The Green Bay Packers travel to Arlington to take on the Dallas Cowboys in their Divisional round playoff game on Sunday. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium and is expected to begin at 4:40 PM. ET.
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Packers vs Cowboys Odds
- Green Bay Packers +5
- Dallas Cowboys -5
- Over/Under 52.5
The Cowboys will be going in to this game with a lot of confidence after defeating the Packers convincingly at Lambeau Field during the regular season. The fact that the game will also be played in front of their fans, also plays in the Cowboys’ favor.
Before the season began, not too many people predicted the Cowboys would end up with the best record in the NFC, but thanks to the play of their rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas was able to dominate opponents this season.
Ezekiel Elliot was expected to be a very good back, but not too many expected him to lead the league in rushing as a rookie. While Prescott didn’t put up big numbers, his poise was invaluable to the team and he did a great job of protecting the ball, which helped keep the Cowboys in all the games they played.
Unlike the Cowboys, the Packers came into the season with high expectations. However, the team struggled earlier in the season, which led many to speculate that quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ skills were in decline. After a 4-6 start, which included the 30-16 loss to Dallas, the Packers won six consecutive games to finish the season.
In their Wildcard playoff game, Green Bay defeated Eli Manning and the New York Giants 38-13, but receiver Jordy Nelson, who missed the entire 2015 season with an injury, left the game with a rib injury and has been ruled out against Dallas.
With Nelson out of the lineup, Rodgers will be without his favorite target, which will have an impact on the offense on Sunday.
The Packers’ secondary, which did a good job against the Giants, will have their hands full once again trying to slow down Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. The Packers defense, which has been bad against the run in the past, will also have to figure out how to slow down Elliot, who ran for 157 yards on 28 carries in the first meeting.
Aaron Rodgers, who threw an interception and fumbled twice in the first game, will need to do a better job protecting the ball if he wants to give his team a chance to pull off the victory in what will be a very hostile environment.
The Cowboys appear to be the better team, and the fact that they are playing at home should make them even tougher to beat. However, they have two rookies that haven’t been playoff tested, which is a little concerning, which is why I’m picking the Packers to cover the spread. I’m taking the over on the total points scored as well.
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