We all know how the last game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field ended. There’s no need to re-hash Dez Bryant ‘s overturned catch, especially because there is so much new to talk about with these Cowboys.
Ezekiel Elliott is off to a record-setting start, leading the NFL in rushing through five weeks after becoming the first Cowboys rookie to run for 100-plus yards in three straight games and the third rookie ever to run for 130-plus yards in three straight games. The offensive line is mauling everyone in sight to clear the way for Zeke and give fellow rookie sensation Dak Prescott time to scan the field and find open receivers — whether Bryant has been on the field or not (he’s sat the last two games with a hairline fracture in his knee).
The Packers enter this game at 3-1, a half-game behind Dallas by virtue of having already taken their bye, but with the exception of a blistering performance against the Detroit Lions , the Green Bay offense has not hummed at its usual efficiency.
Aaron Rodgers has a career-low 56.1 completion percentage and is averaging only 6.3 yards per attempt. His biggest issue has been passing under pressure. Per Pro Football Focus, Rodgers has completed only nine of 32 passes when pressured this season, for 134 yards, a touchdown and an interception. From a clean pocket, he’s 69 of 107 for 742 yards, eight touchdowns, and two picks. Luckily for the Packers, they’re going up against a Cowboys defense that has pressured the quarterback on only 27.6 percent of dropbacks this season, the fifth-lowest mark in the NFL.
Can the Cowboys run against the stout Green Bay defense? Can the Packers keep Rodgers’ pocket clean so he can attempt to pick apart what has been a surprisingly effective Dallas secondary? We’ll find out on Sunday.
How to Watch
What: Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers
When: Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Sunday Ticket: DirecTV
Live Stream: Watch NFL HD Stream Here
Odds: The Packers are 4-point favorites, according to SportsLine
S Chris Banjo (Hamstring) — Out
TE Jared Cook (Ankle) — Out
RB Eddie Lacy (Ankle) — Questionable
CB Damarious Randall (Groin) — Questionable
CB Sam Shields (Concussion) — Out
RB James Starks (Knee) — Questionable
K Dan Bailey (Back) — Questionable
WR Dez Bryant (Knee) — Questionable
CB Morris Claiborne (Ankle) — Questionable
RB Lance Dunbar (Knee) — Questionable
T Chaz Green (Foot) — Out
DE David Irving (Concussion) — Questionable
DT Terrell McClain (Arm) — Questionable
QB Tony Romo (Back) — Out
CB Orlando Scandrick (Hamstring) — Out
T Tyron Smith (Back) — Questionable
LB Kyle Wilber (Neck) — Questionable
WR Terrance Williams (Shoulder) — Questionable
TE Jason Witten (Chest) — Questionable
This is a big road test for Dak Prescott. With all the talk that he might need to stay on as the starter when Tony Romo returns, this will be telling. The Packers still haven’t looked themselves on offense, but I think they will find a way to slow Dallas here. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take it.
Pick: Packers 24, Cowboys 17
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