Cowboys Dak & Zeke taking step back, Packers hope for success

09 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Douglas Reid
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That's not to say that they're a bad team, or that they won't have a good season.

But when the Green Bay Packers' well-traveled tight end opens up - talking beyond the amusing self-descriptions ("In my family, I'm the rainbow", "I'm the Captain of Fun" and "I'm everybody's BFF" among them) and book recommendations (from children's classics such as Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh to Paulo Coelho, Malcolm Gladwell and Eckhart Tolle) and non-football non sequiturs (this week's: "Sprinkles are delicious on cake!" as part of a discussion about winning a championship) - you realize that he's one self-aware cat who had evolved as a player and a person during his previous nine NFL seasons with four teams. "He makes everyone around him better". "There's been a lot of calls to stick to sports, but sports and life intersect in so many ways and when asked questions like this I'm going to answer honestly". Much in part due to forth year defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence.

Randall seems unlikely to start anytime soon after last Thursday's debacle, and Quinten Rollins is buried on the depth chart. That ability has yet to show itself thus far in 2017.

Then the following year, after a rough loss in Seattle in the kickoff opener, the Packers stormed back from an early 21-3 deficit to beat the Jets at home by a touchdown, beginning a stretch of five wins over their next six games. We know what we're going to get.

Aaron Rodgers, if his veteran bookend tackles are back and he's given time, should shred the Dallas rebuilt secondary. Bennett's been averaging 35 yards a game so far, but could see a big uptick in targets if Montgomery is absent. The league's 24th graded defense will have a big test this Sunday on the road against the Cowboys - the defensive side of the ball will likely determine whether the Packers will be considered an upper-echelon team moving forward. This is the only defense the Cowboys have played that are not in the elite category, and it is the most favorable matchup the team has seen all season long. For the first time, he focused exclusively on middle linebacker in the off-season.

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If Montgomery is unable to play, that will leave the running duties to rookies Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. But he might be able to find similar success as a receiver in the middle of the field.

Both Packer tackles, David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga are listed as questionable.

Justin McCray, Lane Taylor, Lucas Patrick, and others have battled valiantly in their absence. Dallas has wins over the Giants and the Cardinals, but has lost to the Broncos and the Rams. The Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger are 8-2 SU and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games as a favorite of at least seven points. If the Packers can't get a handle on Ezekiel, Dak Prescott and the play action game will be problematic.

TOGETHER AGAIN?: The Packers could be closer to getting their starting offensive line back on the field at the same time. Nick Perry, meanwhile, should receive his normal amount of playing time despite playing with a club on his hand.

The NFC East is looking like it is going to be a highly competitive battle for much of the season, I would not rule the New York Giants out just yet as each team has a fairly hard schedule. I don't predict that happening. It would be the Packers fourth of the season.



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