Dallas Cowboys defense is why team sits at 2-3

Tricia Pearson
October 10, 2017

For the Cowboys to be able to have a chance in this matchup, the defense will have to perform much better than last week's outing. Once again, the Packers found themselves down with a little over a minute left and once again Rodgers engineered a 75-yard drive in just 1:02. One of the weaknesses on offense for the Packers had been their inability to maintain a consistent running game. And now he's done the same for the second time over the Packers' last three games.

Adams caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winner, just 10 days after a scary night in the hospital.

Prescott threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and also accounted for 37 yards and a TD on the ground.

The Cowboys are now 2-3, and while there's certainly no shame in losing to the Packers or at Denver, and apparently none in losing to the Rams, either, the bottom line is they're two games behind the Eagles.

But unlike last week, when Dallas almost abandoned its run game in the second half - Ezekiel Elliott had 14 carries for 56 yards in the first two quarters against the Rams, but then just 29 yards on seven tries in the final two frames - the Cowboys continued to hand the ball to their star rusher.

As in every National Football League game, there were so many plays that led to the final drive - the bogus personal foul call against Packers' linebacker Blake Martinez on the Cowboys' first drive. He earned 91 yards and a touchdown after weeks of being questionable with a bad shoulder.

Ezekiel Elliott, who had just 30 yards on 14 first-half carries, got rolling on the ensuing drive.

The game-winning throw to Adams was Rodgers' third touchdown pass of the win, which put a stamp on his sizzling three-game stretch. Rodgers made the grab as Lewis turned too late.

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"The key to any good two-minute drive is the first play", said Rodgers when talking about the art of the two-minute drill. It's unclear what they were thinking - perhaps they thought Witten had thrown the ball forward, which would have ended the play, although replays clearly show it was a backward pass - but they just stopped.

The Green Bay Packers entered AT&T Stadium with an undefeated record (3-0) including a Super Bowl victory in 2011.

Rodgers completed a series of passes to get into field-goal range, helped by a big run from running back Aaron Jones.

You can second-guess a pass from quarterback Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant that fell incomplete, forcing the clock to stop. Ezekial Elliot tore up the Packers defense on the drive, and Green Bay bit on the play. With a makeshift offensive line, getting an established run game becomes critical if you want to give your quarterback enough time in the pocket.

The jeers started in the first quarter of the Dolphins' home debut, and soon the crowd was chanting for backup quarterback Matt Moore. Nelson played during the postseason past year with fractured ribs.

Packers: WR Jordy Nelson, who scored his sixth touchdown for the first Packers lead early in the fourth quarter, wasn't on the field during the final drive.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the wideout felt "great" as he recovered from the helmet-to-helmet hit, which led to his hospitalization.

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