The Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers. In this week’s Huddle with Thrill, we will take a look at the matchup and predict a winner.
Sunday night, the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys will take on the 3-1 Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Last week, the Cowboys suffered their first defeat 12-10 at the hands of the New Orleans Saints at the rowdy and raucous Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In the Thursday night game, the Packers took a rare home loss at Lambeau Field 34-27 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys took part in one of the most anticipated rematches of the young season when they faced the Saints. By contrast, last year’s 13-10 victory for the Cowboys was the worst offensive output of the season for quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints.
Fast forward to last week and the Cowboys had their worst offensive output of the year with struggles by quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and the majority of the offensive line. The loss was made worse due to the Saints being without the future Hall of Famer Brees.
Usually, due to the short turnaround resulting in abbreviated game plans, the Thursday night games are a display of bad offense, but the Packers and Eagles were the opposite. This game featured some really bad defense with the Eagles giving up 422 yards passing to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers giving up 176 yards to the Eagles’ committee of running backs.
This week is a very important early-season matchup for both teams as they seek to keep up their first-place standing in their respective divisions. Much like last week, this is a matchup of likely playoff teams, and these head to head results will be key in determining playoff seeding and home-field tiebreakers.
Even as the game was being played last week, it was clear there was something off about the Cowboys offense. It did not resemble what we had seen in the previous three weeks. I’ve heard several analysts give their take, and the key seems to be poor offensive line play. While that is certainly true, that’s not the whole story. There is plenty of blame to go around for such a lackluster effort from a group that has no excuses as I outlined in a previous story.
There won’t be any room for that as the Packers come to town. When the game is over, one of these teams will be 4-1. Will it be the Cowboys or the Packers? Let jump into the match up from an offensive, defensive, and special teams perspective then predict a final score.