The Green Bay Packers have won seven straight games, including Sunday’s 38-13 shellacking of the New York Giants.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the Packers must face the Cowboys in Dallas this Sunday. Dallas (13-3) beat the Packers, 30-16, in Green Bay in Week 6, as Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 157 yards and Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes.
Almost three months later, how similar will this match-up be Sunday?
“I don’t think there’s any difference,” former NFL executive and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb. “In fact, the corner position still is a major problem for Green Bay. If Dallas spreads them out and they run nickel with four down (linemen) and two linebackers, Dallas is going to be able run the ball on them again. They have to pick their poison here. You can’t cover Dez Bryant without two people. As I remember, Dez Bryant didn’t play in the last game, but he’s going to play in this game. So you have a dilemma there to double Bryant. But if they spread you and you’re in nickel, Dallas is just going to be able to run the ball. I think Dallas is going to win the game.”
Green Bay’s best chance of beating Dallas is to do what it did against New York: Score. And then score some more.
“This could be shootout, and they might be able to score more points,” Casserly said of the Packers. “That would be their formula to win.”
It’s hard to fault that startegy, especially given how well Aaron Rodgers has played over the last seven games. He has 20 touchdowns (19 pass, one rush) and zero interceptions.
“He’s on one of those streaks,” Casserly said. “We’ve seen great quarterbacks do it for a long time. He’s just on one of those streaks. He’s playing like he played at the MVP level before. Earlier in the year, this wasn’t the guy. Earlier in the year, this guy, I though he was jittery in the pocket, I thought he was coming off reads too soon, I thought he was missing balls he’d normally hit, and then every now and then, he’d hit one of those streaks where he was on the money – and then he’d just revert back to it. But somewhere in there, things changed, whether it was Jordy Nelson coming back and getting back to his form (or something else). But definitely, Aaron Rodgers is back to the Pro Bowl-MVP form that he’s had previous in his career.”
Kickoff on Sunday is at 4:40 p.m. ET.