Green Bay @ Detroit
Spread: Lions by 6
Green Bay is still without Aaron Rodgers. After weeks of stopgap football, with Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzein at quarterback, the Packers went with an old friend in the second half of last week’s game against the Vikings: Matt Flynn. After entering the game down 20-7, Flynn orchestrated a 16-point turnaround to force overtime. Although the game ended in a tie, the Flynn factor makes the Thanksgiving rendezvous with the Lions that much more interesting.
We’ve seen Flynn perform well in Rodgers’ absence before, including a 480-yard, six-touchdown performance against the Lions back in 2011. I’m not saying we’ll see that again, but Flynn is a certain upgrade over Tolzein and Wallace. Anyone who can step in against a division rival, down by 13, and immediately pick up where he left off a year and a half ago deserves to be taken seriously.