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October 17 2017, 09:23 | Olive Rios
Stacy Revere Getty Images Ty Montgomery during Thursday night's win over the Chicago Bears
The Packers had the lead heading into the fourth quarter but ended up losing 38-27.
Will the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys light up the scoreboard when the two NFC rivals meet up this Sunday at 4:25PM ET? When these two teams met in Texas in the postseason a year ago, Green Bay won 34-31 as a 5-point underdog. Against Green Bay such a strategy is huge as it keeps Rodgers on on the sidelines watching the game. This is an absolute revenge game. Dak Prescott has just 3 interceptions in four games but he only had 4 interceptions all of last season.
One of the four sacks Irving collected last season came in their first matchup against Green Bay.
Tied with the Lions atop the NFC North at 3-1, the Packers should consider themselves lucky that their schedule has been somewhat generous thus far, combined with the fact that, although their injury list is extensive, it hasn't completely undone them.
Dak Prescott airing the ball down the field.
At the moment, Elliott has the ninth most rushing yardage in the league; his average run, however, is a middling 3.6 yards.
Aaron Rodgers continues to torch opposing defenses.
The Green Bay Packers are looking to win their third straight game.
Bakhtiari's return to practice could be a sign he'll be back for the Dallas game, but both offensive linemen must get through a padded practice Thursday and a less rigorous practice Saturday before getting cleared to return. They are 20-of-52 while allowing 26-of-58 on defense. Meanwhile, the Cowboys may or may not be without the quarterback of their defense in Sean Lee. The absence of defensive backs Nolan Carroll and Chidobe Awuzie didn't help either.
On one hand, it's an intra-conference game against a likely playoff contender.
For the Cowboys, it's a play they'd like to forget, even though it received national recognition as the 2017 ESPY Play of the Year. Bryant's best game last season came in the playoffs against the Packers when he exploited Randall for nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. But with a below-average defense the Cowboys are extremely reliant on the offense to produce points.
Quarterback Dak Prescott has taken most of the blame as every quarterback does, but I do not believe it is his play that has inhibited the offense. Offensively, Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott were outplayed by Los Angeles' Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, and that should motivate them big-time to bounce back against the Packers. So the Dallas Cowboys will present a much tougher challenge in week 5. However, the Packers have won six of their last seven games against Dallas, and they've covered the spread in five of those games. Time is the key because the Cowboys can apply pressure. But with Aaron Rodgers under center, the Pack should have little problem doing that this Sunday. And they've been able to put together long drives because they've converted 49.1 percent of their third downs, which ranks third in the NFL.
This will certainly be an exciting game as revenge has to be on the Cowboys' minds.
The Cowboys lost three starters - CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr and SS Barry Church - in free agency and their secondary remains a work in progress. With the injury concerns on the offensive line for the Packers, Irving's return may be the ideal medicine for the pass rush minus DeMarcus Lawrence. I'm feeling a lot better than I felt on Thursday.