It feels like an eternity since the Dallas Cowboys won their third straight game, putting up nearly 50 points on the Chicago Bears in Week 8. Now, two weeks later, Dallas will travel north to face a rival in the slumping Green Bay Packers.
The Packers have won three consecutive division titles, have the back-to-back reigning MVP, and one of the most talented defenses in the NFC. When you consider all of these things, it is simply hard to believe Green Bay is sitting at 3-6.
The Packers enter their matchup with the Cowboys on a five-game losing streak, the longest active streak in the NFL. The most recent defeat, a 15-9 loss to the Lions, also included a collection of injuries and mishaps by Aaron Rodgers.
All of these facts are good news for Dallas. The bad news, however? Their history with the Packers, especially in recent years, has been rocky. From the playoff losses to the last-second defeats, Cowboys fans will never take the Packers lightly, no matter their record.
Despite being the betting favorite, many are skeptical if this Dallas team can really pull it off. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three key reasons the Cowboys don’t have to worry about the Packers in Week 10.
3 reasons the Cowboys don’t have to worry about the Packers
3. Well Rested vs Beat Up
To say the Packers are struggling with injuries would be the understatement of the century, and last week just added to their ridiculous injury report. From stars to depth pieces, almost every Packer is injured to some degree.
On the flip side, the Cowboys are coming off a full week of much-needed rest and healing from previous injuries. They are poised to get players like Sam Williams and Malik Hooker back, while potentially getting Ezekiel Elliott back on the field as well.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the health spectrum, to put it bluntly. The Packers have a staggering 17 players on the injury report as of Wednesday, and they have officially lost star pass-rusher, Rashan Gary, for the rest of the season from a torn ACL.
Not only is the injury difference a major player here, but the Cowboys are also fresh off their bye week, while Green Bay plays their 10th consecutive game. In fact, the Packers don’t get a break until Week 14, while facing tough teams like the Titans and Eagles in the process.
The health of both teams, or lack thereof in the case of the Packers, will play a huge role on Sunday. If both teams play their best, it is hard to see a world where the Cowboys lose simply because of the talent missing for Green Bay this week.