On Sunday Night, it seemed like no one in the NFL could beat Green Bay. On the flip side, Dallas didn't look like they could beat anyone in pads, much less the NFL.
In the end, the Packers played the game every fan wanted them to play: they were efficient, disciplined and dominant in every aspect of the game. The Dallas defense was out coached, out classed and out played.
The Packers put up a staggering 415 offensive yards and four touchdowns, with three coming through the air from an obviously motivated Aaron Rodgers.The ground game, though hardly fantastic, seemed to get their feet underneath them and delivered a solid performance.
The defense continued its strong performance with a dominant effort, holding the Cowboys to only a single score when Kitna hit Dez Bryant with three brilliant passes before the end of the half. The Packers defense was on the receiving end of four turnovers as well, taking advantage of every opportunity to push Dallas further into the cellar. Clay Matthews was stellar, and it seemed everywhere you looked a rookie or backup was stepping up big and making plays.
While a majority of the discussion could be centered around the caliber of opponent in the Cowboys, there is something to be said for a team that can keep momentum rolling in the right direction. This is the third consecutive victory for the Packers, and it is a definite exclamation point going into the bye week.
The win against Minnesota was an emotional victory, and bigger for Rodgers than probably anything else. The shut out against the Jets was a statement that Green Bay is a team of fighters, and tonight was a statement as well—the Packers are not going to lie down or let up.
The truth is, they can't afford to either.
The top of the NFC North is certainly a tight race, and every game from here on out can be the difference between playing in January and watching at home. This is where momentum can be so important. When a team racks up wins, confidence grows and it can seem that the ball is always bouncing your way. It certainly seemed that way tonight.
And with a second half schedule as dicey as Green Bay's, confidence may be the best weapon they have.