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.