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Packers visit Cowboys in Week 15 NFL clash

Green Bay PackersDallas Cowboys
6-6-1December 15, 2013, 04:25 | AT&T Stadium7-6

The Green Bay Packers squeaked out a much-needed victory last Sunday, nipping Atlanta by a point at Lambeau Field. So they're now 1-3-1 without Aaron Rodgers.

From what it looks like the Pack will be without #12 again this week when they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.

At 6-6-1 Green Bay is only a half-game behind first-place Detroit and Chicago in the NFC North. The Packers split their season series with the Lions, but lost their only game so far with the Bears.

On the home side of this bout Dallas just got dumped at Chicago Monday night 45-28 to drop out of the lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys, at 7-6, now trail first-place Philadelphia by a game, with a match-up against the Eagles looming in three weeks.

As of early this week most books were holding off on lining this game, until more certain word of Rodgers' status became available (watch for updates at BetOnline.

The home team is 13-1 SU past 14 meetings of these teams. The Packers are 2-6 ATS in their past eight road games, while the Cowboys are 7-2 SU past nine home games.

Backers of the Cowboys have seen them go 7-6 and 8-5 ATS so far this season, while the Packers are at 6-6-1 and 5-7-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Packers are 6-7, while the Cowboys are 8-5.

View Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys Odds and Stats.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 22-rated Cowboys and the No. 18-rated Packers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 25-23 win for the Cowboys on Sunday.

In their last action, Green Bay was a 22-21 winner at home against the Falcons. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (43) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Dallas comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Tony Romo in a losing cause against the Bears, a 45-28 final.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 27.46 PPG, against a Packers defense that ranks No. 20 this week at 25.08 PPG. The Cowboys aerial game is averaging 234.62 yards per game, less than the Packers secondary allows through the air, 246.77 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Packers own the league's No. 12-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 108.17 yards per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 25 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Packers at Cowboys trends to consider:
Green Bay is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Green Bay is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Green Bay's last 10 games
Green Bay is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Dallas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Dallas is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Green Bay home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, December 22nd
Dallas at Washington, Sunday, December 22nd