Packers: Top five performers vs. Cowboys in Week 5 victory

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur
ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 6: Head coach Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 34-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

A whole team effort was needed, and then received. Yet, which players upped their game to help the Green Bay Packers improve to 4-1?

The Green Bay Packers came into Week 5 banged up but ready to be physical. Coach Matt LaFleur put together a good game plan on offense to keep the Packers balanced, in rhythm and ready to pound the ball.

In what was a change from the first four weeks of the season, the offense used more inside zone to play to the strength of their players while taking advantage of an over-aggressive Cowboys defense.

Dallas has three linebackers who are fast and physical and should have made life difficult for the Packers’ run game. Instead, the Packers’ running backs and linemen did what they did best and ran the ball right down the Cowboys’ throat.

A week after getting gashed on the ground, the defense took advantage of the early lead to force Dak Prescott into some tough throws that led to turnovers, while handling Ezekiel Elliott when he did receive the ball.

The game shouldn’t have been as close as the final score (34-24). Green Bay dominated through three quarters of the game, before giving up a lot of yardage and points in the fourth quarter.

Going into the game, the Packers knew they would need a total team effort to come out of Dallas with a win. The team was down their best wide receiver, top backup at running back, and a few depth pieces of defense.

That’s exactly what the Packers got. Players all over the roster stepped up.

But these five players did just a little bit more to bring home the win.