Fiddy 50$
$50 Fiddy 50$

  

Plus the Natives traveled here from Europe or Russia didn't they

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

  

AZ is at Philly, at Tennessee, at Seattle, v. Rams and SF. 

They will be lucky to win 2 games, IMO