Keys to Packers at Cowboys Divisional Playoff Game

The Packers head to Dallas to take on the Dallas Cowboys and if they want to get to the Conference Championship, stopping rookie Ezekiel Elliott is the key.

For the second time this season, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers meet. Last time out the Packers lost, but this is a much different team, especially on offense.

The key for a Packers win this time out will be containing Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys are going to want to put the game mostly in his hands for two reasons.

First, they will want to keep the pressure off Dak Prescott. While the rookie quarterback has been very good—especially as the regular season wound to a close—putting the game on his shoulders is a shaky proposition when he has so little experience.

Elliott played in some big games for Ohio State, and while this will dwarf all of them, he’s seen the spotlight. He’s also a running back and the pressure at that position, even if he’s the focus of the offense, is just different.

Secondly, and equally if not more important, is keeping Aaron Rodgers off the field. The Giants couldn’t do it last week, and eventually a very highly-regarded defense collapsed. Now, it would have helped if the Giants scored more than field goals in the first half—was anyone doubting that Rodgers would eventually put points on the board in the form of touchdowns?

That being said, the Giants only had the ball on offense for just over 25 minutes. The Packers and Rodgers had it for just over 34 minute and that was without a particularly robust ground game themselves.

That time allowed Rodgers to throw for 362 yards and four touchdowns.

The Cowboys can’t let that happen, because that puts an awful lot of pressure on Prescott.

Green Bay didn’t have much success stopping Elliott back in Week 6, as he gained 157 yards on 28 carries. They did keep him from the end zone, but that didn’t really help all that much given they lost and Elliott got Dallas close enough on a regular basis for them to punch the ball in via passing.

The Packers will need big games from two groups—the interior defensive line and the outside linebackers.

Elliott is adept at both inside runs and catching the edge. So Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion will need to be stout along the inside lanes and quick to respond when Elliott runs at them. Inside and MIKE linebackers like Jake Ryan, Blake Martinez and Joe Thomas will have to step up and contain when Elliott breaks through, but if the inside tackles do their job, Elliott won’t be going full speed through the interior holes.

He will, however, take runs outside on a frequent basis which is when the edge rushers need to do their job and contain him. Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Julius Peppers and Datone Jones can’t let Elliott get outside of them and head down the sideline for the big plays we have seen him kill teams with this season.

Of course, other players can and should step up. The secondary can get involved, particularly the safeties. The onus will be on the interior of the defensive line and the outside linebackers though, and their battle with Elliott is likely what the game will hinge on.

 
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ironman3169's picture

January 13, 2017 at 05:10 am

As long as Green Bay keeps up on offense, it'll only take a stop or two on defense.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 13, 2017 at 05:46 am

Yep. Dallas D is inferior to most of the defenses we've played in the past 2 months. GB can match this team score for score.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 13, 2017 at 05:45 am

Where were you after your "guarantee" that GB would lose to NY???? And yes, you are a bad fan. I fail to see how being so constantly negative about a team you profess to enjoy would ever make you happy. It'd be different if you actually had common sense to back up your ludicrous ideas. But you don't.

GB absolutely can beat Dallas. I'd personally put the odds at 45% even without Jordy. Dallas can be had on defense.

Take the over.

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Nick Perry's picture

January 13, 2017 at 06:22 am

LMFAO!!!!! This dude has been GONE since last weekend before the Giants game and all of a sudden he reappears just in time to give his precious "Predictions" on how the game will go and reasons why the Packers can't/won't win.
Wouldn't it be something if people like Cow or Al Bundy showed up after Sundays game against the Giants when EVERY SINGLE prediction they came up with was wrong. Instead they creep back on the site to bombard us with the same ole stuff.

Kinda weak isn't it??

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porupack's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:34 am

I propose that COW isn't actually a fan, or troll or even a person at all. He is a computer generated antagonist created by CHTV to just stir up debate. Its really cool if that is true. Hats off to the site for provoking the emotions and debate. OK, maybe not, and certainly there is no inferred computer-like intelligence to COW's remarks. Just a simple automated variation of same thing.

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justjoe's picture

January 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm

I disagree with all of it. It's time for Dak and Zek to watch the Aaron Rodgers show from the sidelines. Pack rolls through Dallas, 31 - 20.

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Nick Perry's picture

January 13, 2017 at 06:37 am

One of MANY of Cow's predictions last week....

