The Dallas Cowboys will square off against the Green Bay Packers No. 1 run defense at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Cowboys Blitz writers share their predictions for this highly anticipated Week 6 matchup.
Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Green Bay Packers (3-1)
Sunday, Oct. 16, 3:25 p.m. CST
Lambeau Field, Green Bay Wisconsin
Laurie: It all starts with one word for the Dallas defense, and fittingly it starts with a ‘D’. Discipline. The Tank fuel-injected line need to be assignment sound in the interior and contain the edge, because whether or not Eddie Lacy is fit to go, Aaron Rodgers will climb the pocket or break outside, and that’s where you find trouble. Now, the Packers signal-caller has been inconsistent with his ball placement and accuracy, so if #AirplaneMo, Sean Lee and Co. provide the tight coverage we’ve seen for big portions of this season, they’ll force tight window risks from Rodgers, and with it, opportunities for takeaways. On offense, it won’t be pretty, but it’ll be a beautiful battle of power at the line of scrimmage, as Dallas’ wall and rookie rusher look to grind down the league’s top run-stopping front, while keeping Clay Matthews quiet. With the Packers ailing outside at corner, look out for the deep splash play of a Terrance Williams, Brice Butler, or a slight chance of Bryant, as Dak Prescott tries to keep Green Bay honest up front. Dallas 27, Green Bay 21
Jonah: This has to best one of the most improbable starts to the season I can remember for the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they lose Tony Romo in the preseason to a broken back, but they also lost key starters in Dez Bryant, La’el Collins, Orlando Scandrick, and Tyron Smith for a period of time as well. I keep thinking the next game is when this team will falter because it just seems so unlikely that these two rookies in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott can keep up their spectacular level of play. With that being said, I’m not going to count this team out anymore. With the way this team is able to sustain long drives, finish in the red zone, and limit their turnovers, the mediocrity of their defense has been masked. However, I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: the Green Bay Packers are the most dangerous team in the NFC because of Aaron Rodgers. When he is on top of his game, he is nearly unstoppable, and I’m worried about the ability of this defense to stop a high-octane offense of this caliber. Despite all of that, the Cowboys are going to win this game. I believe Dez Bryant is going to return from injury and have a revenge game of sorts against a depleted Green Bay secondary, as well as the offense being able to sustain long drives, keeping Rodgers off of the field. Dallas 21, Green Bay 20
Cami: Although the Cowboys defense has surpassed expectations and are now No. 8 in the league in points allowed per game, they’ll have a plethora of weapons to limit in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, and Aaron Rodgers. Regardless of how Rodgers has looked up to this point, he is without a doubt the best quarterback Dallas has faced this season. On the opposite side, will Green Bay find a way limit Dallas’ powerful run game? The Cowboys proved me wrong last week by establishing the run early on against a tough front seven of the Bengals, but can they do it against the No. 1 rush defense? In order for the Packers to squeak out a win in Lambeau on Sunday, they’ll have to force Prescott to try and beat them with his arm. Unfortunately, this could be the game the Cowboys miss Romo the most. Green Bay 24, Dallas 21
Bobby: On paper, this is actually a good match-up for Dallas. Green Bay’s rush defense is ranked first in the NFL, but it’s come against Jacksonville (30), Minnesota (32), Detroit (23), and New York (27) who are all in the bottom 10 in rushing. Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris will by far the toughest run game Green Bay has faced. Dallas is also catching Aaron Rodgers at a time when he’s looked more human than ever before. Still, this is October football at Lambeau, and so I’m hesitant to predict a victory for Dallas. Dom Capers is a savvy, veteran defensive mind who has seen it all, and I think he’ll come up with a game plan that keeps Dallas’ two rookie stars contained for the most part. Green Bay 20, Dallas 13.