The Cowboys and Packers face off Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, a place where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have never lost. Dallas will look to end that streak and start up a new winning streak of their own after losing last week to the Saints.
The DallasCowboys.com staff gives their ‘gut feeling’ for this Week 5 matchup between a pair of 3-1 teams.
Bryan Broaddus: I have two big concerns in this matchup with the Packers: Cam Fleming and Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have two quality pass rushers in Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, whom they rotate from side to side. I don’t get the feeling that early in this game that Fleming is going to get much help. If Fleming is able to hold up, that would be a huge win for the offense. If he doesn’t, then the plan will have to adjust drastically. This brings me to Rodgers. The Cowboys are going to have to score and score big to win this game because of who is standing on that opposite sideline. It doesn’t matter that Rodgers will be without Davante Adams this week. He finds ways to make others shine, and that will come from Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison. Dak Prescott has played well against the Packers during his career, and he’s in for another duel with one of the best to ever play. If this game were at Lambeau Field I would pick the Packers, but with an aggressive plan from Kellen Moore the Cowboys get things back on track with a 31-28 victory.
David Helman: I won’t lie to y’all, my confidence is a little shaky after last week. There’s no shame in losing in the Superdome, but it was startling how much the offense struggled. Fortunately, a bad Packers run defense should help cure that problem. Even if Green Bay loads up to stop the run, I think Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard can have success. I see them combining for 148 rushing yards, and I think that’ll open the field up for Dak Prescott to throw two touchdowns – including the first one of Michael Gallup’s season. This is all going to need to happen if the Cowboys are going to hold off Aaron Rodgers, because I don’t think they’re going to be able to prevent a touchdown this week. I have a feeling the pass rush is going to struggle getting to him, and that’ll help him hit the 300-yard mark. That said, I think the Dallas ground game will help keep Rodgers off the field, and he’ll fall just short of his typical magic. A long, methodical drive in the fourth quarter will help the Cowboys pull out a 34-30 win.
Rob Phillips:A popular storyline this week is whether defenses can copycat what the Saints did against Dallas. If the Cowboys’ offensive line plays to their standard against the Packers, then last Sunday will be an aberration. I expect they’ll be better. Green Bay has talented guys up front, but make no mistake about it, the Superdome noise was a factor for the Saints getting off the ball so quickly. On defense, can the Cowboys keep Aaron Rodgers out of the end zone? Green Bay converted only 3 of 7 trips inside the 20 against Philly last week, with Rodgers throwing 19 times out of 22 plays. Week 3 was the defense’s best performance yet, in my opinion. Overall I believe the difference will be the offense playing much more efficient football.
Nick Eatman: So the Cowboys couldn’t beat Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints, but they can expect to beat Aaron Rodgers? Yeah, pretty much. That’s kind of how the NFL works and it’s definitely how the Cowboys seem to work. I know we’re only a quarter of the way into the season and there’s still so much to find out, but I still think the Cowboys are a better team. They might not have the QB edge, or even the offensive tackle edge for this game, but I think they’re way better in just about every aspect. That has to mean something, especially considering Dak Prescott is one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks so far this year. Rodgers is better, but even that difference might not be as great as it was a few years ago. All in all, I think the Cowboys bounce back and win this game. I’ve got Randall Cobb scoring against his old team, two sacks by DeMarcus Lawrence, an interception by Jeff Heath and the Cowboys figure out a way to knock off Rodgers at home, 28-18.
Mickey Spagnola: Have all the confidence in the world the Cowboys’ offense gets back on track this week against the Packers, especially the running game, going against a team having given up an average of 174 yards rushing in their past three games. And my gut says the Cowboys will need to score at least 27 points to win this game. Do not forget for a moment that is Aaron Rodgers still on that other sideline. And don’t care who is out there with him, this guy is dangerous, the Packers having averaged 30 points in his eight starts against the Cowboys over the past 11 seasons. So, having said all that, 27-24, Cowboys.