After a week filled with speculation, the decision has been made. The Oakland Raiders will start veteran Matt Flynn at quarterback against the Washington Redskins in Week 4 according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn will start Sunday against the Washington Redskins, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
On Saturday night, the writing was on the wall for the Raiders as news leaked of Terrelle Pryor being the starter for Sunday’s game. Pryor had always been expected to resume his role as the starter after suffering a concussion in the loss to the Denver Broncos last Monday, but the up-and-coming quarterback may have suffered a setback forcing the coaching staff to make the move to Flynn on Sunday morning.
As a result of getting the nod against the Redskins, Flynn will be making his first start for the Raiders since being acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks during the off-season. Although a career-backup since being drafted out of LSU back in 2008, Flynn has shown signs of promise with some time under center for the Green Bay Packers.
Despite an impressive showing in his last few games with the Packers in the 2011 season, Flynn definitely played his best football in college with LSU leading the storied college football program to a BCS Championship in January of 2008 over Ohio State.
It’ll be interesting to see if Flynn makes an impression in his first start with the team as he’ll be facing one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Redskins are ranked 31st in pass defense giving up 333 passing yards per game.