A Cowboys vs Packers game is on the schedule this Sunday, according to the official Dallas Cowboys website. At 3:25 p.m. locally, the Green Bay Packers will be hosting Dallas at the history Lambeau Field. The two teams are sitting on the opposite ends of the NFL spectrum right now. Cowboys have won four games and lost eight, while the Packers have won eight games and lost four. Normally, a game like that would not have playoffs implications for both teams. However, this is not a typical season. With the NFC East being the worst in the league, Dallas is surprisingly just one game out of first place and a playoffs spot.
Odds makers in Las Vegas have the Green Bay Packers favored by five points. Don’t bother telling that to the Dallas Cowboys or their fans. The Cowboys are riding a wave of momentum after beating the Washington Redskins last week to throw the NFC East into a frenzy. Dallas still believes that they can make the NFL Playoffs this season even with starting quarterback Tony Romo on the sidelines with his second collarbone injury of the year. The Packers are considered the toughest game left for the Cowboys this season, so Dallas should be especially hyped for the match up.
For the past week, the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff has been scheming for Aaron Rodgers. It’s hard to get a lot of sleep when your defense has to figure out how to slow down one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers have struggled as of late because their wide receivers have not been doing their part, but it is not a wise idea to underestimate Rodgers. The Cowboys have been blitzing more, so do not be surprised if their defensive coordinator tries to keep Dallas in the game by putting constant pressure on Aaron.
In the NFL, the fifth best passing defense belongs to the Dallas Cowboys. They’re going to need every bit of that if they want to slow down Aaron Rodgers. Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears are the only four teams that beat the Green Bay Packers this season. They did it by containing a wide receiving unit that is severely missing the play-making abilities of Jordy Nelson, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and rookie Byron Jones will be need to have a good day for the Cowboys to walk away with a victory.
Aaron Rodgers is not the only quarterback that the Dallas Cowboys need to worry about this weekend. Matt Cassel is going to be instrumental in the outcome of the game. While he will never be Tony Romo, the former USC Trojans star needs to produce something with the passing game so that the Green Bay Packers do not focus on the ground game. Fortunately for Cassel, the Packers defense is ranked 19th and does not force a ton of turnovers. Matt threw zero interceptions in the victory over the Washington Redskins.
While they won’t be mathematically eliminated from the NFL Playoffs if they lose to the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys desperately need this victory on Sunday. If the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Buffalo Bills respectively, then the Cowboys move into a four-way tie for first place in the NFC East. Combine that with the confidence boost that comes with beating Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and the Cowboys might have enough momentum to run away with the division.
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