Divisional Round: Packers at Cowboys Game Preview

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Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) after a touchdown in the third quarter against the New York Giants in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports

The Packers and Cowboys meet Sunday for a rematch of that Week 6 game the two played. If you don’t remember the last time these two teams played it was probably because you suppressed the memory of the Packers hideous throwbacks, but the Cowboys ran all over them and ended up winning the game 30-16. The Packers ended with only 78 rushing yards for an average of 3.2 yards per carry as well as four turnovers.

The Packers aren’t the same team that they were in that game. They’ve lost Eddie Lacy but have evolved into the offensive powerhouse that everyone thought they’d be in the offseason.

News came out earlier this week that the Packer would be playing without Jordy Nelson after that vicious hit to the ribs he took in the Giants game, but with how well Geronimo Allison, DaVante Adams and Randall Cobb have been playing it’s not the crushing blow it could have been.

If you look at the defenses, the Cowboys have the Packers beat in almost every category. This is in part due to the time of possession the offense usually has but it’s also because they’re just playing really good football. Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Cowboys as the league’s number one secondary.

The Cowboys beat the Packers in almost every category except the quarterback position, so what is this game going to come down to?


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The same thing it’s been all season for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is going to have to play well enough to make up for a subpar defense and no running game. If this was any other quarterback (aside from Brady) it’d seem nearly impossible but Rodgers has been delivering the spectacular game after game. I think he’s going to do it again.

Prediction

The Cowboys have the record and the home field advantage to be favored in this game, but there are so many situations where they can lose. The Packers don’t even have to play shutdown defense (the way the Giants beat the Cowboys) because Green Bay has the offensive firepower to shred the Cowboys if they need to.

Green Bay Packers: 35

Dallas Cowboys: 31

Elliot is should have a huge day, but in a shootout game it’s going to come down to Prescott or Rodgers and you have to give Rodgers the edge. With how well he’s been playing Rodgers is chasing Brady in the “best to ever play the game” conversation and a rookie Dak Prescott can’t touch the talent of veteran Aaron Rodgers with a ten foot pole.

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