As the Green Bay Packers (3-1) prepare to host the Dallas Cowboys (4-1) it is time for my “Fast 5 Pack Facts.”
#1 Run Dominance: The Packers have the NFL’s #1 run defense. The Cowboys have the #1 run offense. Green Bay’s 42.8 ypg allowed through 4 contests are the fewest in league history. The Cowboys rushed for 180 yards last week. The Packers have given up 171 all season. Ezekiel Elliott had a long run of 60 yards last week. Green Bay has given up no more than 50 total in any single game this season. Historic numbers for NFL rushing leaders (ypg allowed) in the last 10 years: 81.5, 69.3, 84.4, 77.3, 62.8, 83.3, 76.9, 74.1, 66.6
#2 Dak’s Ball Security: Aaron Rodgers already has 3 INT this year, but Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott has 0 this year in leading Dallas to a 4-1 start. His 155 pass attempts without an interception are an NFL rookie record.
#3 Thin at RB: Packers running back Eddie Lacy will be trying to play on a gimpy ankle this week, and FOX Sports Jay Glazer reported this morning that James Starks had knee surgery today and will be out for at least a few weeks. With fullback Aaron Ripkowski as the only other running back option, look for the Packers to get creative in the run game if Lacy isn’t able to shoulder a heavy load.
#4 Familiar Foe: The Packers and Cowboys are NOT in the same division, but they will be meeting for a 4th straight season. Green Bay has won the last 3. Dallas is the only non-NFC North team that the Packers have faced in each of the last 4 years.
#5 Adams Gains Confidence: 3rd-year WR Davante Adams has already tied his career high with 3 TD catches through 5 games. 2 have been of the WOW variety. He has made gains in almost every statistical category, perhaps most importantly in the confidence department.
Adams this week:“It’s just natural. Once you start rolling and feeling good, you go out there and you don’t think anymore. You just play. I think that definitely is what’s going on with me right now.”
Prediction: Packers 34, Cowboys 20
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