Green Bay Packers
The Dallas Cowboys cannot be blamed for wondering “what if?’’ But no, not “what if we would’ve beaten the Packers and then beaten the Falcons and then advanced to the Super Bowl against the Patriots?’’
This “what if’’ is a simple philosophical regret from Green Bay 34, Dallas 31 in their playoff game a week ago: Dallas fell behind 21-3 in its final game … and stayed behind, for the most part, because it didn’t ride Ezekiel Elliott. That early deficit is being given by some as the reason they didn’t “stick with the run” more, in the form of more than 22 carries for Elliott.
But the point is being missed. The score was 0-0 when Dallas first decided to not “stick with it,” as on third-and-2 within field-goal range when they let Dak Prescott throw downfield into coverage for an … Read More »
Yes, it’s Wednesday, but it’s never too early to get the Reverse Barometer out for a good solid look at the NFL Conference Championship games this weekend. And since we here at ScoreBoard nailed both Clemson’s National Championship and the Packers’ win at the Cowboys last Sunday, you may want to listen up. Or not. We’re on a roll but we’re also due for a loss, so read ahead at your own peril.
For those of you who are still drowning your sorrows in the Cowboys’ loss, get over it. Aaron Rodgers has done that to a few teams over the years. Time to look ahead.
Packers at Falcons – NFC Championship
The biggest question is “will Jordy Nelson be back?” Guess what? It may not matter. When Rodgers is throwing the pill, he turns the ordinary receivers into stars. Did you see … Read More »
ARLINGTON – It will be argued forever that the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff loss to the Packers yesterday at AT&T Stadium was about the results of rust. Or about the results about readiness. Or about the results of the reliance on rookies.
But to me? Packers 34, Cowboys 31 was exactly what I’d feared it would be: About the results of Rodgers.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers was my regular-season pick for NFL MVP based on the simplest of facts: He is the NFL star with the best chance to get to the Super Bowl with the least amount of help. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, after suffering through Rodgers’ conversion of a third-and-19 to set up the game-winning field goal with no time remaining, said when it’s all over, Rodgers “will go down as one of the three greatest to ever lace ’em … Read More »
First things first. Hats off to my ScoreBoardTX partner Rob Scichili for his almost spot-on upset prediction Monday morning of Clemson by 3 over Alabama (final score Tigers 35-31). Now it’s my turn to be the prognosticator, but unfortunately what my crystal ball is showing me will ruffle a few feathers here in the Metroplex. The Cowboys will be one-and-done this weekend.
Before the tar and feathers come out, let me explain the reasoning behind my seemingly traitorous statement. In fact, I’ll tie it into the results of Monday’s championship game where Crimson Tide true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts fell short to a superior, more experienced player on the opposing sideline, Deshaun Watson. While Hurts was good, Watson was better. And on Sunday I expect the Cowboys’ rookie sensation QB Dak Prescott to be the second best play-caller on the field … Read More »
The Green Bay Packers are a breath of fresh air in the world of professional sports. Not because they’re in the smallest market of any major sport (although the fact that there is an NFL team in Green Bay, Wisconsin but not in Los Angeles is pretty wild), and not because of the long, long history the franchise has, going back to the very beginning of the NFL. The reason the Packers are refreshing is that they’re the only publicly traded company of any team sport. The Packers are actually owned by thousands of Packer fans who’ve bought stock in the team. The fact that the stock is basically worthless and can’t be sold on any market doesn’t seem to bother any of the thousands of people who own a piece of the team.
But because the Packers are a publicly … Read More »
This weekend has always been my favorite of the entire NFL season for as long as I can remember. Yeah, I know, there’s only two games, when the last two weeks have given us Saturdays and Sundays with four games, but Championship Sunday has always been special.
Of course everyone is focused on the Super Bowl, but championship games have an allure about them that is different, probably simply because they are played at one of the team’s home stadiums in front of their own fans. There is less fan fare and the football is usually spectacular.
A look at some of the best conference championship games in NFL history; I picked my personal three greatest from each conference:
1982 (1981 season): Dallas at San Francisco — “The Catch.” Cowboy fans cringe at those two words, but I’m actually quite proud of them. … Read More »