After a tightly contested win over the Detroit Lions yesterday, the Cowboys will travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in next Sunday's Divisional Round game, and the Packers opened as 6.5-point favorites in that game. The over/under for the game is set at 53, so expectations are for a high-scoring game. The two teams last met in 2013, when the Packers fought back from a 26-3 halftime deficit to pull off a 37-36 win.
The Packers share the same 12-4 regular season record as the Cowboys and Seahawks, but due to a tiebreaker based on conference win percentage, they are the No. 2 NFC seed while the Cowboys are the No. 3 NFC seed. The Packers are 8-0 at home this season, while the Cowboys are 8-0 on the road. This will be the Cowboys' first postseason trip to Green Bay since the "Ice Bowl" in 1967, though conditions are not expected to be as cold this time around:
The early forecast for next Sunday has the temperatures in the high teens with light winds and only a slight chance for snow. It won’t be another "Ice Bowl," when the game-time temperature was minus-13 and the wind chills much worse than that, but it will be the coldest game Dallas has played in this season.
The teams will be quarterbacked by the NFL's two best quarterbacks of 2014, Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers, who finished the regular season ranked first and second in passer rating. The game will feature the highest scoring offense (Packers) and the fifth-ranked scoring offense (Cowboys), matched up with the 14th-ranked (Packers) and 15th-ranked (Cowboys) defense. So unless the Cowboys decide to run the league's leading rusher up the Packers' gut all day, a betting man would probably be wise to take the over on this game.
What are your early thoughts on next Sunday's game?