Week 5 What To Watch (Afternoon): Green Bay Packers v Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers v Dallas Cowboys. 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)| AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Two of the NFC’s prized possessions will meet on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are coming off losses entering into Sunday.

Despite Ezekiel Elliot becoming the highest paid running back in the NFL this season (six years $90 million). He hasn’t lived up to his expectations (or his price tag), struggling to get 35 yards on 18 carries against New Orleans last week.

On the other hand, Cowboys defense has been a surprise treat.  Dallas is the top pass-blocking team in the NFL the first four weeks, letting only three sacks in four games. But losing right tackle La’el Collins (back injury) and All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle injury) leaves weak spots in their line. The Cowboys defense has also only faced Eli Manning, Case Keenum, Josh Rosen and Teddy Bridgewater this season. Now it has to beat a healthy Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 422 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Eagles. How Dallas’s defense matches up against a quarterback of this caliber will be a tell-tale of how strong they actually are.

The Packers also have issues with injuries this week, as their top target wide receiver Davante Adams won’t be active (toe injury). This pushes up Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison and Jake Kumerow up a spot on the depth roster. It’s a group that’s overlooked and would be more appreciated on a team that doesn’t have a star like Adams. However, they must play outstandingly to scare a Cowboys defense, which ranks top 10 in the league for fewest passing yards allowed per game.

ODDS:

  • Spread: Cowboys -3.5
  • Over/Under: 47
  • Prediction: 24-17

This is a hard game to predict due to the injuries of key players. Green Bay has been soft in their rush defense this season, 29th in the league, allowing a dismal 5 yards per carry. Aaron Rodgers’ deep ball still isn’t something to take lightly. However, Dallas being at home after a loss is a factor we haven’t seen this season and should be a push that brings home a win.

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