left, Green Bay Packers' Scott Tolzien (16) sits with
quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, and Matt Flynn, right, on
the bench during the second quarter of an NFL football game
against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Nov.
Texas - Matt Flynn is the backup trying to keep Green Bay in playoff
contention until the franchise quarterback returns.
he fills in for Aaron Rodgers again Sunday at Dallas, the Packers
will be using a formula that just worked pretty well against the
(7-6) is out of first place in the NFC East and in danger of losing
control of its postseason fate because Chicago backup Josh McCown,
filling in for Jay Cutler, had four touchdown passes and ran for
another score in a 45-28 win Monday night.
Packers (6-6-1) are still alive in the NFC North, a half-game behind
the Bears and Detroit, after Flynn directed three second-half drives
to points in a 22-21 comeback victory over Atlanta. It was Green
Bay's first win since Rodgers broke his left collarbone early in a
loss to the Bears on Nov. 4.
have a win like that, hopefully it gives you a little
momentum," said Flynn, who made his second start after
rejoining the Packers as a free agent following the Rodgers injury.
"Hopefully it gives you an extra little bit of juice in your
step at practice and helps you prepare a little bit better."
Cowboys safety Barry Church (42) tackles Chicago Bears tight
end Martellus Bennett (83) during the first half of an NFL
football game Dec. 9th in Chicago.
question all week was whether Flynn was preparing as the starter.
That's never really been a question for him.
not fair to myself, my teammates or anyone else if I don't prepare
like I'm going to take the first snap Sunday," Flynn said.
"If they tell me Aaron's playing today, tomorrow, whenever it
is, that's part of the job, that's part of the gig."
job for the Cowboys is putting another brutal defensive game behind
them. Dallas gave up a franchise-record 625 yards in a 49-17 loss at
New Orleans before the bye week, and bounced back with consecutive
wins to get two games over .500 for the first time this season.
the Cowboys must recover from allowing the Bears to score on their
first eight possessions. They're the fifth team to do that since
1991, and none of the previous four had a winning record. Three of
those teams had five wins combined.
just got to try our hardest to put it behind us ... because we've
got a great team coming up that likes to chuck the ball around a
lot," safety Barry Church said. "As a member of the back
end, we've just got to be focused on the task at hand, and that's
things to consider as the Packers try to beat the Cowboys on the
road for the first time since 1989:
MEMORIES: Green Bay is playing at the $1.2 billion home of the
Cowboys for the first time since beating Pittsburgh there in the
February 2011 Super Bowl. Rodgers was the MVP of that game, and
Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.
was obviously a great time and a great memory for all of us in Green
Bay," coach Mike McCarthy said.
stadium's opening in 2009 eliminated a bad memory for Green Bay. The
Packers lost their last nine at now-demolished Texas Stadium,
including seven straight from 1993-96. Three of the games in that
short span were in the playoffs.
AND COMPANY: Tony Romo, the Dallas franchise leader in 300-yard
games, has gone four straight without reaching 250 yards passing. He
had 104 against Chicago, the fewest in a full game in his career.
Part of it was an effective running game, and part of it was a
defense that couldn't get Chicago off the field. And Romo did have
three touchdown passes against the Bears. Dez Bryant had one of
those scores, but just 12 yards receiving, the fewest since his
rookie season in 2010.
think as much as anything else it was a question of limited
opportunities," coach Jason Garrett said.
MOMENTUM: While the Cowboys are trying to forget their last
defensive game, the Packers wouldn't mind repeating theirs. They've
cleaned up their problem with missed tackles and started forcing
turnovers again. The run defense regained its early-season form
against Atlanta, thanks in part to lineman Johnny Jolly, who is
playing in Texas for the first time since spending six months in
prison in his home state on a drug conviction.
we want to go out there and be disciplined, be smart, not have many
missed tackles," Jolly said.
THE RUN: The Cowboys lost for the first time when DeMarco Murray
had a 100-yard rushing game. He had 99 yards at halftime against the
Bears and finished with 146, the third-best total of his career. He
needs 157 yards in the last three games for his first 1,000-yard
season. "I don't know where the yards are. I'm just worried
about victories," Murray said.
Lacy set a Packers rookie record with his seventh TD rushing against
the Falcons, but he wasn't expected to practice before Friday
because of an ankle injury.
KIFFIN: Twice in the last month, Dallas owner Jerry Jones has
said he wouldn't want anyone other than 73-year-old defensive
coordinator Monte Kiffin fixing the issues stemming from an
embarrassing defensive performance. But the problems keep cropping
up, which keeps raising questions about whether Kiffin should be
really thought about that," Kiffin said. "I would say that
would be kind of like a player, 'Let's throw in the towel.' Like
telling your players, 'Don't play that hard anymore. Let's give it
up.' It ain't happening."