COW says:
January 04, 2017 at 02:49 pm
NYG defense is going to cause major problems for the Packers. Those corners will be able to play that press man coverage that MM has no idea how to scheme against.

There's gonna be a lot of Rodgers bouncing around with happy feet finding no one open.

Packers defense will get shredded. That's just a fact.

I'm guessing Packers are going to have to score 31+. That's unlikely against this D.

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I'm curious WHY it takes you 9 days after this comment to grace us with your presence? Be nice if you could come up with a little 3 word sentence every once in a while....."I was wrong".

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Since '61's picture

January 13, 2017 at 05:56 pm

COW - as usual you are incorrect. I predicted the Packers to win 30-13. You can go back and look up my post in the predictions article prior to the NYG -Packers game. And I also admitted post-game that I did not think that Rodgers and the Packers would be as effective as they were, but I was close. Thanks, Since '61

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Nick Perry's picture

January 14, 2017 at 05:59 am

Go F yourself Cow...Actually I did. Go look at my response to Since '61, the same comment he's bringing up to you now made 9 days ago. Here it is in case you'd like to at least apologize for calling me a liar.

Below is Since '61 comment and my response to him...

This game will be about the Packers OL. Keep Rodgers clean, get Monty and Rip going with the ground game. Rodgers arm and legs will do the rest. Defense, pressure Eli up the middle and bracket OBJ, force a few turnovers. As long as the Packers don't beat themselves they will advance. I like the Pack 30 - 13. No let up, no excuses, no prisoners. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Nick Perry's picture
Nick Perry says:
January 07, 2017 at 02:44 pm(edit)
I just read where Rip was added to the injury report today with a shoulder injury, hopefully it's nothing to serious.

No Predictions for me, especially against the Giants, call it superstitious. But I do like yours Since '61.

Side Note... Watching the Raiders game Crabtree had a drop and they said he lead the NFL. I was curious about Adams, Nelson, and Cook.

Adams...5 drops in 121 targets
Nelson...2 drops in 152 targets
Cook......2 drops in 51 targets

All in all not to bad, especially since 2 of Adams were just a few weeks ago (unfortunately both were TD's). That means he only had 3 drops in his other 118 targets...I'll take that!

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Since '61's picture

January 14, 2017 at 08:45 am

Thanks Nick - I'm sure now that we've proved COW wrong again that we will not hear from him, just like we didn't hear from him again after the Giants game until now. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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dobber's picture

January 14, 2017 at 08:51 am

"Funny - I don't remember anyone disagreeing with those assessments when I made them."

Just because people get so caught up in pissing matches with you doesn't mean that they agree with what you posted.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 13, 2017 at 06:38 am

"Packers lose to a more physical team during the regular season."

That's not true at all. They just beat a more physical team last week.

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dobber's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:49 am

You're losing sight of the fact that the Giants game is actual evidence that works against him and Cow dismisses that out of hat...

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Dzehren's picture

January 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

Dallas has won 2 Playoff games since 1997
Dallas Cowboys Playoff History
Jan. 11, 2015 NFC Divisional Green Bay 26, Dall21
Jan. 4, 2015 NFC Wild Card Dal 24, Detroit 20
Jan. 17, 2010 NFC Divisional Minnesota 34, Dal 3
Jan. 9, 2010 NFC Wild Card Dal 34, Phil 14
Jan. 13, 2008 NFC Divisional N.Y. Gia21, Dallas 17
Jan. 6, 2007 NFC Wild Card Seattle 21, Dallas 20
Jan. 3, 2004 NFC Wild Card Carolina 29, Dal10
Jan. 9, 2000 NFC Wild Card Minnesota 27, Dal 10
Jan. 2, 1999 NFC Wild Card Arizona 20, Dallas 7
Jan. 5, 1997 NFC Divisional Carolina 26, Dall17

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ironman3169's picture

January 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

You're not a bad fan, cow, you're just a pessimist. Fair enough. Everything in your post is true. You have, however, forgotten he following: Rodgers played possibly his worst game the first time round matched closely by his performance against the Vikings week 2. MM was still in his unimaginative mode. Pretty sure Cook, Michael, and Montgomery weren't out there. Our offense will keep us in this one.

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Point Packer's picture

January 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

If I was real bored, I'd go dig up the string from 2010 when Cow predicted a 6-10 season and we won the SB.

