Going into week 5 the Green Bay Packers were optimistic that they would be able to sneak a win out in Dallas against a Cowboys team that had the same record as them at 3-1. This optimism came up big against the Cowboys as they were able to walk away with a 34-24 win and move their record to 4-1 heading into a crucial Monday night football divisional game against the Detroit Lions. This is an important game as the Lions are in second place in the NFC North, the same division as the Packers.
On the way to the 34-24 victory over the Cowboys, the Packers enjoyed a career game from running back Aaron Jones in which he scored an astounding 4 touchdowns. The Cowboys started with the ball and drove down the field pretty quickly until the Packers corner back Jaire Alexander intercepted a pass tipped off of the hands of Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper. The packers quickly drove down the field and scored on an 18-yard touchdown run by Packers running back Aaron Jones making the score 7-0. The Cowboys drove down the field again and were stopped at the 45-yard line and punted. The Packers started their next drive at 11-yard line and had another solid drive down the field and scored on another touchdown rush by Aaron Jones making the score Packers 14 and Cowboys 0. The Cowboys had another decent drive down the field that was halted by another interception by the Packers defense. There was then no scoring until the packers kicked a field goal to make the score 17-0. The Cowboys missed a 50-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the 1st half. The Packers took a 17 point lead into halftime, but the Cowboys wouldn’t go away in the second half. The Packers scored again at the beginning of the second half on Aaron Jones 3rd touchdown run of the game and made the score 24-0. With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter the Packers were up 31-3 on Aaron Jones 4th touchdown of game, but the Cowboys came roaring back and made the Packers and their fans a little worried and the final score ended up being 34-24. The Packers upcoming game against the Detroit Lions on Monday night football is their most important game thus far this season as they look to improve to 5-1. Stay tuned for predictions for the game against the Lions.
The packers and their fans were very hopeful going into week 4 undefeated, and playing at home on a Thursday night against a struggling Eagles team. It started off well as the Packers defense got a stop right away in the first quarter. The Packers offense quickly drove down the field and scored immediately following the defensive stop on a 3-yard touchdown rush by Packers running back Aaron Jones. Following another defensive stop, the Packers offense got to work again and had a promising drive but ended up being stopped at the Eagles 12-yard line. They then opted for a field goal from Packers kicker Mason Crosby and made it 10-0 with 14:01 left in the 2nd quarter.
Following the Packers field goal, the Eagles struck back quickly. They had a short 2 minute drive down the field and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to receiver Alshon Jefferey. After this point the Eagles never really looked back and the Packers defense struggled to get stops following a scoreless first quarter from the defensive side of the ball. Following the Eagles touchdown the Packers drove down the field once again and opted for a 31-yard field goal by Crosby. The following drive for the Eagles ended in another touchdown pass from Wentz making it 14-13 Philadelphia. The Packers then didn’t score the following drive and gave the ball back to the Eagles offense, who once again drove down the field and scored on a 1-yard touchdown carry by Eagles running back Jordan Howard. The Eagles now led 21-13 with 1 minute left in the first half, but if anyone can drive down the field quick and score it is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In Rodgers fashion he did drive down the field in less than a minute and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to receiver Geronimo Allison making it 21-20 with the Eagles leading at halftime.
The Eagles started off the second half scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to Jordan Howard, making the score 27-20 Philly. Following the touchdown by the Eagles, the Packers offense scored again on a touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham, making the score even at 27-27. The Eagles struck back immediately and made the score 34-27 on a touchdown run by Jordan Howard. The Packers offense then drove all the way down to the 1-yard line and failed to score on 4 straight plays, turning the ball over on downs, and giving it back to the eagles. From this point until the end of the game neither team scored, highlighted by the Eagles defense intercepting Aaron Rodgers in the end zone with 20 seconds left, thereby ending the game at a final score of 34-27 Philadelphia. The Packers move to 3-1 and the Eagles to 2-2. The Packers and fans are highly anticipating the week 5 match-up against the the Dallas Cowboys who are also 3-1 coming off of a loss to the New Orleans Saints. Stay tuned for a post later this week about the Packers upcoming game and the predictions that go along with it. Have a great week!