Dallas Cowboys - Green Bay Packers Game Preview: Cowboys Look To Stay In Hunt For NFC East Title

Dallas Cowboys - Green Bay Packers Game Preview: Cowboys Look To Stay In Hunt For NFC East Title

The Green Bay Packers host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, over a week after Aaron Rodgers dragged his Packers side through the depths of despair to win in Detroit.

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Andrew McDonnell

The Dallas Cowboys will be hoping to remain in the NFC East title race when they travel to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 14.

Dallas is coming into this one off the back of a 19-16 upset victory against the Washington Redskins, pulling themselves within one game of first place in the division.

The Packers on the other hand will be well-rested after they played on Thursday night for the second straight week, beating the Detroit Lions 27-23 in miraculous fashion, having trailed 20-0 in the game.

Richard Rodgers catching a Hail Mary with 0:00 to play last week (Getty)

Green Bay tied with Minnesota after Rodgers’ miracle play

Green Bay is now tied at the top of their division with the Minnesota Vikings after the Vikings lost emphatically at home to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers took the snap on an untimed down with no time left on the clock, after Devin Taylor was called for grabbing Rodgers’ facemask, and he rolled to his right and found Richard Rodgers in the end zone with a 61-yard hail mary.

It has been a two-horse race for the NFC North this season, and the Vikings had a clear gap between them and the Packers at one point, but that has gone and it is now a straight shoot-out for the title.

Cowboys defense may keep game close

No matter how bad Dallas looks on the offensive side of the ball without Tony Romo, the team’s defense seems to always keep games close, this being the main reason they are still in with a shot at the NFC East.

After being thrashed 33-14 by the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day, Dallas’ last four losses were all decided by seven or less points.

Green Bay also haven’t been the dominant team that they used to be at home, falling to the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions this season.

Bryant's catch that was controversially overturned (Getty)

Dallas seeking redemption after play-off loss in 2014

The Packers eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs last season thanks to a controversial call involving Dez Bryant, but these teams are more concerned about getting to the playoffs this season as divisional champions.

Green Bay advanced to the NFC Championship game last season by beating Dallas 26-21 following two touchdown passes by Rodgers in the second half.

The key play in the game was when Bryant caught a 31-yard catch with 4:06 left on a fourth-down play, but after the play was challenged by Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, the call was reversed to an incomplete pass.

Injury Report

Quarterback Tony Romo (shoulder) is out of the game at Lambeau Field and isn’t likely to return for the rest of the season.

The only other injury news is that Bryant (foot/knee), Jeff Heath (shoulder) and Greg Hardy (shin) are likely to feature.

Clay Matthews (ankle) is one name that stands out on the Green Bay injury report for this game, but good news for Packers fans is that he is more than likely to play on Sunday.

Corey Linsley (ankle) is doubtful for the game with the Cowboys, while Bryan Bulaga (ankle), Ty Montgomery (ankle) and Nick Perry (shoulder) are listed as questionable, and Damarious Randall (hamstring) and T.J. Lang (shoulder) are both probable.

Prediction: Packers 31, Cowboys 20

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