Game: Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
Game Result: Green Bay Packers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
This game featured a lot of offense and not a whole lot of defense, but a defensive play is ultimately what made the difference in this matchup between two historic NFL franchises. The Cowboys marched down the field to take an early lead, which Rodgers and the Packers matched with a touchdown of their own, however they missed the extra point leaving the score 7-6. The Cowboys then scored back to back touchdowns making the score 21-6, before the Pack went down the field to score with Crosby again missing the extra point and the score at 21-12.
The Cowboys put pressure on Rodgers early and often, as they sacked him four times in total, and the Green Bay offensive line continued to struggle through the injury bug that has bit them particularly hard. For all their struggles in pass protection, the line had no issues opening holes for rookie running back Aaron Jones who had a breakout game with 125 yards and a touchdown, while averaging an eye-popping 6.6 yards per carry. In a game where Rodgers threw for only 221 yards, this effective run game did a great job of setting up the play-action.
The Packers kept Ezekiel Elliot in check for the first half before his bruising style wore them down in the second half where he gained the majority of his yardage. Dak did well to make up for this, carving up the Packers depleted secondary as he moved the Cowboys up and down the field with short quick routes. The Packers, over the course of the game, lost starters Kevin King, Morgan Burnett, and Davon House, although House would return. However, when they needed a big play, 3rd year man Damarious Randall, benched last week for how he handled a Chicago Bears touchdown, stepped up and caught a pass that had bounced off of Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams and returned it for 6 points.
With the Cowboys down 28-24, Dak Prescott orchestrated a long 17 play, 79 yard drive taking over eight and a half minutes off the clock and putting the Cowboys up three. Following the touchback, Rodgers and the Packers get the ball back with one timeout and 1:13 remaining on the clock. Rodgers led the Packers down the field on a 9 play, 75 yard drive, before finishing it off with a perfect pass to Davante Adams over an unsuspecting Jourdan Lewis, who never had a chance on the play after nearly making an interception of the play before.
The Cowboys head to San Francisco next week to take on the winless 49ers in what should be a get right game for them, as they look to get back up to .500. The Packers, meanwhile, head to Minnesota next week to take on the Vikings who face the Bears on Monday Night Football, in the debut of 2nd overall pick Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina.
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