A monumental mid-season match-up sees the Green Bay Packers visit Jerry World and the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow afternoon. The Cowboys represent the Packers toughest test to date, and could be a possible playoff preview. This game represents a fantastic litmus test for the organization to test where the team is through the first five weeks of the season. A win could spur the Packers towards the playoffs and Super Bowl contention. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will look to reach in his bag of tricks and provide Packers fans with yet another memorable moment.
With the news that star wideout Davante Adams will miss the crucial clash after suffering a turf toe injury last week, other weapons will have to step up. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is off to a roaring start in his second campaign, and should be Rodgers number one target on Sunday. However, MVS has never had the WR1 role. The ball should be spread around nicely and other targets will need to be ready. Geronimo Allison has quietly put together a solid quarter-year. Number 81 looks fresh, and as bouncy as ever, soaring through the air to make some fantastic catches over the past few weeks. Jimmy Graham should see extended use. Can he finally become the red-zone stiletto that was promised? And don’t forget about number 16. The flowing locks of Jake Kumerow will be waving all over Cowboys defensive backs on Sunday afternoon. Look for at least one Kumerow shining moment.
The Packers best chance at success is looking to establish the ground game through third year back Aaron Jones. Jones and the entire rushing attack struggled mightily versus Philadelphia, and will need to get back on track in Dallas. A balanced Packers offense is integral to success against Dallas. Look for rookie Dexter Williams to make his first appearance after Jamaal Williams scary head injury against the Eagles. Dexter is a perfect fit in the new outside zone scheme, and will have an immediate impact on Sunday. He could easily be the spark-plug that drives the Packers towards a momentous victory.
Ultimately, this game will come down to Aaron Rodgers ability to dissect Kris Richard’s straightforward defense. Richard, along with veteran defensive line coach Rod Marinelli employ a dangerous pass-rushing group. However, the back end has time and time again been unable to guard the Packers receivers and shut down the passing attack. Without Davante Adams, the Cowboys will be unable to key on any one weapon. The running game will be the key to success in this game. If Aaron Jones and Dexter Williams are rolling, look for the Packers to lead early and show the league just how good they really are. Packers 28 Cowboys 20Nick is a lifelong Packers fan. 4th and 26 was on his 13th birthday, unlucky. Follow him @CANDRAFTGEEK647 on Twitter for all your Packers draft needs and questions.