The Dallas Cowboys visit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Green Bay may be Dallas’ biggest test of the season after a 4-1 start. The Cowboys have been rolling at home, but heading to Green Bay will test a young quarterback. What should you expect from this big-time matchup?
1. Dez Bryant will play, but it will only be a decoy
The Cowboys have been hopeful all week the star wide receiver would play this week against the Packers. Bryant has been working on the side and in individual drills in practice. With that in mind, Bryant will dress and be on the field for offensive snaps against Green Bay. However, it’s only going to be a handful of snaps and Dallas will use his presence to go over the top to another receiver or set up a big run.
2. Dak Prescott will finally throw an interception, but not before setting a NFL record
It won’t happen in his first 7 pass attempts and the rookie quarterback will pass the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady in the record books with at least 162 attempts to start a career without an interception. However, his first career interception is going to happen this week in Green Bay. The Cowboys are going to open up the passing playbook at some point and Prescott is going to have to make more difficult throws. Mistakes are going to happen, but the Cowboys are going to learn about their rookie quarterback after that mistake and see how he responds.
3. Alfred Morris runs for a 60-plus yard touchdown
Ezekiell Elliott has been the Cowboys main running back and drawing attention across the league, which means defensive coordinators have also been keying on him. Green Bay’s run defense has improved against the run this season, but the combination of defenders taking a break when Elliott heads to the sideline and Dallas’ dominant offensive line will lead to a highlight reel touchdown for Morris.
Players to watch
1. Aaron Rodgers
This seems pretty obvious, right? Well sometimes the simple answer is the right one. Rodgers continues to be one of the best passers in the NFL, even if he’s had some subpar moments this season. Rodgers also shows up as a big game quarterback and he has a history of winning key games against Dallas in Lambeau.
2. Jason Witten
The Cowboys tight end and stiff arm aficionado has been the Cowboys leader and continues to play a key role in the Prescott-led offense. Dallas’ run-heavy approach works better with the threat of Witten over the middle of the field and his ability to act as a safety valve for Prescott when he needs it. With Green Bay bringing heavy pressure on the rush, Prescott will need Witten to be that consistent target.
3. Jordy Nelson
Nelson is having a down year, but the big play ability is still there. He is the receiver the Packers have that can make plays down the field. Rodgers is not afraid to throw him the ball at any point of the field. Brandon Carr was outstanding against him during the playoffs in 2014. They will need the same type of effort from him and Morris Claiborne.