In what is almost a must win game for a Green Bay team that wants to remain in contention for the NFC North, the Packers take on Ezekiel Elliot and the surprisingly 4-1 Dallas Cowboys. Behind a strong offensive line and excellent play from Elliot, the Cowboys are averaging an NFL high of 155.2 rushing yards per game. The Packers come into this game with the highest ranked rushing defense in the NFL, allowing on 171 rushing yards in their first four games.
The Cowboys, who are getting excellent play from both Elliot and Prescott are looking to win their fifth straight against the Packers. The Packers are coming off a win in New York last week that would have been a lot less close had it not been for some Rodgers interceptions. Dallas can’t keep up with Green Bay’s offensive firepower, meaning that they’re going to have to try and dictate the pace of play using Elliot and trying to keep Aaron Rodgers and company off of the field.
Offensive Players to Watch:
Dallas: Ezekiel Elliot
The entire Cowboys offense revolves around their young running back, and if they can have continued success in the run game they’re going to have a huge change to win the game. If the Packers defense can shut him down they force Dallas to try and use Prescott to beat them through the air.
Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers
Dallas is going to try and limit the Packers’ offensive possessions, so it’s up to Aaron Rodgers to make it count. Rodgers, who hasn’t played extremely well in the start of this season is going to have to try and score on every possession. The Packers’ are going to have to get off to a hot start and force the Cowboys to try and throw the ball, and Rodgers is a pivotal part of this.
Defensive Players to Watch:
Dallas: Morris Claiborne
Claiborne is yet to allow a touchdown this year, and played a fantastic defensive game last week against AJ Green. With a healthy Jordy Nelson for the Packers, Claiborne is going to have to try and keep the Rodgers/Nelson connection in check.
Green Bay: Jake Ryan
The tackling leader for the vaunted Packers’ defense, Ryan is going to have his hands full dealing with both Elliot and Prescott in the running game. If he can play a big defensive game it will help Green Bay keep all facets of the Cowboys running game contained.
When Green Bay’s offense is working, it’s really working. That said, they’ve had a horrible time closing out games this year so far and with a talented Cowboys offense don’t expect the Packers to win unless they put up points in the second half. While it’s possible for the Packers to have finally solved their second half problems, I won’t believe it until I see it.
Dallas Cowboys: 24