The Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys meet Sunday in Arlington, Texas in the NFC Divisional Playoffs with a trip to the NFC Championship Game at stake. Led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers closed out the regular season with six consecutive victories and a big win over the Giants. One I’m sure Giants fans won’t forget. I think the Pack can beat the Cowboys and here’s three reasons why.
Over the last seven games, Aaron Rodgers has passed for 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Against the Giants, after a frustrating 1st half, Rodgers completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns. It will be tough for the Cowboys to overcome a Rodgers performance that even approaches Sunday's level of proficiency. The Cowboys survived this season because of a dominant offense and a bend-but-don't-break defense. If the Cowboys are unable to generate consistent pressure against Rodgers, the savvy veteran will carve up a vulnerable secondary that’s not as good as the Giants were.
The Packers' secondary, including safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett along with cornerbacks Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall, stifled and frustrated Giants receivers Sunday with tight coverage and physical hits. Many said the secondary wasn’t that good. Tell that to Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz. Look out Dez Bryant.
The Packers have only turned the ball over one time over the last seven games. Over the seven-game winning streak, Rodgers and the Packers beat four playoff teams and a critical component to that success was protecting the football. By contrast, the Cowboys have turned the ball over eight times in the past six weeks.
The Packers didn’t start Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Giants that well, but they finished it looking like one of the most dangerous teams left in the playoffs.. Dallas and the New England Patriots have been the NFL’s best teams for most of the season. But the best team doesn’t always win in the playoffs. Sometimes the hottest team can roar through the postseason and to the Super Bowl. The Packers did in 2010 and I believe they can back to the big game again. Packers 24 Cowboys 20.
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