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Path to Playoffs Lined With Backups

AP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) throws a pass as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Giants Sunday.

Hate the Packers, don’t we?

From Vince Lombardi to Bart Starr to the Ice Bowl to Brett Favre to their cheeseheads, they’re a storied NFL franchise and there’s lots to dislike. But, they’re about to do the Cowboys a big favor.

With Aaron Rodgers still sidelined by that broken collarbone, the Packers are about to limp into AT&T Stadium on a bad wheel known as Matt Flynn. Yep, another backup quarterback.

Don’t look now, Cowboys fans, but if your team doesn’t win the NFC East it will be criminal. Because Lady Luck is definitely on their side, to the tune of facing a backup quarterback in the last five games. Or, at least what at the beginning of the season were afterthought, second-string quarterbacks.

While the Cowboys have the luxury of Tony Romo playing at a high level (27 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions), their opponents for the last month have each provided inferior competition.

Think about it. None of the quarterbacks the Cowboys will face in their final five games were considered starters back in September: Matt McLoin (Raiders). Josh McCown (Bears). Flynn (Packers). Kirk Cousins (Redskins). Nick Foles (Eagles).

Relatively speaking, the Cowboys are enjoying a healthy season. The road to the playoffs is paved with opponents’ injuries. On Sunday even Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy won’t be 100 percent.

Teams are attempting to give the Cowboys a division title. But are they good enough to take it?

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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