While the team they’re jockeying for the NFC East lead with might get a break by avoiding 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, the Dallas Cowboys might also get lucky Sunday by avoiding 2011 MVP Aaron Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers come to town.
Rodgers, who has been out since Week 10 with a collarbone injury, has been practicing but still hadn’t been cleared as of noon ET Friday. A reported meeting with doctors is expected to tip the scales one way or the other by the time the weekend arrives.
Still, can anyone stop anybody here? The Cowboys might truly have the worst defense in the league, and now they’re facing Green Bay on short rest. But the Packers D has given up at least 26 points in seven of their last eight games.
So expect a shootout in Big D, regardless of who’s throwing passes for the visiting team. Here’s our final preview of the matchup from Dallas’ perspective, along with a prediction…
With all the talk about how horrible the Cowboys defense has been this year, and the records they are on pace to set for poor defensive play, they have actually had a few games this year where they have performed very well on Defense. In fact, of their 13 games they have allowed 21 or fewer points 5 times. In addition to this, the team gave up 23 points to the Vikings and 24 to the Raiders which included a fumble recovery for a TD by the Raiders on the opening kickoff. So as historically bad as this defense has looked at times, they have definitely had games where they played very well, particularly after they’ve had an especially bad performance the week prior. In 2 games this year (Denver, New Orleans), the Cowboys gave up a total of 100 points, however in the subsequent 2 weeks following each of those games, (Washington, Philadelphia, New York, & Oakland), the Cowboys have given up a total of 64 points (16 pts/game), forcing 8 turnovers, and sacking the opposing QB 8 times.