High drama

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NFL -

The Cow­boys had 45 yards rush­ing against the Saints, their fewest since the sec­ond game of El­liott’s sec­ond sea­son in 2017. The Cow­boys had 40 yards in that 42-17 loss to the Bron­cos, and El­liott fin­ished with a ca­reer-low 8. But the Pack­ers have the 26thranked run de­fense through four weeks.

“I just think you have to be care­ful about get­ting into num­bers too much,” Cow­boys coach Ja­son Gar­rett said. “We’re go­ing to go do what we want to do and again, try to at­tack dif­fer­ent ways, try to be who we are in all phases of our team.”

The Pack­ers’ Aaron Jones had his first ca­reer 100-yard game in a 35-31 win over the Cow­boys as a rookie two years ago, but has av­er­aged 20 yards in two games since go­ing for 116 in Week 2 this year. Like their de­fense, the Pack­ers have the 26th-ranked rush­ing of­fense.

“We’ve got to make sure the wide re­ceivers are on the same page, the quar­ter­back’s on the same page, the tight ends are on the same page, the of­fen­sive line’s on the same page and the run­ning back is,” left tackle David Bakhtiari said.

The Cow­boys will be with­out six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Ty­ron Smith, who sprained an an­kle against the Saints. Right tackle La’el Collins missed the first two prac­tices af­ter a back is­sue cropped up this week.

Cameron Flem­ing will fill in for Smith. The Cow­boys are con­sid­er­ing mov­ing sec­ond-year guard Con­nor Wil­liams to Collins’ spot and start­ing some­one else at left guard. The Cow­boys are set to face one of the NFL’s two lineback­ing tandems with at least three sacks apiece in Pre­ston Smith (41⁄2 sacks) and Za’Dar­ius Smith (three).

The Pack­ers are 3-0 against the Cow­boys at AT&T Sta­dium, with three dra­matic vic­to­ries, start­ing in 2013 when Rodgers was in­jured and Matt Flynn led the Pack­ers’ 37-36 win af­ter trail­ing 26-3 at half­time.

Two years af­ter the Dez catch that wasn’t, the Pack­ers beat the Cow­boys in the di­vi­sional-round again on Rodgers’ im­prob­a­ble 35-yard com­ple­tion to Jared Cook that set up Ma­son Crosby’s field goal on the fi­nal play in a 34-31 win.

In 2017, Rodgers’ 12-yard scor­ing pass to Adams with 11 sec­onds left gave the Pack­ers a 35-31 win.

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