Who Gives Packers Best Chance to Beat Lions: Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn?

Sean ODonnellContributor IIINovember 25, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers passes the ball against the Minnesota Vikings defense at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers were able to overcome a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter in Week 12 to tie the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 26-26. Scott Tolzien started the game but delivered a lackluster performance. Newly acquired quarterback Matt Flynn was able to save the day and keep the Packers in the hunt for the NFC North crown.

Even though Tolzien was able to find some success in recent weeks, the play of Flynn must be considered when asking: Who should start for the Packers when they face the Detroit Lions this week?

This upcoming game has huge ramifications for the Packers. The race for the division is extremely close:

NFC North Standings Through Week 12

With only a half-game separating the Packers from first place in the division, they must ensure they start the quarterback who gives them the best possible chance of success.

With starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely out on Thursday, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, which of these two quarterbacks should be at the helm?

According to head coach Mike McCarthy, that would be Flynn. During an interview with Tom Pelissero of USA TodayMcCarthy stated that Flynn "deserves to start." 

McCarthy is exactly right.

Despite Tolzien's decent play after being thrown into the fire, he simply lacks the confidence and experience of Flynn in this Packers offense.

Tolzien was able to pull off a remarkable spinning touchdown run early against the Vikings last week. However, he was pulled due to a horrible stat line as a passer. Tolzien was only able to complete seven of 17 passing attempts for 98 yards and a passer rating of just 60.4.

In relief, Flynn was able to bring the team back into the game by completing 21 of 36 passing attempts for 218 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 85.2.

Despite only being back with the Packers for a short time, Flynn was capable of digesting the offensive scheme, creating timing with his wide receivers and finding enough confidence to create success.

These days, it can be common for a head coach to go with the quarterback who currently has a "hot hand." At this point, that would absolutely be Flynn.

Even though he has become a journeyman quarterback, Flynn has been able to find success as a spot starter for the Packers on multiple occasions. Clearly, he has a high comfort level with the way the offense is run—a very important aspect for any quarterback.

If the Packers are to maintain their position as a candidate to emerge victorious in the NFC North, it is Flynn who must take the reins until Rodgers is healthy and back under center.