TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Weather: High 49, Low 30
After losing Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury, the Green Bay Packers have struggled mightily to stay above water. Winning just one game since the star quarterback went down with an injury, the Packers are now fighting for their playoff lives and will likely need to win out to have a chance at the postseason. Matt Flynn has been filling in for the star quarterback in his absence after Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace failed in their time filling in. Jordy Nelson still leads the team in receiving even with Rodgers likely out for yet another week, catching 67 passes for 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Eddie Lacy is having a solid rookie campaign, rushing for 887 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Dallas Cowboys are now fighting for their playoff lives as well after losing the division lead to the Philadelphia Eagles this week after a blowout loss on Monday night to the Chicago Bears. Dallas has been led by Tony Romo all season long and it seems like he is getting most of the blame for the Cowboys’ inconsistent play — even though their defense is one of the worst in the league. Romo has passed for 3,244 yards and 27 touchdowns on the year, hitting Dez Bryant 70 times for 908 yards and 10 scores while veteran tight end Jason Witten is also having a solid year, catching 55 passes for 632 yards and seven scores. The run game is underrated behind DeMarco Murray‘s 843 yards and seven touchdowns — the play-calling is predominantly pass.
Defensively, both the Packers and Cowboys have struggled this season. Green Bay ranks in the lower-tier of the league in nearly every major category, ranking 20th in points allowed, 21st in both passing yards and total yards allowed and 25th in rushing yards allowed. Dallas has one of the worst passing defenses in recent memory, ranking dead-last in both passing yards and total yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Packers 20, Cowboys 35
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