The Dallas Cowboys will look to extend their winning streak to five games with a trip to the not-so-frozen tundra of Green Bay.
This game looks to be won in the trenches, the irresistible force versus the immovable object.
Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the league with 546 yards rushing. Last week against Cincinnati he ran for 134 yards on only 15 carries, highlighted by an electric 60 yard sprint for six.
However the Packers boast the NFL’s stiffest defense against the run game, holding opponents to 42 yards per contest and a remarkable 1.9 yards per carry.
“They’re physical, they’re tough up the middle,” Elliott said Wednesday. “They’ve got a lot of great players over there. The most physical team wins the game.”
Former UNC All-American Julius Peppers and All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews lead the Packers linebacker corps.
“They’re just a good defensive team and they stop the run really, really well,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “The linebackers are around the football.”
The Dallas defense will have to worry about perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’s coming off a 259 yard, 2 TD, 2 INT performance in Sunday night’s 23-16 win against the New York Giants.
”It’s about stacking up wins, we’ve got two more games at home,” Rodgers said. “We gotta take care of business at home before we head back on the road.“
Rodgers has also taken notice of Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who has yet to throw an interception this season.
“Dak’s in a good spot, with Jason as his coach and a good supporting veteran cast with a good offensive line. He obviously has the right makeup to make it work, it’s got to be fun for him to have success and play the way he’s playing as a rookie.”
Prediction Time: The Dallas run game finally hits a roadblock, as the Packers defense holds Elliott to under 100 yards and keeps him out of the endzone. Prescott throws his first career interception, and Rodgers lights up the Dallas secondary as the Packers roll 31-17.