Packers-Cowboys: How we picked it

Robert Zizzo, Weston Hodkiewicz, Pete Dougherty, and Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) breaks up a pass for receiver Dez Bryant (88) against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium last season.

Wes Hodkiewicz (14-2)

Packers 31, Cowboys 26

Aaron Rodgers' calf injury would be more daunting if Dallas' pressure package was more intimidating. This seems like a good matchup for the ailing quarterback against an overachieving unit reliant on turnovers. The defense will be challenged to contain Dallas' offensive weapons, but Clay Matthews' versatility is the wild card. In a battle of an 8-0 home team against an 8-0 road team, I'll take the squad playing on its home turf. ​

Ryan Wood (14-2)

Packers 33, Cowboys 27

This was not a matchup Green Bay wanted. Dallas is 8-0 on the road — with a win at Seattle — primarily because it has the most daunting rushing game in the NFL. If the Cowboys establish DeMarco Murray, it could be a long day at Lambeau Field, but probably not as long as the Cowboys' defense will experience against Aaron Rodgers. Even with a calf strain, it's hard to think Rodgers won't play well at home.

Pete Dougherty (12-4)

Packers 28, Cowboys 24

This game comes down to two factors: How much will Aaron Rodgers' calf injury diminish his play, and can the Packers keep DeMarco Murray from dominating the game on the ground? Rodgers has shown the last two games that he can still play well with this injury, and the Cowboys probably don't have the pass rush to change that. The Murray question remains open, but the guess here is the Packers slow him enough to win.

Robert Zizzo (12-4)

Cowboys 28, Packers 27

Green Bay hasn't faced a running back as good as DeMarco Murray since an opening-week loss at Seattle. Murray's production may have waned since the first half of the season because of his remarkable number of touches, but the talented Cowboys offensive line should be able to create enough space for him to run effectively and control the tempo.

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