Packers vs. Cowboys: Performances to watch

Dallas rushing offense, Green Bay rushing defense going through ups and downs

Cowboys RB Zeke Elliot
Cowboys RB Zeke Elliot

GREEN BAY – The Packers and Cowboys both started the season 3-0 before losing in prime time in Week 4.

Here's what to watch as they meet in another nationally televised game.

1. Top priority: Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott had topped 100 yards in two straight games before New Orleans shut him down last week, holding him to just 35 yards on 18 carries, the lowest output of his career with that many attempts. Green Bay's run defense started fine in Week 1, limiting Chicago to 46 rushing yards, but has struggled since. The Packers' last three opponents have averaged 174 yards per game on the ground.

2. Off the edges: Cowboys All-Pro LT Tyron Smith (ankle) is out and RT La'el Collins (back) is questionable after missing two days of practice this week. If the Packers can contain Elliott, edge rushers Za'Darius and Preston Smith (along with rotational reserves Rashan Gary and Kyler Fackrell) could have some matchups in their favor to pressure QB Dak Prescott.

3. Timing is everything: The Packers have scored 65 of their 85 points in the first half this season. The Cowboys have scored six of their 14 touchdowns in the third quarter, when Prescott has yet to throw an incomplete pass through four games.

4. Reaching deep: The Packers will be reaching into their depth chart at the skill positions. With WR Davante Adams (toe) out, reserves Jake Kumerow, Darrius Shepherd and Allen Lazard could all be called upon. Likewise, in place of RB Jamaal Williams (concussion), rookie Dexter Williams is expected to be active on game day for the first time.

5. Old friend: Former Packers WR Randall Cobb, who signed with the Cowboys this past spring as a free agent, has been used already on both punt and kickoff returns, as well as his customary offensive position in the slot. Cobb had four catches for 69 yards and a TD in Week 1 but has been quieter since, with 10 catches for 88 yards and no scores over the last three games.


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