A quick overview of three storylines that could help determine the outcome of Sunday afternoon's showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein on Quinton Dial, Kenny Clark and how they’ve played against the run.
When defensive tackle Mike Daniels, the Green Bay Packers’ one-man wrecking ball, dropped out of action with a hip injury seven snaps into the Atlanta game in Week 2, the prospects of the run defense showing resistance against the Falcons and the Packers’ next two opponents seemed unlikely.
The Falcons ran 22 times for 107 yards (4.86 average) and two touchdowns after Daniels left the game, and their per-carry average was around 6.1 yards (if you take away the six runs they attempted on their final series when they were trying to run out the clock).
The Packers had plenty of reason to fret about the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears coming to Lambeau Field. Both teams featured power running games and were relying on it because their quarterbacks were playing poorly.
But what happened in those two games — both victories — was that nose tackle Kenny Clark began to emerge from the shadow of Daniels and street free-agent pickup Quinton Dial got back to doing what he does best, which is play the run in a 3-4 defense.
Ryan Wood writes that Davante Adams will most likely be available for the Cowboys game:
Ty Montgomery also hopes to be out there down in Dallas:
Kevin King has seen the best of the best early on in his NFL career:
Rich Ryman has the latest on Packers ticket prices:
Elsewhere, I joined Chuck and Bart to talk some Packers:
The NFL has highlights from the Bears game up on their YouTube channel:
Mike Spofford’s What You Might Have Missed is required reading:
Danny Trevathan’s suspension was reduced to one game upon appeal:
Cheesehead TV’s latest stock report is up:
Pack Attack has the Keys To Success against the Cowboys:
Aaron Rodgers is looking to get Martellus Bennett more involved:
Lofty goals over at The Power Sweep:
Cowherd previews Packers-Cowboys: