The Cowboys-Packers score had no suspense to speak of. Yet the Cowboys-Packers score will be among the most talked about this week, since it went so badly for Dallas. However, losing by 45-7 shouldn’t be so surprising for this team, since they are playing up to their record. 1-7 teams generally lose by these margins, even though, this time, they lost a lot of close games early on. But these days, they can’t muster even that much, as the Cowboys-Packers game showed how Dallas has all but checked out now.
All of the other numbers didn’t look too much better, as Green Bay dominated in every aspect. The Packers ran most of the plays, had twice as many total yards, held the ball for almost 38 minutes, and converted 10 of 15 third downs.
For all of that, the score didn’t get lopsided until the second quarter. After Dallas managed to keep things scoreless in the first, the bottom fell out soon enough. Green Bay got a touchdown on three straight drives, then returned a kickoff return fumble for another one.
The Cowboys actually managed to get a late touchdown before halftime, but couldn’t build on it in the second half. The Packers got an early second half TD, and in the fourth, Clay Matthews punctuated things with a 62-yard interception return.
With the final at 45-7, the game did nothing to quell demands for Wade Phillips’ firing. Given Dallas’ schedule from here on out, they could be lucky to win one or two more games at this point. Therefore, a firing may be their last hope to inspire them to save some pride – since their hopes of a home game at the Super Bowl are over.
While everyone is buzzing about the Cowboys’ collapse, the Packers improved to 6-3 under the radar. They have only given up seven points in the last two games combined, and are looking like NFC favorites once again. Since the conference isn’t that imposing these days, Green Bay has to be back among the elite for now.
Of course, the Cowboys-Packers score may not say that much about Green Bay, since anyone can beat Dallas by 45-7 these days. But they did maintain a half-game lead on the Bears in the NFC North, and get to head into the bye on a hot streak.
After providing the new twists to the Dallas soap opera, Green Bay will take a part in the Minnesota soap opera again in two weeks. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have no such break, as they face another NFC favorite in the Giants next week on the road.
Yahoo Sports- “Rodgers throws 3 TD’s, Packers rout Cowboys 45-7”