Cow­boys, Pack set for re­bound bat­tle

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NFL - By Schuyler Dixon

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Dak Prescott and the Cow­boys want to get their of­fense back to what it was do­ing be­fore a sput­ter­ing loss that slowed their best start in more than a decade.

Aaron Rodgers and the Pack­ers are look­ing for a re­peat of their best of­fen­sive show­ing — but this time in a win when nearly 500 yards wasn’t good enough.

The di­vi­sion lead­ers — the vis­it­ing Pack­ers (3-1) are tied with the Bears atop the NFC North — meet Sun­day with the same goal: An­swer a loss with a vic­tory so they can still feel the mo­men­tum of open­ing with three straight wins.

“As we’ve shown ob­vi­ously early on strug­gling on of­fense with our de­fense play­ing re­ally well, man­ag­ing the game and tak­ing care of the foot­ball was what helped us win those early games,“said Rodgers, who had his eighth 400-yard game in last week’s 34-27 home loss to the Ea­gles.

“Last week, we needed to outscore them, and we didn’t get the job done. So it’s on the of­fense to be a lot bet­ter sit­u­a­tion­ally.”

In a 12-10 road loss to the Saints, the Cow­boys (3-1) were held to 257 yards, barely half of what they rolled up in each of their wins while scor­ing more than 30 points each time.

Tight end Ja­son Wit­ten and run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott had fum­bles that helped con­trib­ute to the first half­time deficit of the sea­son, and Prescott made a crit­i­cal mis­take tak­ing a sack on the first play of the fi­nal drive, when they ran out of time need­ing only a field goal to win.

“We know the po­ten­tial of this team, we know how good we can be and we can’t fo­cus nec­es­sar­ily on what the record is,” Prescott said. “You take the good, you take the bad, you live and learn from it and you get bet­ter be­cause of it.”

The Pack­ers will be with­out top re­ceiver Da­vante Adams, who had his ca­reer-high 180 yards re­ceiv­ing against the Ea­gles be­fore in­jur­ing a toe in the sec­ond half.

Run away, run away Did Dez catch it?

Ran­dall Cobb, who spent his first eight sea­sons with the Pack­ers, is fac­ing them for the first time af­ter sign­ing with the Cow­boys in the off­sea­son. It took re­porters six ques­tions to get to the one he was wait­ing for: Did Dez catch it?

“I’ve been get­ting that a lot since I’ve been here,” Cobb said. “We didn’t know what the rules were back then. It’s prob­a­bly a catch nowa­days.“

It was a ref­er­ence to Cow­boys re­ceiver Dez Bryant’s in­fa­mous catch that was on fourth down in the fourth quar­ter of the Pack­ers’ 26-21 di­vi­sional-round vic­tory dur­ing the 2014 sea­son. The deep ball was ruled a catch and over­turned on re­view. Three years later, the rules changed.

Pro­tect­ing Prescott

JEFF HAYNES/AP

Aaron Rodgers threw for 422 yards and two TDs against the Ea­gles last week, but the Pack­ers still lost 34-27.

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