Cowboys vs. Packers: A trip down memory lane – Shane Taylor, Inside The Star

The Cowboys have learned never to take the Packers lightly.

I don’t care how hard Aaron Rodgers is this season, and it might be the worst start to his career, but he’s 7-3 against the Cowboys, which includes two wins in the playoffs.

Over the years, this game has been the one that kept me on my toes; the two teams have not met since season 2019but whenever I think of a game against the Packers, I’m sure you can guess what two years comes to mind.

The 2014 and 2016 seasons were two of my favorite Dallas Cowboys teams over the years, the two that I thought had the chance to do something special.

I remember them both well, and of course Aaron Rodgers finished the season in the dividing tower both times.

Dez Bryant caught that ball in the 2014 playoffs.

Dallas lost 26-21 after taking a two-point lead; DeMarco Murray put Dallas up 21-13 late in the third quarter, and that was the last time the Cowboys scored.

It would have been nice if the catch rule was what it is now in 2022 because the Cowboys would have finished that drive with a touchdown and could have won it all year.

The other is from 2016 season, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliottrookie year.

The Cowboys beat the Packers in Week 6 of that year, 30-16, but in the playoffs Aaron Rodgers found a way to beat them again.

The American Game of the Week is a homecoming for Mike McCarthy.

Lambeau Field has been a house of horrors for Team USA, with the Cowboys losing nine of 11 visits to the legendary Green Bay Packers stadium. From the infamous Ice Bowl in 1967, to the lackluster 45-7 loss that got Wade Phillips fired mid-season in 2010, to Dez Bryant’s controversial catch-non-catch in the 2015 playoff loss, the “frozen tundra” has generally been inhospitable to the Cowboys.

Heading east from Wisconsin in November can still be risky – freezing? – proposal, but next weekend the Cowboys and coach Mike McCarthy may well catch the Packers at a comfortable time.

Forecasts on Sunday call for temperatures in the mid-30s with clear skies. The outlook for the struggling Packers couldn’t be more rosy.

McCarthy, who coached the Packers to a Super Bowl championship during his 13-year career, won’t acknowledge his former team when he returns to Green Bay as an opposing coach since he was fired in 2018.

“Believe me: I’m the last person who wants to create a distraction or questions for anyone else,” McCarthy told The Star Monday afternoon in Frisco. “I am very grateful for the time I spent there. But you have to prepare to go and win a match. That’s where I think about this game.

Cowboys’ HC Mike McCarthy on Odell Beckham Jr. rumors: I’m a ‘big fan of him’ – Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report

Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. has more fans in Dallas than Jerry Jones.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of his. … I just heard so many great and great things about him,” he said. told reporters In Monday.

However, he added, “We really like our receiver group.”

It looks like the Cowboys could be in the game.

On Sunday, NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported that Beckham is “firmly on the Cowboys’ radar, sources say, and they should be in the mix when he’s ready to pick his team after fully recovering from a ACL tear.”

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer added that Beckham should be “completely cleared” in his injury recovery by the end of the week and that teams like the Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Los Rams Angeles should be in the running for his services.

5 things to watch in the second half of the Cowboys’ season: NFC Grand-Open race heats up – Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News

Can the Cowboys offense build on their 49-point performance before the bye?

The offense resumes

In 2021, the Cowboys offense was the best in the NFL. Today, the figures are radically different. After eight games in 2022, Dallas is producing 5.4 yards per play compared to last season when it averaged 6.5 for the same number of games. Last season, Dallas scored 30 or more points four times in the first eight weeks of the year. This year, he has scored 30 or more points only once. Dallas has run fewer games (474) right now compared to 2021 (488).

McCarthy said the attack needed the ball more to keep the game clock running so they could control the game. That didn’t happen for several reasons, starting with the loss of Dak Prescott at quarterback. Still, Prescott’s return to the Bears’ game before the bye week resulted in a season high in points (49), total yards (442) and rushing yards (242).

Dallas also scored on its first four offensive possessions. Whether that’s attributed to Prescott finding a niche at quarterback after missing five games, producing running back Tony Pollard (three touchdowns in the Bears game) or offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, it’s something to lean on.

The Cowboys also used an up-tempo offense earlier in the game against the Bears, something to watch as we enter the second half of the season.

This Cowboys CB needs to step up in the second half of the season – Mitch Larson, The Landry Hat

The bye week came at the perfect time for the Cowboys secondary to get healthy, but they still need deep players to get stronger.

When the Cowboys selected cornerback Kelvin Joseph with the 44th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, expectations were naturally high. Joseph showed great ball skills at Kentucky and LSU, and his high draft pedigree indicated how much confidence the Cowboys had in him to be an early contributor.

Joseph showed his ball-peddling ability frequently in college and the hope was that he would combine forces with Trevon Diggs to give Dallas two tight corners on the outside. However, so far, Joseph has not kept his end of that bargain at all.

Eighteen games at the professional level is not a large enough sample to definitively label a player as a bust. However, it’s pretty safe to say at this point that Joseph didn’t get the start of his career that neither he nor the Cowboys would have liked.

In a rookie season largely overshadowed by injuries, Joseph played 10 games, started only two and failed to record an interception or make a meaningful impression. He was looking to get back on track in his second season. But, after an off-season dominated by controversy off the pitchit hasn’t happened yet.

So far in 2022, Joseph has been largely relegated to special teams, playing just 3% of the team’s defensive snaps, compared to 83% of the Cowboys’ special teams snaps. Joseph has been solid on special teams, but he’s struggled to carve out anything resembling a consistent role on the Dallas defense. There have been four games this season where Joseph hasn’t even managed to enter the field for a single defensive snap.

2022 NFL schedule: Game-by-game predictions for Cowboys after goodbye – KD Drummond, The Cowboys Wire

The Cowboys can’t afford a disappointment at the Packers, but the path to surpassing the Eagles is still narrow.

Week 10: Away vs. Green Bay Packers, 11/3, 3:25 p.m. Central. FOX

The Packers are slipping, but it’s so hard to imagine them losing six games in a row.

But we are.

The Cowboys win, 31-21 to improve to 7-2.

Week 16: Home vs. Philadelphia EaglesSaturday, 12/24 3:25 p.m., FOX

The payback ! But Dallas does not win. Yes, this will anger any Cowboys fan to read, but in line with our preseason prediction, the Eagles are sweeping regular season matchups.

The Cowboys lose 31-27, fall to 12-3.

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