“This to send the Packers into the NFC Championship game. And the kick is….. GOOD! The Packers are moving on!” The voice of Joe Buck still rings in my head as longtime Packers kicker Mason Crosby nails a game winning field goal to upset the number one seed Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs. Week five will pit the two NFC powerhouses against each other once again. However, it may be hard to top the instant classic football fans were treated to last season, however, a good game is expected.
Kevin King vs Dez Bryant
The rookie from Washington has made it clear. He wants to face the best the NFL has to offer. Against Atlanta, King slowed down one of the best in Julio Jones after Damarious Randall continuously got burned by the All-Pro. In his first start against Cincinnati, King accepted the challenge of facing another elite wide receiver, AJ Green. He gave up some big plays early, but as the game went on, his coverage got a lot better. He wants to face more top talent, and I expect King to face the Cowboys star wide receiver, Dez Bryant, for most of the game.
Packers Running Backs vs Cowboys Front Seven
It’s hard to tell which of the Packers running backs will get the bulk of the carries this week. Ty Montgomery is hopeful he can play Sunday, but even if he suits up, broken ribs are hard to deal with, especially for a running back, as you are constantly being hit in that area. Backup Jamaal Williams left last week too with an ankle injury. Williams is more likely to play, but I believe Aaron Jones will get the bulk of the carries against a Dallas defense who is in the “middle of the pack” against the run so far this season. If Green Bay wants to win, they have to control the clock to keep the young duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott off the field. By running the ball effectively, winning becomes much easier. With a couple rookie running backs, one of which is nursing an ankle injury, a wide receiver turned running back who is dealing with broken ribs, running the ball will be a tough task.
Players to Watch:
Offense – Aaron Jones, running back
As stated already, the running back situation is up in question at the moment. With the aforementioned Montgomery and Williams dealing with injuries, it leaves Jones and fourth string running back Devante Mays as the only two healthy backs. With a great showing by Jones last week in relief of Montgomery and Williams, Jones will have a big impact even if Montgomery and Williams can play on Sunday.
Defense – Josh Hawkins, cornerback
The secondary has made a lot of improvements since last year. One of those reasons is Josh Hawkins. He has shown signs of promise after going undrafted last season. Considered to be the fastest player on the team, he provides energy to a group of players that has lacked in years past. He may not see the field often, but when he does, expect big plays from Hawkins.
It’s going to be another close one. The Cowboys want revenge after what happened last year. The Packers want to shock “dem boys” in Jerry’s World once again. It is tough to tell what will happen, but expect a game similar to their playoff game last season. 28-24 Green Bay behind the experience of Rodgers.