Green Bay Packers (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 8, 2017, 4:25 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -2 -- Over/Under: 52.5
One of the marquee matchups in week 5 on Sunday afternoon, pits the Green Bay Packers against the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium in NFL action.
The Green Bay Packers will look to build off of back-to-back wins, including a 35-14 victory over the Bears in week 4’s edition of Thursday Night Football to improve to 3-1 this season Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of his 26 pass attempts for 179 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. Aaron Jones led the Packers’ ground attack with 13 carries for 49 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Jordy Nelson led the receivers with 75 yards and a pair of TD grabs on 4 receptions. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams each grabbed a TD as well, before Adams left due to a vicious hit from Bears’ linebacker Danny Trevathan. Martellus Bennett also hauled in a team-high 6 grabs in the win. Green Bay’s defense combined for a sack, a pair of interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, all while holding the Bears to 308 yards of total offense in the win.
The Dallas Cowboys will look to bounce back after falling back to .500 at 2-2 with a 35-30 loss to the Rams in week 4. Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 20 of 36 passing, while Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown with his 21 carries. Alfred Morris contributed 76 yards on a pair of carries as well. Dez Bryant led the team with 5 catches for 98 yards, while the aforementioned Elliott caught 4 balls for 54 yards and a touchdown. James Hanna and Brice Butler each added a TD grab of their own in the win. Demarcus Lawrence’s sack and forced fumble were the lone highlights in an otherwise disappointing defensive outing from Dallas, as the Cowboys allowed 412 yards of total offense in the loss.
Green Bay is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the NFC while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Dallas is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the NFC. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not sure how the loss of Adams will affect the Packers if he can’t play, but Dallas blew a prime chance to be 3-1 and that was at full offensive force. The Packers just have a weird way of making things work, and the road team has had the bulk of the success against the spread in this matchup, so I’ll take Green Bay and the points in a game I think the Pack win outright.