Packers Can’t Afford to Overlook Dallas Cowboys

Aaron Rodgers hail mary pass to Richard Rodgers may have saved the Green Bay Packers season — but a loss to the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday could just as quickly unravel it.

Just one week ago, Green Bay’s season was on the brink. The Packers were seconds away from another bad loss and a second straight loss to Detroit which would have dropped their record to 7-5. Yet, Aaron Rodgers pulled a rabbit out of his hat and now the Packers once again control their own destiny in the NFC North race.

But their last four games aren’t easy. This week it’s Dallas at home, then Oakland and Arizona on the road, before a season-ending home game against Minnesota.

With a two-game lead in the wildcard race over Atlanta and Tampa Bay, a playoff sport seems likely but a win against the Cowboys would go a long way to securing that berth.

Green Bay may have found a way to win last week but it wasn’t pretty. In fact, at times it was downright ugly. The Packers made numerous mental mistakes and the offense was horribly out of sync for much of the game. And if the Packers think they can just show up and defeat a Cowboys team that still clings to playoff hope — they are sorely mistaken.

But maybe the close call in Detroit woke this team up. They do a 10-day break between games thanks to playing last Thursday helps and head coach Mike McCarthy commented that his team appeared refreshed.

Refreshed sounds good — but I hope they are reinvigorated.

This offense may not be the highlight reel offense of last season but it doesn’t need to be. The Packers just need to be efficient. They need to run the ball, complete a high-percentage of passes and eliminate the damn drops. They need to push people around and impose their will. December football is here and it’s time the offense delivered for four quarters.

Defensively the Packers have been solid. They still need to force more turnovers and put more pressure on the quarterback but overall they have been playing good enough to win.

Dallas isn’t a great team but it does have talent. Dez Bryant, Darren McFadden, a great offensive line and a solid defense plus a good coaching staff equals a team that will not be beaten easily. Yes, the Cowboys have lost plenty of games this season, but many of them have been close and with the way the Packers have played recently, they can’t overlook anybody.

This Green Bay team may not be great — but it’s good enough to win. And that’s all this team needs to be over the next four weeks — good enough to win — starting Sunday against the Cowboys.

chris peterson

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