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Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Who's got the edge?

Who has the edge in defense ... the Packers or Cowboys? Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Who has the edge in defense … the Packers or Cowboys? Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Dallas Cowboys host the Green Bay Packers with a need for a win to stay in the battle for the NFC East.

The Packers are desperately holding onto the fact they are only one-half game out of the NFC North Division lead despite a winless November, though to be fair you try and win a game without a quarterback. This game could decide certain playoff scenarios, but mostly for the Packers.

So who has the edge?

Tony Romo
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Tony Romo has put together a good season to the tune of 3,244 yards, 27 TDs, and only 7 picks. His only real boneheaded decision came versus Denver (which of course cost them). However, we are entering December, and that’s where Tony seems to do his most damage. Jury has yet to be out there.

The other side this equation is not even close. Matt Flynn has been what he is, a stand in. Three games in and he is at 615 yards, 2 TDs and 2 picks. While Flynn is more or less at 1-1-1 this season, his ineffectiveness at Detroit is worrisome, even versus Dallas’s terrible defense.

Cowboys have this one in the bag. Romo is a Pro Bowl QB, even though he manages to blow it in big games.

Edge – Cowboys


At the halfback position we have an interesting group. DeMarco Murray has been inconsistent, but that is mainly due to his health. So far this year he has rushed for 843 yards for 7 TDs and 5.27 yards per carry. The Packers Eddie Lacy, however, has been a revelation, rushing for 887 yards, 7 TDs and 3.9 yards per carry. While Lacy is not doing as well on the yards-per-carry front as Murray, he also has faced more stacked fronts due to the loss of Aaron Rodgers.

Packers get this one due to Lacy’s ability, though you worry about how long he can take the pounding he does. Can he last to the next contract?

Edge – Packers


We have some good competition here. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten form a formidable force when Dez is not busy throwing a tantrum on the sideline. Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Jarrett Boykin form a great trio on the other side of the field.

If Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb were not injured, I would say the Packers would have it, especially with Boykin’s emergence as a weapon. But given the circumstance, the Cowboys get the edge with the Packers having men down.

Edge – Cowboys


A lot of competition at receiver, none on defense, unless you mean who is worse. Both of these defenses have underachieved this year with good players. I feel bad for both DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews for having to endure what they have. Injuries have tested the depth of both teams and showed that they do not really have much.

This one, as it has been the last few weeks, ends up a draw because neither defense truly poses a threat to the other team.

Edge – Draw

Who do you give your “edge” to?

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