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dobber's picture

January 14, 2017 at 08:54 am

A pessimist is a "the glass is half-empty person".

In this case, we're seeing a "someone drank my milk, ate my cookie, and slept with my wife" person...but sometimes he's not. I like that Cow. He's still got the bitter edge that makes you think, but brings some good analysis supported by data and specific anecdotes. I'd like to see that Cow more often.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 13, 2017 at 06:58 am

The keys to victory.

-First as we know games are won in the trenches. Dallas has probably the best OL in the league. The Packers defensively can't allow them to dominate this game. The DL has to have a good game to help contain Elliott and also to get pressure on Presscott.
While everyone wants to talk about how good Dallas's OL is, people forget to mention that the Packers OL is pretty damn good too. They give Rodgers time, he will tear apart the defense.

-Efficiency of the offense. I have seen a lot in prior conversations that the TOP will be huge in this game. That if Dallas wins the TOP battle that the Packers won't have the ball enough to do anything with it. I get the argument but what really matters is what you do with the possessions you do have. If the Packers get the ball 8 times offensively, the key is what they do with the ball those 8 times. They need to be scoring on the majority of those possessions.

-Redzone efficiency. To go with the previous statement, when the Packers get to the redzone they have to score TD's and can't settle for FG's.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 13, 2017 at 09:15 am

Offensive scoring efficiency is far more crucial than TOP. Always has been....always will be.

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dobber's picture

January 14, 2017 at 09:34 am

When Elliott has been held to 4.5 ypc or less, Dallas has had to scratch and claw to win...still has a winning record in those games, but they average almost 5 points per game fewer than when he's over 4.5 ypc. I think that's the key this week: keep him under 4.5 ypc and Prescott will have more 3rd and 5+ to deal with...and that will give the defense a better shot at getting off the field.

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Lphill's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:00 am

Guys please COW and others here are Viking fans certain people never post anything positive , if they were true Packers fans they would man up when they are wrong but they can't. Very simple.

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Since '61's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:42 am

LP - exactly correct. Although I think that COW is a Bears fan. Bundy and the others are Vikings trolls. In the end it doesn't matter, they are not Packers fans. Thanks, Since '61

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Handsback's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:21 am

If the defense keep and maintains their disciplines of gap control, and keep the Cowboys to 3rd and 4 yards to go...then they will get their fair share of stops. The Packers will play the short passing game and make those FS/SS back up a little and off the LOS. Run some to keep the Cowboys honest and pop a few long passes, I can see the Packers win by 7 points.

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porupack's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:57 am

I think you hit the key problem for Packers; to contain the threat of Zeke and run game. Dallas has so many options with that strong Oline and the run game. Soon as packers commit extra men to stop the run, GBs Dbacks are so vulnerable to play action, short passes up the middle, TE seam routes; wow, the offensive coordinator must be having a fun planning week. Then Zak can pull so many Aaron Rodgers-like scrambles, bootlegs and designed runs. I don't see how GB can keep Dallas under 32 points.

Past history of slow starts, drive-killing penalties, missed third down catches, and aggravatingly predictable runs have to be the basis for assuming this will be the case in Dallas. But GB is capable of games such as 56 min of Seahawks playoff game 2 years ago, and game last week v Giants.

MM has come out with some amazing gameplans at times, such as the similar odds on paper against Seattle where GB manhandled hawks for 57 minutes.

So GB is capable. It might take some lucky deflections-turned-into intercepts, and an efficient Offense from the first to last minute...come ready to play. GB best chances are if it is a shootout. Can't see them winning on the defense unit's back.

I think GB gets beat pretty bad, but still hoping and trusting that MM pulls out another game-magic plan that goes for broke....and players execute accordingly...and a couple of near-misses...turned into just enoughs.

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marpag1's picture

January 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm

C'mon, Cowpie. Do you really think that people don't like you because you are think the Packers might lose? If you truly believe that, then you are have less self-awareness than anyone else on earth.

There are plenty of posters on this board who say, "I'm worried that the Packers might lose." Those people get a lot more up-votes than you do. Hell, they only reason anybody ever showed you a "thumbs up" is if they were suggesting a place for you to sit.

