2014 NFL Playoffs - NFC Divisional Playoffs - Cowboys vs. Packers Betting Odds Preview

Line: Cowboys -6

The Dallas Cowboys travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in an NFC divisional Playoff matchup. The Packers earned a bye last week while the Cowboys beat the Lions in dramatic fashion to move on. The bye came at a great time for the Packers as quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to rest his injured calf and he will be ready to go come game time. The Cowboys come in winners of their last 5 games and their offense has averaged 37 points per game during that stretch with their defense allowing an average of 20 points per game. The Packers come in winners of 4 of their last 5 games and their offense has averaged 27 points per game while their defense has allowed 20 points per game.

The Dallas Cowboys were a perfect 8-0 on the road this year and have averaged 34.4 points per game in those wins. Tony Romo who has been criticized in the past for folding late in the year has been spectacular down the stretch. He has thrown 14 touchdowns with only 1 interception while compiling a 129.4 passer rating in the cowboys last 5 games. Running back Demarco Murray led the league with 1,845 rushing yards and also ran for 13 touchdowns. Wide receiver Dez Bryant has also had a pro-bowl worthy season with 1,320 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. If there is a weakness with the Cowboys it would be the secondary which has given up some big plays including allowing Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson to rack up 174 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Green Bay Packers were a perfect 8-0 at home this year and boasts the leagues best receiving duo in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. They are the first teammates in NFL history to both surpass 1,200 receiving yards and both have at least 12 receiving touchdowns. The Packers also do a great job of holding onto the ball as they led the league with only 13 turnovers this year. The Packers have been literally unbeatable at home and Aaron Rodgers touchdown to interception ratio at home this year was 25-0. The packers also boast a formidable running game led by Eddie Lacy. Lacy has averaged over 90 yards per game in the last 4 while rushing for 3 touchdowns. With temperatures expected to be in the teens, the Packers could have a slight edge as in games played in temperatures below 40 degrees, Tony Romo has a passer rating of 86.3 while Rodgers is right near his career average of 106 at 104.7.

Aaron Rodgers is considered by many to be one of the best quarterbacks in the N.F.L but has lost almost as many playoff games as he won with a record of 5-4. Tony Romo is playing as well as he ever has and this matchup between equally talented teams could go down as one of the greatest games when all is said and done.

Pick: Cowboys -6

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