Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13
Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -7.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 See the Latest Odds
The Green Bay Packers travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Sunday.
The Packers improved to 6-6-1 on the year after beating the Atlanta Falcons at home 22-21 last weekend. Green Bay gained 334 total yards and turned the ball over two times in the win. QB Matt Flynn completed 24 of 32 passes for 258 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. RB Eddie Lacy rushed 20 times for 65 yards and WR Jordy Nelson caught 4 balls for 85 yards. The Packers defense allowed only 285 yards against the Falcons and forced 2 turnovers. On the year, Lacy has 887 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, while Nelson has 1,046 yards on 67 grabs with 7 touchdowns for the Packers. Green Bay is averaging over 265 yards passing, which ranks 9th in the league, and they average over 128 yards per game rushing, which ranks 10th in the league. Defensively, the Packers have been below average all year, ranking 21st in pass defense (246.8 per game) and 25th in rush defense (122.6 per game). The Packers have been a mess since Aaron Rodgers went down with a shoulder injury. In my opinion, Rodgers should be handed the MVP Award based on the lack of production and the drop off in overall value of the team without him on the field. Having said that, Green Bay will still give everything they have to stay in the playoff race on the road this weekend; the Packers are 2-4 away from home this year.
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The Dallas Cowboys dropped to 7-6 on the year after losing at Chicago 45-28 on Monday night. The Cowboys only gained 328 total yards, most of which came in the final two drives when the game was already out of reach. Dallas only had the ball for 23 minutes and managed only 130 passing yards in the loss. Tony Romo completed 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards. DeMarco Murray was the lone bright spot for Dallas, rushing 18 times for 146 yards. Dez Bryant had a 2-yard touchdown catch, but that was just about it for the star receiver. The defense, especially the secondary, played awful once again for the Cowboys, giving up 490 total yards with 341 coming thru the air. On the year, Romo has passed for 3,244 yards and 27 touchdowns. Murray has rushed for 843 yards and 7 scores, while Bryant has caught 70 balls for 908 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a team, the Cowboys rank 15th in passing offense (234.6 per game) and 24th in rushing offense (93.8 per game). On defense, the Cowboys rank dead last in passing yards (298.5 per game) and 28th in rushing defense (128.4 per game). The Cowboys failed once again to win three straight games and have been inconsistent all year. On a positive note, the Cowboys will play at home this weekend where they are 5-1 on the year.
Green Bay has won three of the last five meetings with Dallas dating back to 2004. With Aaron Rodgers being questionable for the game it’s hard to pick who will win this game right now. However, I do think with or without Rodgers this will be a high scoring game. Flynn has shown he can throw the ball and put up big numbers. The Cowboys offense has scored at least 27 points in their last four home games and the defense has given up big numbers all year. I won’t pick a side on this game right now, but I do think the over is a great play in this game.