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Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys

Start-time: Sunday 15 January, 21:40 GMT

TV: Live on Sky Sports


Overview


The best game of the weekend by the proverbial country mile might even put up the highest TV rating outside the Super Bowl in NFL history. You have fan favourite and red hot Green Bay led by SB winning QB Aaron Rodgers going into the home of by far the biggest TV draw, the Dallas Cowboys. This is going to be a great one folks so let's get into the nuts and bolts.


Firstly Green Bay are without wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The 31 year-old had found his form again after his injury last season and had once again become Rodgers comfort blanket. He got his ribs busted last weekend and misses out. This is a huge blow but as long as his guys can get some separation, #12 can find them. The Packers have zero running game of note. They might pay lip service to pounding the rock but the offense is put squarely on Aaron Rodgers' shoulders.


Speaking of the quarterback, how many superlatives am I allowed to write with regards to his current hot streak? In his last three games he's thrown for four TDs in each with no picks. In fact the last time he threw an interception was on November 13. He is as hot as any player has been this season and arguably in the history of the league over the past two months. Betting against him is for the bold.


For Dallas they have one big question mark on offense, 'how will the rookies fare in the bright lights of the playoffs?' If Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott can handle the pressure then I don't think anyone can have any real worries about their ability to put up points. Elliott has played in the College Football Playoffs and won it all with the Buckeyes in 2015. Dak Prescott's biggest bowl game was the Orange Bowl but he did lead his Mississippi State Bulldogs to a #1 ranking during the 2014 season.


It says a lot about this incarnation of the Cowboys that I could write this preview and legitimately not write anything about Dez Bryant. The big wide receiver is not a big part of this offense. He's still great but he doesn't get the ball half as much as he did under Tony Romo. Of course over the duration of this game, we will see several highlights of his catch/non catch from the playoff game in Lambeau in the 2014 Divisional Round Playoff (it was a catch then, it is still a catch now).


Still here is the reason I'm leaning the way I am. Sean Lee. The outside linebacker registered 145 tackles this season for #1 in the NFL. He is a game-changing talent whose athletic prowess is only beaten by his football intellect. He is the difference maker who can give Aaron Rodgers all that he can handle coming as the fifth man.


First Touchdown Scorer


Ezekiel Elliott is only 9/2 and that is just too short for me. Therefore on the Dallas side of the ball I think Cole Beasley is well worth a roll of the dice at 10/1 as Prescott keeps going to him. For Green Bay, Devante Adams at 17/2 is the play as with no Jordy Nelson, he has to step up to give the Packers a chance.


Over/Under


The line has been set at 52pts but I think is right on the money. I am surprised this line is lower than the over/under is in the Seahawks v Falcons game due to the way Dallas ekes out the clock with their running game. They like long drives so fewer possessions but despite this, I'm still taking the over but not by much.


The Spread & Straight-up Pick


The spread is set at Dallas -4.5pts and the trendy pick is not only to take the Packers with the points but also straight up. Rodgers is on fire and is a proven QB when the lights shine brightest. Yet I've never been trendy, so I'm rolling with the Cowboys for at least one more week. I think they control the clock with their dominant offensive line and win both outright and with the 4.5pt handicap.


Recommended Bets


3pt Back Dallas to win 4.5pts points at Evens or better on the Exchange

3pt Back over 52pts at 10/11 on the Sportsbook

3pt Back over 282.5 passing yards for Aaron Rodgers at 5/6 on the Sportsbook

3pt Back over 110.5 rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott at 5/6 on the Sportsbook

1pt Back Cole Beasley to score the first TD at 10/1 on the Sportsbook

1pt Back Devante Adams to score the first TD at 17/2 on the Sportsbook


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