Saturday, September 20, 2008

Let the trash talking begin

Week 3 match-up on Sunday night football.

Series: The Cowboys lead 11-10 in the regular season but have never won at Lambeau Field in five meetings, including playoffs. The Cowboys have won four of the six playoff games.

Let's go to the experts:

Matt Moseley, ESPN
Make no mistake. The Cowboys are going to come after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers early and often. For the past two games, defensive end Greg Ellis has been asked to drop back in coverage a lot more than usual. That's not going to happen against Rogers. It also helps the Cowboys that Terence Newman appears to be close to full strength. The Packers' receivers are the best in the league at running after the catch.

The Cowboys will try to put pressure on the Packers' secondary from the opening snap. This might sound like NFC East bias, but I smell a blowout. On paper, this is an unbelievable matchup.

But there's no way the Packers can hang with the Cowboys in a shootout, and that's what's going to happen. The Cowboys have some tape on Rodgers now. They played against him last season, and Rodgers played well in relief of an injured Brett Favre. Cowboys roll in this one.

ESPN's Madden '09 Simulation
Prediction: Dallas 24, Green Bay 23
A preview of the NFC championship? Could be as these two teams have started hotter than just about anyone else in the league, and this game went down to the final minute before it was decided.

The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead thanks to two Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes, but Dallas stormed back in the second quarter as Tony Romo threw two touchdowns of his own.

After trading field goals, Dallas trailed 23-17 late in the fourth until Tony Romo hit Terrell Owens with an 11-yard touchdown for the win with only 1:20 left on the clock. Definitely the game of the week.