The Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) will travel to AT&T Stadium, to take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 3:25 CT with television coverage on FOX. The Packers are coming off of their first win in over a month, after beating the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Cowboys got man handled on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, adding to the team’s and quarterback Tony Romo’s December woes. Both teams are fighting to make the playoffs and currently sit on the outside looking in.
For the sixth week in a row, the Packers will again play without Aaron Rodgers, who is still recovering from a broken collarbone. With Rodgers out, Matt Flynn will once again be under center as he tries to build off of his performance last week. Flynn will try to carve up the Cowboys secondary like Bears backup Josh McCown did on Monday night. McCown completed 27 of his 36 passes, threw for 348 yards, four touchdowns, and even rushed for a touchdown. If Flynn can do some of what McCown did, the Packers could be coming home from Dallas with a victory.
The key for the Packers defense will be to shut down dynamic Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant has shown week in and week out that he is one of the best receivers in the league, and has 10 touchdowns on the year. If the Packers want to slow down Bryant, the smart move might be to put cornerback Sam Shields on him. When the Packers played the Detroit Lions two weeks ago, Shields did a nice job on arguably the best receiver in the game, Calvin Johnson. Even though Johnson did go over one hundred yards, Shields did intercept a jump ball that was intended toward Johnson in the end zone.
The other main focus for the Packers defense will be to stop Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. When the Packers went on their losing streak, opposing running backs were able to run with ease against the Packers run defense. Last week against the Falcons, the Packers held them to 83 rushing yards, which helped the Packers get the first win since October. Shutting down Murray will allow the Packers to focus more on Bryant, and will put more pressure on Romo.
This will be the first time the Packers will play in AT&T Stadium since they won the Super Bowl there in 2010. The Packers are also trying to win in Dallas for the first time since 1989. However, this will be the first team the teams meet in the stadium nicknamed “Jerry World” after the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Both teams are fighting to make the playoffs. After Sunday, one team will help its cause while the other will be living on a prayer.