Rodgers has been excellent once again

Packers Will Defeat Cowboys On The Road

The Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys face off in the marquee matchup of week five of the NFL season.

The Packers knocked the Cowboys out of the playoffs in the last campaign due to the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers in the Divisional Round.

Jason Garrett’s men will have their sights set firmly on revenge, but do have concerns over the level of their play.

Dallas were beaten on home soil by the Los Angeles Rams last week as their defense continued to struggle, allowing 35 points to the NFC West outfit.

The Cowboys have not been on form on the defensive side of the ball and now face the prospect of facing Rodgers at the peak of his powers.

Green Bay’s quarterback threw four touchdown passes in their win over the Chicago Bears. He barely had to break out of first gear as his side cruised to a comfortable victory.

Injuries are beginning to be a concern in the running game for Mike McCarthy’s men. However, Rodgers shows no signs of slowing down and appears for another crack at the MVP award.

We’ll now break down both sides’ starts to the season and look at the betting odds for the contest.

Dallas Cowboys

Elliott needs to improve

The Cowboys have had an inconsistent start to the season and need a strong performance to avoid dropping below .500. Their defense has been poor in the early stages of the campaign and allowed Todd Gurley to rush for 121 yards in their defeat to the Rams.

Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff was also afforded time in the pocket to connect with his receivers for two touchdowns. Dallas cannot afford to give Rodgers the same time as the 33-year-old will pick their suspect secondary apart with ease.

Demarcus Lawrence has enjoyed an excellent start to the season and notched a sack of Goff last week. However, it was Dallas’ only quarterback takedown of the contest. The 25-year-old has 7.5 sacks already this season and has been a dominant force on the line, but the Cowboys need more from the players around the defensive end.

On the other side of the ball, Prescott has struggled for rhythm. After an underwhelming outing against the Denver Broncos, the 24-year-old bounced back against the Arizona Cardinals. However, his completion percentage was in the mid 50s, although he did throw three touchdowns.

Prescott needs to get into a groove with his receivers to open up space on the ground for Elliott. His connection with Dez Bryant has been up and down, although the duo did connect for 98 yards last week. The wideout has performed well against the Packers in the past and will be eyeing another strong outing this time around.

Elliott had a decent game on the ground against the Rams, but needs to lift his game against the Packers. The running back has had a torrid start to the term, although his quality means that a breakout game could be just around the corner.

Green Bay Packers

Rodgers has been excellent once again

The Packers brushed aside the Chicago Bears with ease in their last match. The most pleasing aspect of the victory from McCarthy’s perspective was the way his defense handled Mike Glennon without having to break out of first gear.

The Bears quarterback threw two interceptions into the hands of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Kentrell Brice. It allowed Rodgers to play a simple role to guide the Packers to the victory, throwing four touchdown strikes without having to be at his best.

There has been too much pressure on Rodgers to be outstanding on a weekly basis for the Packers over the last few seasons. As a result, performances where he is not forced into heroics will be welcomed by McCarthy. He will be hopeful that his defense are finally able to support the offense and the clash with the Cowboys will be a good test of those credentials.

Rodgers will not be able to rely on his running game for help. Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams both suffered injuries against the Bears. Rookie Aaron Jones was pressed into action, but the club will not want to be over reliant on the young back.

Davante Adams also took a vicious strike to the head from Danny Trevathan. The linebacker was suspended for the hit, but the Packers’ wideout may miss the contest. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett are all available, but they’re starting to get thin in the ranks.

Defensively the Packers have been solid, although the Bears are not the greatest test. Mike Daniels has been a force in the middle of the line, while Clay Matthews has provided pressure from the outside. The duo will need to be at their best to keep their side on track against Dallas.

Betting Options

The two sides played out a thrilling contest in the playoffs last season. Expect a similar contest this time around as Dallas are desperate to bounce back on home soil.

Garrett’s men have been exposed defensively this term and need an improvement against Rodgers and the Packers. Green Bay will be boosted by the return of their starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Therefore the Packers quarterback should have time to thrown downfield.

The contest will hinge on Dallas’ ability to run the ball. If Elliott can find success on the ground – the Cowboys can control the tempo of the game and ease the pressure on their defense. He and the offensive line have not been great this season, and will need a big effort to turn it around.

Expect the Packers to claim the win and notch their fourth win of the campaign due to Rodgers. Back them at odds of +115 with TopBet to claim the victory on the road. Also Take the Packers -3.5 with the spread at odds of +220   with Betway.

Rodgers was able to rack up the points against the Bears last week without having to get out of first gear. Take the Packers to score over 29 points at odds of +110   with Ladbrokes.

Tight end Bennett has not found the endzone since joining the Packers. He’s on a tour of playing his former clubs, having faced the Bears last week. He failed to notch a score against them, but will find the endzone against the side that drafted him in 2008. Take him for an anytime touchdown at +175   with Unibet.

Tips Summary

Green Bay Packers To Beat Dallas Cowboys
Sunday 8th October 2017 20:30 ET (Monday 9th October 01:30 BST)
Odds: +115

Take Green Bay Packers -3.5 With The Spread
Sunday 8th October 2017 20:30 ET (Monday 9th October 01:30 BST)
Odds: +220

Green Bay Packers To Score Over 29 Points
Sunday 8th October 2017 20:30 ET (Monday 9th October 01:30 BST)
Odds: +110

Martellus Bennett To Score Touchdown Anytime
Sunday 8th October 2017 20:30 ET (Monday 9th October 01:30 BST)
Odds: +175

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