Football fans are still talking about Green Bay’s stunning comeback victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. While the focus is rightfully on Dallas giving the game away to a woefully inferior squad, praise must be directed towards Matt Flynn, who continues to inspire the talent-starved Pack with his leadership and lack of off-field distractions. With Money Matt at the helm, Green Bay finds itself controlling its own playoff destiny, a scenario that seemed impossible mere weeks ago.
To be sure, much credit goes to the Detroit Lions, who might actually be more poorly coached than Green Bay, and the rash of injuries that have befallen the Chicago Bears. Without that, we’d be speculating about the Packers finally finding a long-term answer at quarterback as they played out the string yet again. Thanks to Money Matt, though, even the most jaundiced observer has to admit this team is stirring the echoes of legendary Green-and-Gold squads led by the likes of Bart Starr and former Vikings great Brett Favre.
Storm clouds are on the horizon, though, in the person of one Aaron “Hollywood” Rodgers. The undersized signal-caller, sidelined with an injured collarbone and what one assumes is a series of table reads for an untitled David Caruso project at NBC, has no doubt noticed what Money Matt is doing for “his” team, and the pint-sized diva can’t be happy about it. He’s invested a lot of time and energy in driving his quarterbacking rivals out of town, time and energy that could have been spent pitching exciting new soda concepts for Pepsi. And now Money Matt, his first conquest, comes back and blocks his shine? Rodgers has to hopping-out-of-his-shoe-lifts mad.
So, with Green Bay’s improbable playoff run dependent on winning out, will the Margo Channing of the Fox River Valley willingly cede the spotlight to his Eve Harrington? Yeah, right. One can only imagine the whisper campaign being waged by Rodgers in the training complex and the offices of Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson. Even if it proves ineffective, one has to think the poisonous effects on team morale will prove deleterious to Money Matt and his plucky underdogs.
This Sunday, the Pack tangles with the Steelers at Daunte’s House. Will Money Matt keep the dream alive? Will Rodgers shove him aside for one more failed shot at glory? In an increasingly lost season, one can hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.