Dallas (4-8) at Green Bay (8-4)
When: Sunday, December 13th 2015
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: FOX
The Green Bay Packers host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon in hopes of keeping their lead in the NFC North. The Packers won an improbable game last Thursday night when Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary landed in the arms of tight end Richard Rodgers to give Green Bay a 27-23 win over Detroit. That put the Packers in a tie with Minnesota in the division, but the Vikings lost this past Thursday, so Green Bay could be in first place all by themselves with a victory today. Eddie Lacey seems to be ready to regain the bulk of the rushing duties this week after carrying the ball only five times last week after missing a curfew. He ran for 205 yards on just 39 carries the previous two weeks and should do well in our Fantasy Lineup this week. Green Bay’s defense has been playing well most of the year and ranks 6th in points allowed with 19.8. They’ve allowed less than 20 points in three of their last four games and held the Lions to just six second half points last week. Rodgers has been spreading the ball around more without Jordy Nelson this season. James Jones (7 TDs), Randall Cobb (6), and Richard Rodgers (6) have 19 of Rodgers’ 26 touchdown passes. Green Bay will look to put away the Vikings in the next two weeks, so that their final game of the season against Minnesota doesn’t have to mean anything. It’ll be tough as the Packers head to Oakland and Arizona the next two weeks.
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If you look at the standings, you’ll see the Saints at 4-8, but eight games behind Carolina in the division. Dallas has the same exact record, but are only one game out of the division lead. The NFC East has just been dreadful this season. Whoever wins that division will win it by default and crazy enough, will get a home playoff game. Dallas kept their season alive on Monday night with a 19-16 overtime win at Washington. It was the Cowboys’ first victory this season without Tony Romo. Matt Cassel was an effective 16-for-29 for 223 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown, but also didn’t turn the ball over. It was just an ugly offensive game all around, but Dallas’ defense did look pretty good. They have the 5th ranked defense in the NFL and are also 5th against the pass, which will be key today against Rodgers. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has four sacks in his last four games to lead the defense. The running game really needs a boost as Darren McFadden has rushed for just 64 yards over the last two weeks. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is having a terrible season with only 26 receptions in seven games and only two touchdowns.
Green Bay is coming off a huge win and 10 days rest, while the Cowboys had to go to overtime just six days ago. The Packers are the better team anyway, so laying 7 is not a problem for me.
Pick: Packers -7