Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

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Packers: Almost all injured players practice, but availability still unclear for Sunday

It's a battle between a pair of defending divisional champions in the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

The Chicago Bears quarterback, Mike Glennon, and the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton have been having hard seasons, to say the least.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a great rookie season in the NFL. The NFC Championship loss following the 1995 season was big, though. In Week 1 Dallas got all over Eli Manning as well.

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The running game is a bit iffy, the offensive line is not the dominant force it was a year ago, and the Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant connection that fans are looking for isn't clicking yet. The package won't work if none of the defensive lineman can eventually get to the quarterback, and if only Lawrence and Collins show they are able to do that with any kind of consistency then opposing offenses will just neuter the pass rush by double teaming the each of them. They average just 74.5 yards per game on the ground. THe running back has 2 touchdowns this season on the ground.

It will take several turnovers though to keep the Cowboys in this game. Between the inability of the receivers to create separation and questionable play calling that has disabled the run game from finding a groove, the offense has bigger issues than Dak's play. And pass-catching tight end Martellus Bennett hasn't scored a touchdown yet this season. Green Bay's lone loss was in Atlanta against the defending NFC Champion Falcons. But even amongst games like Panthers vs. Lions, Ravens vs. Raiders, and Chiefs vs. Texans, the matchup between Green Bay and Dallas stands out significantly.

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Randall was benched to start the third quarter after giving up a touchdown just before halftime and was seen sulking on the sideline while Josh Hawkins took his place in the defense. For now, he'll be looking for Jordy Nelson frequently and it sounds like Davante Adams will play despite getting crushed by Danny Trevathan 10 days prior.

Irving sat out the first four games of the season due to violating the league's performance enhancing substance policy. But a win would instill a much needed sense of confidence moving forward, especially against a good Packers team. The Cowboys are going to want to get back on track, as losing two straight at home certainly would not be a good start. If Green Bay continues at that paltry pace, it would shatter the team record for rushing ineptitude in a single season. All the same, a Dallas defensive score looks a possibility.

To make a long story short, all five of these key players have the potential to change games at their respective positions and, despite what the team did against Chicago, the Packers are going to need all five of them in order to check off their long-term goals for the season.

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