You never say, "I'm **afraid** the Packers might get gashed in the run game." You never say, "I'm **worried** that the pass protection might break down." Nah, the only things that you fart out on the board are "The Packers suck like this" and "The Packers suck like that. Everybody else is better." You're clearly not WORRIED that the Packers might lose, you revel in the notion. And you never post anything at all about how the Packers might actually be able to win. Seriously, when did you every say anything like that.... except that maybe they will win if there is some sort of miraculous divine intervention?

And when the Packers actually DO win, we don't hear a single word from you that might suggest that you are happy or excited. In fact, we don't hear anything from you at all. You just hide your face until such time as you can start up bitching again. Hey, if you didn't know it, the Packers just beat the NY Giants, and this was in the playoffs. The Giants were a good team, and you yourself said that a victory was almost inconceivable. But the Packers throttled them. Did you post anywhere to say how great the Packers played? Did I miss the comment where you said how much you enjoyed the game?

Methinks that maybe you did not enjoy the game at all. People talk about things that interest them. The only thing you talk about is the Packers next loss.

Cow, people don't like you because A) you are a pompous jackass - even though your predictions are so often wrong, and B) because you are one of those intensely annoying people who lives for no other purpose than to find faults that you can criticize, and C) you are obviously much more interested to see the Packers lose than you are to see them win.

That's you, Cow. And no one likes people like you.

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4thand1's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:28 pm

So now you're admitting Rodgers is really really good. you suck.

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Norm's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:37 pm

Putting the Packers in the same category as the Texans goes to prove Marpag's point Cow. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, the Texans have Tom Brocksweiller or something like that as their QB. That alone gives the Packers a fighting chance while the Texans will be lucky to be within 3 TD's of the Patriots.

I normally ignore you and choose not to feed the troll because I strongly suspect you just eat up all the attention you get on this site (Skip Bayless syndrome I think it's called) but I'm in a giving mood today.

Most if not all Packers fans realize there is a good chance the Packers could lose but there's also a VERY real chance they could win on Sunday. I personally think it's very close to 50/50 and Rodgers (especially the way he's been playing the last 7 weeks) is the greatest equalizer we've ever had (even more than Favre). It's that second part that we choose to focus on, the possibility of winning, but by no means ignoring the first part. But you seem to revel in the possibility (or exaggerated probability) of loss and rather than presenting your arguments as to why they might lose in a rational yet hopeful tone, and throwing in an occasional reason why they might actually win, you nearly always focus on the negative, both before and after games. I agree you do raise very real points regarding the weaknesses of the Packers, but the only time you do that for the opposition is after we've beaten them and you point them out to show why we just beat a team that wasn't any good to begin with.

It's not fun to be around people like you. I'm not saying we want only yes men on this board, far from it; I think there are plenty of great posters who can see things from both sides. But live a little man, enjoy the season even if they don't win the Super Bowl. I'll be bitterly disappointed in whatever game ends their season, I'll even curse MM or whatever players I feel contributed to the loss for awhile if that does happen, but at least I'll enjoy the ride and whatever victories come along the way. Life will go on in any case.

Try living on the bright side for awhile, you might just enjoy yourself.

For what it's worth, here's my take:
- Cowboys have a very good offensive line, but the Packers O line suits their style of play very well. They won't run it as well as the Cowboys but their pass blocking ability and the guy pulling the trigger behind them more than tips the scales in the Packers favor.
- Neither team has a great defense, and the injuries the Packers are dealing with on that side of the ball has me concerned. But not as concerned as I was last week going against the Giants and their (supposedly) great receiving corps, and that turned out ok. We have the opposite situation this week where we face a very good running team but not a particularly explosive passing team. A different game plan will be required, and I trust Capers is up to the task. Will the players execute that game plan? Only time will tell, they've certainly had many instances where they've failed to do so but also some where they have (see: Giants, Seahawks games).
- I think it will be a close game with plays we can't predict having a huge impact. Tipped pass for a pick maybe, key third down stop, special teams mistake. In the end I like the Packers playoff experience and advantage at the most important position on the field. Packers 31 Cowboys 28. But what do I know?

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Norm's picture

January 13, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Thank you for clarifying for me what I really want.

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Since '61's picture

January 14, 2017 at 09:19 am

Norm - nice try. I respect your effort. But you are dealing with a very disappointed and disillusioned Bears fan in COW, whose only motivation is to see the Packers as bad off as his precious Bears. Sad situation, but it is what it is. Misery loves company and COW is just trying to drag us Packer fans down with him. Thanks, Since '61

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dobber's picture

January 14, 2017 at 09:27 am

He's providing a public service...

