Cowboys vs Packers Week 10: history, key players, projection

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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The Dallas Cowboys continue their stretch run of four straight games against the NFC North. After taking down the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers are next in line. After hosting the first two, the next two games take the ‘Boys up north to the Packers followed by the Minnesota Vikings.

At 6-2, the Cowboys have stamped themselves as an NFC contender right there with the Philadelphia Eagles. With the NFC East still in striking distance, they cannot afford a slip-up with the Eagles two games ahead of them.

The Packers sit at a very surprising 3-6 record after losing their fifth straight game of the season. This skid is the worst of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ career since his first season starting. With the Vikings having a stranglehold on the NFC North, the Packers are in dangerous territory.

With this game set for 3:25 pm CT on FOX as America’s Game of the Week, there is plenty to get into with this matchup. Everything from their storied history, to a few key players, and ending with a prediction is included.

Cowboys vs Packers: History, key matchups, and prediction

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /

Cowboys vs Packers: Matchup History

All-time Record: 20-17 in favor of the Green Bay Packers (4-4 in the playoffs)

Most recent result: Green Bay Packers 34, Dallas Cowboys 24 on October 6, 2019

Where do you start with the history of this matchup? Two of the NFL’s most storied and well-known franchises have had their fair share of historical matchups. The playoffs have seen eight contests between the two and often contain a flare for the dramatic.

Starting this rivalry off is the famous Ice Bowl in 1967’s NFL Championship game. At kickoff inside Lambeau Field, it was -13 degrees outside yet 50,000 fans packed the stadium. The Packers went on to win 21-17 to claim the NFL title.

In recent memory, the Cowboys have suffered more heartbreak at the hands of the Packers. In a 2014 NFC playoff game, fans thought Dez Bryant had made one of his patented acrobatic catches only for it to be ruled incomplete, which has since been unanimously proven the incorrect call.

Even more recently, the Cowboys hosted the Packers in the 2017 playoffs. Dak Prescott stood toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers and threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns to Rodgers’ two.  The Cowboys nailed a field goal with 0:35 left to tie the game at 31 and had nearly everyone thinking overtime was looming. Rodgers had other plans. He completed a 35-yard pass down the sidelines to Jared Cook with 0:03 left which set up a game-winning field goal kick by Mason Crosby.