Mike McCarthy Returns to Lambeau for the First Time
The Dallas-Green Bay game in Week 10 will be an emotional matchup when Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy returns to face his former team.
The meeting will be the first time McCarthy faces the Packers in Green Bay since he was fired as head coach in 2018 following a 4-7-1 start to the season.
Despite the tough final season, in nearly 13 seasons with Green Bay, McCarthy led the Packers to the playoffs nine times and finished with a 125-77-2 record. His best season with the team came in 2010 when the Packers won the Super Bowl.
Now halfway through this season, McCarthy and the Cowboys have a far better shot at making the playoffs than his former team.
The Cowboys, with a 6-2 record, are second in the NFC East behind the undefeated Eagles, while the Packers are 3-6. Green Bay remains second in the NFC North; however, its five-game losing streak has the Bears poised to take over the slot.
Cowboys Return From Bye
Dallas will return from the bye hoping to stay competitive with the Eagles, who own a two-game lead in the NFC East.
With the Packers and Cowboys both second in their respective divisions, Dallas could improve its shot at the Wild Card with a win over Green Bay, also looking for a Wild Card spot.
The Cowboys’ defense has remained its strong point, with Dallas leading the league in sacks while its takeaways are third.
The Cowboys have 33 sacks, led by linebacker Micah Parsons, whose eight are fifth in the NFL. Dallas’ six takeaways are led by cornerback Trevon Diggs, who has three interceptions.
Dallas’ overall defense is also strong, as its total yards allowed is 10th in the NFL while its total points is third. The Cowboys allow 313.5 yards and 16.6 points a game.
The Cowboys’ offense has been doing enough to win, as they average 322.1 yards and 22.9 points a game, both in the middle of the league.
Dallas’ defense should continue to lead the team to success against a struggling and injured Green Bay team.
Injuries Plague the Packers
Green Bay’s game against Detroit was detrimental for more reasons than the Packers’ fifth loss in a row.
The Packers’ losing streak is their longest since 2008; however, Green Bay also had eight players go down with injuries, and while some returned, others were more serious.
Linebacker Rashan Gary, cornerback Eric Stokes, and wide receiver Romeo Doubs were all carted off. Gary is out for the season with a torn ACL and Stokes was seen after the game on crutches and in a walking boot. Gary has led the team with six sacks, while Stokes has 26 total tackles. Doubs, meanwhile, has a high ankle sprain, sidelining him 4-to-6 weeks after recording 314 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Wide receiver Christian Watson and running back Aaron Jones also went out, but after being held out due to precaution, both should be back against Dallas. Watson had two catches for 24 yards, and Jones finished with nine rushes for 25 yards against Detroit.
With Watson and Doubs out, wide receiver Allen Lazard led the way with 87 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Josiah Deguara and wide receiver Samori Toure also added 41 and 34 yards, respectively. On the ground, running back AJ Dillon helped fill Jones’ absence with 11 rushes for 34 yards.
Many different guys stepped up when Green Bay’s starters got injured against Detroit, and the Packers will need a similar performance to be able to hang with a Cowboys team coming off a bye.
Cowboys vs Packers Injury Report
Cowboys vs Packers Head-to-Head
Dallas and Green Bay have played 29 times in the regular season, with the Packers leading the series 16-13. Green Bay has won eight of the last nine games, including the last meeting 34-24 in October 2019 in Dallas. This will be the first meeting between Mike McCarthy and his former team.
Cowboys vs Packers Game Information
- Game: Cowboys vs Packers
- Day: Sunday, Nov. 13th
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
- How to Watch Cowboys vs Packers? ESPN
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Cowboys vs Packers Betting Lines
Cowboys vs Packers Picks & Prediction
Although the game is in Green Bay, Dallas shouldn’t have a problem grabbing a win on the road. The Cowboys are coming off a bye, while the Packers are on a five-game losing streak and have suffered several injuries.
The Packers couldn’t do anything offensively against the worst defense in the league a week ago, scoring nine points, and the Cowboys’ top-ranked defense shouldn’t be any easier.
With a stronger Dallas offense, as well as McCarthy’s experience at Lambeau, the Cowboys should get their coach a win over his former team with a cover.
The Dallas Cowboys are listed at -220 in our Vegas NFL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cowboys you have a chance to win $45. The Green Bay Packers are +180, offering a chance to win $180on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Dallas Cowboys a 68.75% chance to win, with the Green Bay Packers at 35.71%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.