Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (-6.5, 53 o/u)
Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers (1:05 p.m. Eastern on FOX) is perhaps the marquee matchup of the weekend. The two storied franchises will battle for a spot in the NFC championship.
The 12-4 Packers are certainly happy to have home-field advantage, but even a bye week wasn’t enough time to fully heal All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Reports surfaced this week that Rodgers has a partial tear in his calf, but he will nonetheless play on Sunday.
“No, I’m going Sunday,” Rodgers said. “Just a matter of how.”
“There’s no question he will play, but there’s also no question he will not be 100 percent,” explained a doctor who is familiar with Rodgers’ injury. “The question is whether he’ll be 95 percent or 50 percent.”
Green Bay will rely heavily on its offensive line to keep Rodgers upright and to kick-start the ground game. Getting running back Eddie Lacy going is perhaps the key to victory.
Dallas advanced to play the Packers after beating Detroit in a controversial Wild Card game. The Cowboys were predicted to breeze past the Lions as eight-point favorites, but they needed some missed calls – and one reversed call – in the fourth quarter to eke out a 24-20 win.
With that said, Dallas has some serious momentum, particularly following its sterling 8-0 record on the road this year. That unbeaten record largely reflects the team’s ability to run the ball and control the clock.
But traveling to Green Bay in January is a completely different monster. “We don’t pay attention to them being 8-0 on the road because they haven’t come here and beaten us here at Lambeau, but it’s going to be a tough matchup and we understand that,” said Green Bay defensive back Micah Hyde.
The Packers are currently a 6.5-point favorite for Sunday with the over/under at 53.
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