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January 13, 2017 at 08:08 am

All the obvious things. Grab a lead first, keep crazy Jerry world crowd out of game, force Cowboys into passing to catch up... But most critical of all to me is move the chains and dont go for the homerun on third and short. Maybe not at all unless of course there is an obvious misplay in coverage by the Pokes. But until the opportunity presents itself later to put the game away, just grind it out and avoid three and out. Just keep D fresh, and let Arod be Arod. ( i. e. no prevent D so they can play aggressive.)

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:20 am

Three things the Packer defense will need to do to put physical and mental pressure on Prescott. First, the Packers will need to to do a fair amount of long/short sitck run stunting with their DL in order to force Elliott to bounce outside the OTs on run plays. The Cowboys run a fair amount of gap scheme plays so spilling the play is essential to force Elliott to move lateral. This will require Thomas, Ryan, Martinez and Burnett to scrape hard outside. Matthews has to be especially cautious about running upfield because that creates lanes. Expect him to be more crash blitz/rush oriented.

The second aspect to the defense fits in with the run posture they will need to take. Dallas is most effective in their playaction passing game. Green Bay will need to play a fair amount of 8 man box defense but with that they need to show pressure, especially on early downs. Essentially they need to play run on the way to Prescott.

Lastly, the Packer defense will need to do A LOT of post snap movement. Expect to see some patented fire zone coverages in this game. Capers hasn't used it all that much and Prescott hasn't seen much of it this year. The two time where he saw a heavy dose of fire zone were in the two losses. The Giants did a TON of post snap movement and fire zone coverage.

Elliott will get yards but I don't expect to see a 150 yard performance. The first game these two teams played was much closer than the score indicated. If the Packers play clean they win the game by 10. The one advantage the Packers have is their ability to strike quickly. Dallas takes a more methodical approach.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:59 am

A) Jump cuts don't work against crash blitzes. The whole point is to force a runner lateral so.....

B) Outside of Seattle, name really good tacklers at the corner position in the NFL. It's a passing league if you haven't figured that out.

C) Fair point. That's why I said upfield charge is a concern. Knife in and up, not up and around.

D) Yes. Green Bay will as well. What's your point?

E) All redzone defense is huge.....like,....for EVERY team in the league. Thank you Captain Obvious

F) Fair point. Hyde in the slot is always a concern.

G) Fair point. Witten is a security blanket. I think Burnett can limit his effectiveness.

H) Fair point....although, if you rewatch the tape from week 6, you'll see the Packers did not bring much pressure in addition to post-snap movement. They played pretty vanilla. That won't happen this time around.

I) I could see them busting out read-option too.....BUT...firezones, especially to the side of the back with long/short stick moving DL neutralizes this.

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dobber's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:56 am

Thanks for your insight POC. You always bring good stuff to the discussion.

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January 13, 2017 at 09:51 am

I'd still like to see you write a book...

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January 13, 2017 at 07:33 pm

cowpie is at it again, dissing the Packers. Usually it means the Packers will win. I feel much better about the game now. thanx, cowsuck

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January 13, 2017 at 08:27 am

If the Cowboys dominate time of possession, that will put even more pressure to capitalize on every possession we do get.

The Packers should watch film of the 2 times the Giants beat the Cowboys. Eli Manning wasn't a world beater in either game (207 and 193 passing yards), but he was efficient throwing for 3 TDs in the first match up. They also held Zeke to 51 yards rushing on 20 carries.

In the second match up, Dak had a bad game in his last full game, the 10-7 loss to the Giants. He threw 2 picks and forcing him into mistakes by pressuring is key.

We need a spy for Dak too. How many times have we watched our seasons end at the hands of Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick?

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 13, 2017 at 09:05 am

For years I've argued a need for a revert back to WCO principles. Historically, McCarthy's offense has been more about spread principles and forcing the ball in big chunks instead of controling underneath coverage and creating oblique stretches in the passing game. Too much vertical stem and option routes. It is too simplistic to cover especially when defensive personnel can match. Possession coupled with scoring efficiency is the most important factor for offensive success. It'll be no different for Green Bay on Sunday. It's the same level of importance for all 32 teams.

