Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kickoff time and network: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
This is a big game for the Cowboys, because it represents a chance for them to show how far they've come from rock bottom. Your memory might have blocked this out, but allow me to remind you that the 'Boys were crushed 45-7 by this Green Bay team in the final game of the Wade Phillips era in 2010.
This one will be at home, and they'll have Tony Romo under center instead of Jon Kitna, but they'll still be facing the NFL's all-time highest-rated quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.
If the Cowboys want to believe they can go toe-to-toe with anybody in the NFC, this is the most important home game on the schedule. A strong showing at Cowboys Stadium against one of the best all-around teams in the league would send a message.
Green Bay was 7-1 on the road in 2011 but only 4-4 away from home last year. The Packers are always a tough out, but this is a game the Cowboys have to win.
Prediction: Cowboys 30, Packers 28
At home, I give Dallas a slight edge over a Green Bay team that is better overall but still possessing some clear flaws, which were highlighted in last year's playoffs. This is an instance in which DeMarco Murray can carry the 'Boys to victory.