It is “crunch time” in the National Football League (NFL), the time of the year when every game counts and a single loss can derail a promising season. It is certainly true for the Dallas Cowboys. “America’s team” plays in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and its Won-Loss record of 4-8 has it in last place. But even though this squad is “bringing up the rear,” it is only one game out of first place.
Dallas has to win this Sunday’s contest and all three of the games that follow in order to have any chance of finishing in first place in its division and playing meaningful football in the postseason. That makes this game count – in a big, big way.
The Green Bay Packers are already in first place in the North Division of the NFC with a Won-Loss record of 8-4. In truth, the team from Wisconsin is currently in a dead-heat with the Minnesota Vikings, a squad that has also won eight of twelve games played. And, because the Packers only share first place, this team, like the visiting Cowboys, is in “must-win” mode.
The truth is that a loss or two by the Packers can sabotage their season and keep them out of the postseason. And, although Green Bay won its last game against the Detroit Lions on a last second “Hail Mary” touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it is a fact that “the Cheese-Heads” have not been playing well in the last month.
Green Bay has had trouble offensively. The team has not been reaching the opposing end zone often enough to win the games it has played. As the season winds down and games become much more important, it is absolutely essential for the Packers to “right their ship”: and pull themselves out of the doldrums that have defined their play in recent games.
If the Packers fail to overcome their offensive difficulties, this home team could easily find itself on an early winter vacation and that would be a huge disappointment to the players and to their devoted fan base.
Dallas, like Green Bay, has a proud history and a winning tradition. Key injuries, including the one which put quarterback Tony Romo “on the shelf” have caused this team to lose twice as many games as it has won. Amazingly, because the Cowboys play in the weak East Division, they still have a chance to finish in first place. Star WR Dez Bryant will look to get dominate the game to get the Cowboys one step closer for a shot at the postseason.
So the visiting squad from Texas and the home team from Wisconsin will face off against one another this Sunday with a lot at stake. A win by either team will not guarantee a playoff spot, but it will keep playoff hope alive and well.
There should be lots of heavy hitting in this game because there is so much “on the line” for each squad.
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