SEATTLE (AP) -- Matt Flynn came to Seattle to be the starting quarterback, optimistic he would be leading the Seahawks against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, in Week 3 of the season.

The only way he'll get a chance to play against the Packers on Monday night is if the rookie who beat him out for the job, Russell Wilson, is injured or ineffective.

Flynn signed as a free agent with Seattle because he knew his chance to start would never come in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers at the controls. He signed with the Seahawks, but coach Pete Carroll chose Wilson after the third-round draft pick had a dynamic preseason.

Flynn spent the week in practice impersonating his friend and former teammate who he keeps in touch with regularly. Rodgers believed that when Flynn signed with Seattle, it would for sure be his buddy playing against him.

Enter Wilson, who Packers fans are also quite familiar with after he led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl a season ago. And despite spending just one year in the state, he got quite familiar with what Rodgers and the Packers mean.

One player Wilson hopes he doesn't get too familiar with is Green Bay's Clay Matthews, who leads the NFL with six sacks.

Making sure Matthews stays off Wilson's back will be a critical factor for Seattle.

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