The 8-4 Green Bay Packers host the 4-8 Dallas Cowboys in a pretty crucial match-up for both NFC teams this late into the season. It’s been a rough go of things for both teams at times this season, but here we are, with only four games left to play, and remarkably both teams have a shot at the post-season. Dallas has endured its fair share of injuries in 2015, but have remained afloat, and coming off of a big Monday Night Football victory in Washington, there is some hope in the Cowboys camp. For the Packers, it hasn’t been their usual dominant season so far. They’ve battled injuries and inconsistency and their offensive play calling has recently come into question. After a big comeback victory last week against the Lions, can the Packers ride the momentum to knock off the Cowboys? Read on below to find out. It should make for a very intriguing clash between two of the sport’s most historic franchises!
Cowboys vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys +7 (-120)
@ Green Bay Packers -7 (+100)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Cowboys vs. Packers Pick:
Unbelievably at 4-8, the Dallas Cowboys are still somewhat in the hunt for the NFC East divisional crown. There is no denying the fact that this team has talent, but with the injuries they have had to endure, it is quite the impressive feat that they are still alive. However, one loss and all of that good fortune could quickly evapourate – and it won’t be easy going into Lambeau and taking on a motivated and hungry Packers bunch. Green Bay also hasn’t played their best football this season, and a veteran-laden group like the Packers known it’s time to start rounding into form for the playoffs.
Their offense of late has been quite awful, which sounds almost wrong to say when you consider the impressive weapons they’ve got at their disposal. There have been some rumours that Aaron Rodgers does have a minor tear in his throwing shoulder – but the extra time off leading into Week 14 may have helped to heal that injury. Unfortunately for Rodgers, it’s not going to be easy going against a Dallas defensive front that thrives on putting a ton of pressure on opposing QB’s. The Packers’ scoring attack is in disarray right now, and the fluky hail mary pass to Richard Rodgers shouldn’t change that perception. Who knows what Green Bay will get from Eddie Lacy, and expect yet another lacklustre outing from this Packers’ scoring attack. Dallas does many things well on the defensive side of the ball and should provide yet another frustrating outing for Rodgers and Co.
When the Cowboys have the ball, it’ll be interesting to see how Matt Cassel fares as he didn’t look all that great last week against a pretty bad Redskins’ defense. Still, he rarely makes mistakes and didn’t turn the ball over Monday night, and if he can continue down that path – he’ll give his team a chance to be in the game late. Moreover, Dallas still has Dez Bryant who is a major threat for the Packers’ secondary. Many times, Cassel can simply heave it up there and expect Bryant to be on the receiving end. On the ground, the Packers have been wildly inconsistent in stuffing the run. Darren McFadden has been a good find for the Cowboys this season and should likely continue his run of good play. With a solid running game comes control, and an ability to move the chains consistently. With that, expect the Cowboys to be in this game throughout.
Finally, it’s expected that weather could be a factor at Lambeau around the late-afternoon hours on Sunday. Right now, the Packers’ running attack is in a state of flux. Nobody knows the status of Eddie Lacy, and where he stands vs. James Starks. The Cowboys have a more solidified situation and that consistency should help them on Sunday. Look for Dallas to pound the ball and take the safe route to first-downs.
This is too many points for the Packers in a bad-weather game. Their record is a mirage and they were wildly fortunate last week in Detroit. Their offense has sputtered of late, and the Cowboys are too good on defense to allow this much to a unit that seems disorganized and unprepared far too often. I’ll be on the Cowboys +7, but I heavily advise you shop around to get the full-touchdown. Currently only Bovada/Bodog is offering this up, but many other outlets have the Cowboys at around 6.5-points. Buy the half-point with the Cowboys, and look for them to keep this game very tight until the final minutes.
PICK = Cowboys +7 (-120)