In the Future…Week 15

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Let’s all keep this in mind as we prepare for Week 15 of the season: the Pack is still darn near even with the Lions and Bears. If the Pack can take advantage of the Dallas defense, they at least keep pace with their division rivals, and the slightest slip by the Bears or Lions put the Pack in striking distance of the NFC North title. As crazy as that sounds. How likely is that to happen? Well…let’s look at a few potential scenarios.

 

Scenario #1

Dallas 35 Green Bay 27

Dez Bryant went off for 3 touchdowns and over 150 yards as the Cowboys stayed in the NFC East title hunt with a win over Green Bay. The Cowboys defense held up just well enough to hold the victory late in the game, despite giving up over 430 yards to the Packers, including 200 yards on the ground to Eddie Lacy and James Starks.

The Cowboys fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter, but Tony Romo seemed to have a little skill and a little luck on his side to help his team explode for 21 points on their last three drives of the first half. The Packers kept it close, scoring again on each end of the half, but a late third quarter touchdown put Dallas up 28-20 seemed to seal the game. The crowd grew rowdy and the defense seemed to run through the Packer O-Line like a hot knife through butter throughout the fourth quarter.

 

Scenario #2

Green Bay 34 Dallas 31

The Packers wiggled their way to victory again, slipping away from Dallas late in the fourth quarter to pull off a needed victory to keep them in playoff contention. The Packers and Cowboys exchanged the lead throughout the game until Eddie Lacy broke away from tacklers for a 15 yard touchdown run.

Lacy finished with 90 yards rushing, just beating his counterpart DeMarco Murray, who finished with 85 yards on the ground. Matt Flynn threw for 260 yards and hit Jordy Nelson 7 times for 85 yards. Dez Bryant led the Cowboys in receiving with 75 yards receiving, but hurt his team late in the first half with a fumble, likely costing his team at least a field goal.

 

Scenario #3

Dallas 24 Green Bay 20

The Packers/Cowboys game became a “whodathunkit” game where both teams’ defenses stepped up to make multiple plays and create several turnovers. Both Quarterbacks, with prime matchups against struggling defenses, wound up throwing a pair of picks each and under 220 yards each.

The Cowboys took the lead late in the first quarter on a DeMarco Murray touchdown run. The Packers managed a field goal before halftime. The Pack came back in the third quarter with a Flynn-to-Bostick touchdown pass to take the lead, but Tony Romo came back with touchdown passes to Terrence Williams and Jason Witten late in the quarter to put Dallas up 21-10. Green Bay lost out on a great chance to score a touchdown after a big return by Micah Hyde in the fourth, settling for a field goal to make it a one score game, but the Cowboys held the Pack off long enough to pull out the win.

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By David Bobke

UWM Grad, Former Statistician of the Milwaukee Mustangs

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