Looking Ahead: Cowboys 2013 Week 4

Cowboys games each week. It was a very detailed story pretty much, where I basically went through the entire game by quarter, "predicting" what would happen. Now, before the draft or free agency is even complete, I will do that for every game on the schedule right now. Granted, this fake preview is probably not accurate in the least. I have no idea how rookies and other free agent signing will impact the games. However unrealistic and detailed beyond belief this is, it is not a real preview, but it is just fun to pretend I have been to the future and seen these games.


Week 1: @ New Orleans

Week 2: vs St. Louis

Week 3: @ Detroit

Week 4: vs Green Bay

Week 5: @Philadelphia

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: @ Kansas

Week 8: vs Minnesota

Week 9: @ New York (Giants)

Week 10: vs Washington

Week 11: vs Denver

Week 12: @ San Diego

Week 13: vs Philadelphia

Week 14: vs New York (Giants)

Week 15: vs Oakland

Week 16: @ Washington

Week 17: @ Chicago

Week 4: Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers

The Packers are always a good team when Aaron Rodgers is at the helm, and that he will be in 2013. The Cowboys will face their toughest challenge yet, playing against the league's best quarterback, putting their perfect 3-0 record on the line as the BYE week approaches.

Key Players:

DeMarcus Ware, DAL: The Packers gave up the most sacks in 2012, and Dallas needs to take advantage of that. Ware is the Cowboys premier pass rusher, so obviously, it his job to take the brunt of the work in putting Rodgers on the turf.

Anthony Spencer, DAL: Ware will not be able to do the job alone, and that is where Spencer comes in. If Spencer can provide pressure to match Ware's, Dallas will be able to slow down the Packers attack.

Quarter by Quarter

Q1: Dallas will start with the ball, and take it to the opposite 40 before punting. Rodgers will look good on his first drive, but Dallas will not allow an early score. Both teams exchange punts throughout the first quarter. Before the period ends, Dallas gets the ball around the opposite 35.

Q2: Dallas gets hot and a Romo to Austin connection goes to the endzone for the games first score. Dallas, 7-0. The Packers get into field goal position on the next drive, but Mason Crosby whiffs a 50 yard attempt, saving the score and giving Dallas good field position. Dallas takes advantage, knocking down a field goal. The Packers are still unable to do anything throughout the second quarter, until the two minute warning. With Dallas leading 10-0, the Packers get a couple late plays and get a field goal, taking the score to halfime, 10-3.

Q3: The Packers start off with the ball but are forced to punt. Dallas is also unable to do anything and punts. The Packers take the ball to their own 30 on the following drive, but Bruce Carter gets inside pressure and slams Aaron Rodgers. The ball is knocked loose, Carter picks it up, and takes it back to the 10 yard line as the crowd realizes it may be in a position to beat the Packers and extend the win streak. Romo goes for Bryant on a slant, and he ends up with a score, as Dallas takes a 17-3 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Packers aren't ready to lose however, and Rodgers takes a dominant drive to the endzone himself, making the score 17-10 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter. Dallas doesn't get a first down, and the Packers get a big return out. Rodgers puts the ball inside the Dallas 5 and the third quarter ends.

Q4: The Packers take a handoff to the endzone on the first play, to tie the score, 17-17. Dallas, realizing it is losing steam will look to score on the next drive but won't be able to. The teams will exchange punts until the last few minutes. Rodgers will play clutch and throw a 20 yard TD with just 1:40 on the clock, seemingly taking the game. The game will seem lost, with Tony Romo coming on, having to get a quick TD. However, with a deep play to Bryant and a lot of help from Harris, Romo is able to get down and throw a TD to Witten with 10 second left, tying the score at 24 in what looks to go into OT. The Packers run out the clock.

OT: The Cowboys start with the ball. Romo drives well, but can't convert on third down at half field. The Cowboys punt, but the Packers return it all the way to the Cowboys 40. Rodgers starts off with a 10 yard completion, setting up Green Bay at the 30. 2 runs later, from the 25 yard line, Mason Crosby hits on the field goal, and the Packers win, putting the first stink on the Dallas record.


Romo: 36/55, 440 yards, 3 TD

Murray: 12 rush, 40 yards

Bryant: 7 rec, 70 yards, TD

Ware: 2 tackles, .5 sacks

Rodgers: 25/45, 360 yards, 2 TD

RB: 19 rush, 60 yards, TD

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