Interestingly, when they reverted back to maximum splits from 11 personnel in the 2nd half, they were able to take advantage of Trevin Wade.

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January 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

"maximum splits"

I expect possibly missing Nelson hurts their ability there more than lining up in normal splits. Adams does it quite well, hopefully he can have another big game.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 13, 2017 at 01:25 pm

They actually did more max. spread looks after Nelson was out of the game. Moreso in the 2nd half.

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January 13, 2017 at 07:36 pm

Exactly, they put up 38 after Jordy got hurt. Adams and Cobb healthy is huge.

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GB Jacker's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:34 am

I just rewatched the week 6 matchup - they were at their peak and we were struggling but we could have won. 97 yard drive at end of Q2 where Gunter got burned twice. Then Rodgers terrible pick and fumble at the Dallas 1 in Q3. That was the difference. We're such a better outfit now. And Aaron in a dome.... I just hope Gunter and Randall hold up

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January 13, 2017 at 08:52 am

Bring the Rush! This game is the biggest game of the year for Datone Jones and Nick Perry. Both stand to make money with every sack. The key to beating a good offensive line is taking out the center. A couple of blind side hits couldn't hurt. Keep whitten bottled up. Elliott is not the greatest RB of all-time. Rookies can make the biggest mistakes in big games.

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Since '61's picture

January 13, 2017 at 08:53 am

As I posted earlier this week, the Packers front 7 need to have a big game this week. Keep Dallas in 3rd and +5 and get off the field. If they are allowed to maintain drives, even if Rodgers keeps up scoring wise the Packers D will wear down in the 2nd half and Dallas will pull ahead. Ideally, we build a 2 score lead or more and force Dallas to abandon the run. Even then, getting off the field after 3rd downs will be the key in this game for the Packers defense. Our offense needs to keep the Dallas O off the field with long drives of their own. Dallas is not built to come from behind. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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JDK52's picture

January 13, 2017 at 10:07 am

Many people are saying the Cowboys have a clear advantage in TOP, and will use that to take over this game. That may have been true mid-season, but the Packers have improved drastically since then. Final stats have the Cowboys at no. 2 in TOP/game, and the Packers at no. 5. the difference is a mere 41 seconds per game.

The Packers have every reason to believe they can control the pace of this game. Rodgers can slow it down and burn clock just as easily as Elliot, and has consistently done it against better defenses in the second half of the season.

I believe McCarthy will give Rodgers a short-yardage passing plan early in the game to keep Dallas D on the field for 5+ minutes a drive.

Dallas won't win this game on TOP.

The game will be decided by mistakes; all it will take is one turnover or crucial redzone stop, by either team.

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January 13, 2017 at 11:27 am

I haven't heard you tell me why the Packers offense won't be effective...

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January 13, 2017 at 11:56 am

Not really sure why I feel the need to respond to you, as you refuse to concede even the slightest point when you've been proven wrong.

But I will anyway.

You think Dallas will control TOP in this game. You are wrong.

The team with fewer mistakes wins this game. TOP will be very close at the end, *unless* one team makes a mistake or two early on that allows the other to run up the score and take over the game.

How are you so blind to the reality of how football games are played to believe the Packers won't try to slow down and control the tempo of the game? It doesn't matter who you play; keep their Defense on the field and score on each drive, and You Will Win.

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dobber's picture

January 13, 2017 at 07:51 pm

In this sense, the game will be about who kicks FGs and who scores TDs. If you're the team getting 7s, you win.

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January 14, 2017 at 08:47 pm

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 15, 2017 at 01:33 am

Dear JDK52, I am not at all sure that GB will try to slow the pace of this game down. I think it depends on the circumstances of the game and what defensive looks Dallas shows. What matters in offensive efficiency, not TOP.

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January 13, 2017 at 01:14 pm

COW aside from game predictions you have been preaching for awhile that "12" is done , nothing left in the tank. Start the Brett Hundley era, so why can't you admit now you were wrong ?

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January 13, 2017 at 04:00 pm

Having Quinton Rollins will be a huge lift being that he like Cook didn't play in Week 6's matchup and also having Randall will be a big help too for the whole game he left in the 2nd quarter with a groin injury.

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January 13, 2017 at 07:51 pm

Sadly, I think the threads the last day or two have ended up being more about Cow than about the Packers.

Can we change that, please?

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January 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

But y'all continue to feed him.

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