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Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers - Divisional Round

Without a doubt, this will be the best game of the weekend, and possibly the best game we'll see in the playoffs this year. Both teams have firepower on offense and both teams struggle on defense. It's Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten vs. Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Whoever makes more plays and less mistakes will walk away victorious.

Against arguably the best defense in the NFL last week the Cowboys were able to squeak out a 24-20 win against the Lions. Tony Romo was 19-31 for 293 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INTs. However he was sacked 6 times, and a few of those sacks took the Cowboys out of field goal position. That seems to be a trend with Romo lately, he'd rather take the sack than force a throw that could possibly turn into a turnover and that's why the Cowboys are rolling.

Last week I predicted Murray would run for 85 yards on 20 carries and he ended up running for 75 on 19 carries with a TD. Things will change this week because the Packers rank 23rd against the run giving up 120 yards per game on the ground. The Cowboys should lean on Murray in this one for 2 reasons. First, he's going to have success and second, it will keep Rodgers and the Packers offense on the sidelines. Keeping Rodgers off the field is one of the only ways to beat Green Bay.

Dez Bryant will have to do a better job at getting open, as he only recorded 3 catches for 48 yards last week. Dallas cannot rely on Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley to make big plays for a second straight week. Dez and Jason Witten will have to get it done if Dallas is trailing.

The Packers defense will do all they can to keep the Cowboys in third and longs and force the Cowboys to punt the ball. They need to give Rodgers as many opportunities as possible because when he's on the field, he makes things happen in a hurry.

Dallas has the 26th ranked pass defense which is bad news. Rodgers finished the season with 4,381 yards, with 38 touchdowns and just 5 INTs. Rodgers should have a field day picking apart the Cowboys secondary and I see both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb going for over 100 yards and a touchdown a piece.

Eddie Lacy could be the x factor in this game. If Green Bay has a lead late in the game, the team can feed the ball to Lacy to run through the Dallas defense and help run out the clock. Dallas does have a good run defense but if Rodgers wears them out early on, then Lacy should be fresh late in the game which isn't good for Dallas.

Dallas is 8-0 on the road and Green Bay is 8-0 at home this year. Somebody will get their first loss this weekend. This game could be decided by a late turnover and we all know Rodgers doesn't throw interceptions at home. Is this the week Romo makes the big mistake that costs the Cowboys their season? I believe so.

Give me Dallas +6 and the over of 52.5

Prediction - Green Bay 34 Dallas 30

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