The Quarterbacks: Drive-By-Drive

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien will settle their duel when they lead Green Bay's offense vs. the Chiefs on Thursday night.

Aaron Rodgers didn’t take any first-team reps at practice this week, signaling that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy will let Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien decide their battle against Kansas City on Thursday.

Plenty is at stake. The winner of the duel will be the No. 2 quarterback. The loser might be out of a job by Saturday afternoon.

“Matt and Scott aren’t just competing against each other,” McCarthy said. “This goes back to the way we’ve always picked the team. You have to keep your best players. They are really competing against the other positions and that’s really what it will come down to.”

During his midday news conference on Tuesday, McCarthy said he hadn’t decided on how he’d split up the playing time

“We wouldn’t do it series by series,” he said. “I’m not a fan of (switching) every series. Playing quarterback is obviously a demanding position. You have to give the quarterbacks an opportunity to create rhythm and flow. So, to the minimum, I think they would play at least one quarter before you switch.”

The coaches want to give Flynn more opportunities. McCarthy said Flynn had taken 10 fewer snaps in the games. In the victory at St. Louis, Flynn threw just three passes compared to 15 for Tolzien. Moreover, Flynn lost out on some big-play chances last week against Oakland.

“Matt had a couple chances on third down to make some plays and we had some false starts,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. “Those are the ones where you go, ‘OK, I can’t wait to see this.’ His opportunities maybe were more limited than Scott’s. They’ve both had very strong camps and really proud of both of them for battling.”

Here is a look at what the Packers’ quarterbacks have accomplished in the preseason.

Aaron Rodgers

STATS: 20-of-33 (60.6 percent), 267 yards (8.1 per attempt), three touchdowns, no interceptions, 116.6 rating.

DRIVES

AT TENNESSEE

Did not play.

AT ST. LOUIS

Touchdown (six first downs)

Field goal (four first downs)

OAKLAND

Touchdown (four first downs)

Punt (one first down)

Punt (zero first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

Touchdown (three first downs)

Touchdown (six first downs)

THREE-GAME TOTAL

Eight drives: four touchdowns, one field goal, three punts.

Points per possession: 4.0.

Matt Flynn

STATS: 11-of-23 (47.8 percent), 130 yards (5.7 per attempt), one touchdown, one interception, 61.9 rating.

DRIVES

AT TENNESSEE

Touchdown (four first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

Punt (one first down)

Punt (zero first downs)

Punt (three first downs)

AT ST. LOUIS

Touchdown (one first down)

Field goal (three first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

OAKLAND

Punt (zero first downs)

Interception (zero first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

Field goal (three first downs)

THREE-GAME TOTAL

12 possessions: two touchdowns, two field goals, seven punts, one interception.

Points per possession: 1.75.

Scott Tolzien

STATS: 26-of-38 (68.4 percent), 338 yards (8.9 per attempt), one touchdown, no interceptions, 104.9 rating.

DRIVES

AT TENNESSEE

End of half (three first downs)

Touchdown (three first downs)

Turnover on downs (four first downs)

AT ST. LOUIS

Punt (two first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

Fumble (one first down)

Turnover on downs (five first downs)

OAKLAND

Touchdown (five first downs)

Missed field goal (two first downs)

Punt (zero first downs)

End of game (zero first downs; discarded from our breakdown)

THREE-GAME TOTAL

11 possessions: two touchdowns, four punts, two turnovers on down, one end-of-half, one missed field goal, one fumble.

Points per possession: 1.09.


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