The Packers confirmed Friday afternoon that they will indeed be without pro bowl wide receiver Davante Adams. This Sunday will be a huge opportunity for guys like MVS, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, and Darrius Shepherd. Maybe this will be the push Brian Gutekunst needs to make a deal for another WR at the trade deadline. Let’s face it; the Packers WR group with Davante has a lot of question marks. If they want to make a playoff run, they need to add another proven playmaker to pair with 17.
Running back Jamaal Williams took a gruesome hit in the first quarter last Thursday that resulted in him leaving the field on a stretcher. He suffered a concussion and has been in the concussion protocol since. He will not play on Sunday. Aaron Jones had to play the majority off the snaps last week. That could be a reason the running game was so ineffective. This could be a big opportunity for rookie running back Dexter Williams. He has been a healthy inactive the first four weeks so far.
The secondary will most likely be without Kevin King this week. He is no stranger to the injury report, but at least he made it to week five before missing a game. He was playing well opposite of Jaire Alexander so far this year. One good thing about this injury is it is not the shoulder he has had a lot of issues with in the past. Unfortunately it is a groin injury and those soft tissue injuries can linger. Number three cornerback Tony Brown is also out with hamstring injury. Look for guys like Josh Jackson and rookie Ka’dar Hollman to see meaningful snaps this week in place of those two.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga has been limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury that knocked him out of last Thursday’s game. All reports seem optimistic that he will be able to go on Sunday afternoon. That is important because slowing down the Cowboys pass rush will be no easy task even with both tackles.
The Packers have been getting shredded on the ground the last few weeks, and that trend may continue with Zeke Elliott looming on Sunday. Defensive lineman Montravious Adams has been limited all week and will be questionable for Sunday. He won’t cure the Packers woes when it comes to stopping the run, but he certainly can’t hurt.
Week five could be the season debut of linebacker Oren Burks. He is a wild card, I have no idea what to expect from him or if he is any good or not. Either way I am anxious to see him in the field, and hopefully this is the week that happens. OLB Kyler Fackrell is also questionable with a shoulder injury. His role has obviously diminished with the acquisition of the Smith’s.
Both of these teams will be pretty banged up going into Sunday’s game. The Cowboys will for sure be without all pro left tackle Tyron Smith, Right tackle La’el Collins has not practiced all week with back injury, and WR Amari Cooper is dealing with an ankle injury. The bottom line is if the Packers want to win this game it all starts with containing Elliot. The Packers defensive front was embarrassed last week, I hope they come out with a strong effort and make like difficult on the Cowboys offense.