Initial Reactions: Cowboys vs. Packers 11.7.10
The Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 at Lambeau Field on Sunday night.
The Packers Offensive Line. The offensive line quietly went about their business on Sunday night and helped the Packers rush for 138 yards and only allowed one sack.
Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has not looked himself all season, but on Sunday night he had his best game of the season. He finished 27-of-34 passing, with 289 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also added 41 yards rushing, but more importantly, he made the difficult throws look effortless and easy. When Rodgers and the offensive line play up to their potential, the Packers are difficult to defeat.
The Defense. Despite all of the injuries to the unit, the defense continues to shine. On Sunday night, they held the Cowboys to a single touchdown while recovering 2 fumbles, finding 2 interceptions, forcing 4 sacks, and providing 14 points on two defensive touchdowns.
James Jones. Jones made the most of his opportunity in place of the injured Donald Driver. The fourth-year receiver out of San Jose State hauled in 8 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Lack of Penalties. The Packers only committed 2 penalties for 20 yards.
Third Down Conversions. After struggling the past few weeks on third downs, the offense was 10-of-15 last night.
Losing Ryan Pickett. Ryan Pickett was questionable coming into the game, and he left early in the first half after re-injuring his right ankle. With a bye next week, he will have a full two weeks to recover.
Nick Collins’ Helmet-to-Helmet Hit on Roy Williams. With the game already out of reach, safety Nick Collins led with his helmet on a hit to Cowboys’ receiver Roy Williams. Williams lay motionless for a bit, but appeared to be okay. Collins’ hit was exactly the type of hit the league is cracking down on, and it was completely unnecessary.
The Packers improved to 6-3, and are feeling good heading into their bye week. The team did exactly what they were supposed to on Sunday night; they did not let an inferior opponent stay in the game, and they won big. The Cowboys are having a down year, but credit the Packers for firing on all cylinders for the victory. If the team continues to play like they did on Sunday, there is no chance any other NFC North team will catch them for the divisional title.