The Green Bay Packers will host the 3-5 Los Angeles Rams this Sunday, and Brett Rypien is ready to step in as the starting quarterback if Matthew Stafford can’t play. Stafford suffered a thumb injury for the Rams in their 43-20 loss on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Matthew Stafford has had a history of injuries throughout his NFL career. Brett Rypien completed 5-of-10 passes for 42 yards against the Cowboys in relief. After the game on Sunday against Dallas, he told the media:
“That’s what you have to do as a backup–You have to be ready to go whenever. Ultimately, it’s tougher when you’re coming in during a game. If he can’t go this week, I’ll be ready to start against Green Bay.”
Rypien will have help in the passing game and also the ground game. He will be getting reps with the ones all week in practice, most likely as long as Matthew Stafford is sidelined with that thumb injury.
The Green Bay Packers Will Be Preparing to Face a Backup Quarterback Starting For the First Time This Season if Brett Rypien Starts for the Los Angeles Rams
Green Bay has not seen a backup quarterback start this season, and this may be the first time it happens. The other two times it has happened was when Kirk Cousins got hurt last week for Minnesota, and Jaren Hall came into the ball game. The other time it happened was in Week 3 when Derek Carr got hurt for the New Orleans Saints, and Jameis Winston came into the ball game, and Green Bay rallied.
Brett Rypien also said about being in the game on Sunday against Dallas and how it can translate into this week against the Packers:
“It was good to get out there and kind of get a feel for the offensive line, communication and being at the line of scrimmage. All the reps are going to help and I’ll continue to get better.”
It helps when Rypien has Sean McVay as his head coach. He may have come into the game last week anyway, even if Stafford didn’t get hurt because it was such a blowout against the Dallas Cowboys. The Green Bay Packers need to find a way to win this week against a backup quarterback, but their defense will find a way to let them down again.