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Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM [PACK LOSE 16-30]

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  Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM [PACK LOSE 16-30]
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Posted: October 13, 2016, 12:03 PM Post
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Dallas comes in at 4-1 which is mainly driven by two rookie additions to the offense.

But I'm not sold that they are really a playoff caliber team yet. Of their four wins, they really have one (sort of) impressive victory; last week against the Bengals. Granted, the Bengals don't look like they are playing to expectations this year either.

This game pits the NFL's top rated run defense against the top rated run offense. This matchup will be a major key to the game. If Elliot can't gain any ground in the run game, it will put far more pressure on Prescott to throw the ball. Granted, Prescott's feet will also need to be contained. Stop the run (from all aspects) and make Prescott beat you with his arm. That will probably be the theme of the game.

Conversely, the Packers might not have much of a running game with Lacy and Starks both dinged up. Lacy sounds like he could play. Starks is also probable with an unknown knee injury and a family issue that will keep him away from home until Saturday. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jackson promoted from the PS for the game.

Dallas' defense hasn't been great, but they just got their best pass rusher back from a four game suspension and are improving. But if AROD is on, he will probably be their biggest test yet.


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  Re: Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM
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Posted: October 16, 2016, 4:45 PM Post
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The schemes have been absolute garbage on both sides of the ball since the 2nd half of the January 2015 NFC Championship game.

Nearing ready for a change.


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  Re: Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM
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Posted: October 16, 2016, 5:33 PM Post
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How do you go into a game with only 1 running back?

(...especially when that 1 isn't healthy.)

I'm sure there are more problems with the offense than that, but with the short turnaround to Thursday night...it's one that's bound to carry over.


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  Re: Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM
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Posted: October 16, 2016, 5:49 PM Post
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Blame this one on Olivia. ARod CLEARLY did not have his head in the game.

I THINK that I am being sarcastic with this post, but I'm not so sure.


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  Re: Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM
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Posted: October 16, 2016, 5:53 PM Post
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The 53-man roster was problematic from Week 1. Compound that with injuries, and the team is going into games with issues. And that's before any coaching matters, offensive game plans, defensive schemes, etc.

The Bears game on Thursday is a must-win, if the team wants to be a playoff contender. (I would be surprised if the Packers lose, because Chicago is a bad team.) But even if they make the playoffs, I don't think that the team is on par with the league leaders.


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  Re: Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM
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Posted: October 16, 2016, 8:42 PM Post
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I'm tired of the zone defense. 3rd and 6 and we play zone 10yds deep and watch them run underneath time after time for easy completions that my 8yr olds could pull off in the backyard.

I'm tired of the predictable nature of the offense and the red zone schemes. Spread them out wide on 1st and goal from the 3 and run a quarterback sneak. That's the call there? Do we have Cam Newton at QB suddenly?

I'm tired of the in-game management decisions that are contradictory of each other and wrong at every turn.

I'm a McCarthy guy. Always have been. I like his demeanor and the way he runs things largely at 1265 Lombardi, but my spirit is wavering. This team has far too much talent to be down 26-9 to the Dallas Cowboys at home. They got the foot on the brake instead of the gas far too often. I don't have a better candidate in mind really. I wouldn't mind Jon Gruden but that's really off the top of my head.


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  Re: Dallas at Packers (Game 5): Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25PM
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Posted: October 17, 2016, 11:13 AM Post
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Defensively, I give the team a pass on this one. We started the game missing our #1 and #3 CB (the last of which lost on 24 hour notice). Then our #2 leaves the game early. We ended up with UDFA and Goodson (a 6th round pick) and maybe Hyde (a 5th rounder) if you want to include him in the slot at CB for the game.

And all things considered, they held up pretty well for the first 1.9 quarters. And if the offense had shown any competence, they probably play well enough to win the game. But it seemed like they were out of gas (or will) in the second half after the Offense couldn't score a TD and kept giving up turnovers.

Offensively, I look pretty squarely at Rodgers as the first, second and third things wrong with the offense. MM plays way too often with the exact same offensive plays that were ineffectual, but eventually broke out of the mold. But Rodgers was high, low, late, behind... Even if he only hits 3-4 WIDE OPEN WRs that he missed, we are in the ball game. Pull back the INT, fumbles, and hit 3-4 WIDE OPEN WRs, and we win easily.

I do admit that I've started to wonder if there is something between MM and Rodgers that is causing this funk. Is it time for one of them to go? Time for Hundley to step in? For a new head coach to refocus the whole team? I'm not sure but it certainly should be considered...


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