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Three reasons the Packers will beat the Cowboys

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have won three straight to make the playoffs, but no opponent has been as good as the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys finished 12-5, including 8-0 at home. In home games, he ranked first in scoring, including 37.4 points.

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They have MVP candidate Dak Prescott at quarterback, CeeDee Lamb, the best wide receiver in the NFL, and Mick Parsons, a game-changing running back.

The Packers are a 7-point underdog at FanDuel Sportsbook (they start at 8), so there are plenty of reasons for the Packers to lose.

We’ll learn more about this on Sunday. Here are three reasons why they will win: 1. You have to love a tough quarterback.

Jordan Love makes his playoff debut. He has one of those Aaron Rodgers style pitches: 18-18 touchdowns.

He had one interception in his last eight games. In three games to close the regular season, Love has seven touchdowns (plus two TDs), zero interceptions, and nearly 800 passing yards.

Love has not wavered since the Rodgers trade. He was calm ahead of his Chicago debut. He stayed calm as the Packers lost four straight to start the season and then lost two in a row in December.

He was a stone-cold assassin in the madness of Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium. There’s no reason to expect anything different when he steps to the line of scrimmage for the first time on Sunday.

“I’ll be the same,” Love said. “Every game, I got through a checklist of what I tell myself, things to try to tell myself to relax, calm down, see the game, let it come to me and just focus on all the little details that I can focus on, control what I can control.

So, I don’t think it will be any different than any other game. Obviously, it will be an away game, it will be a loud environment.

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So, just trying to get my feet and get settled into the game will be huge.” Especially early in Brett Favre’s career, then-coach Mike Holmgren had to get his excitable future MVP settled into games.

That won’t be necessary for coach Matt LaFleur. With Love and his multitude of young, talented and underrated weapons, expect Love to be unleashed against a Cowboys defense that finished fifth in completion percentage and yards, sixth in passer rating, eighth in interceptions and ninth in yards per attempt.

“Jordan’s a pretty even-keeled guy but, on gameday, he’s still pretty chill, but you can see the fire in his eyes, which is pretty cool,” offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich said.

“But once you get into the game, you always want to let the quarterback make a play, give him some completions, get him in a good mood, and see what happens.” 2. No. 11 No. 1 RECEIVER Last week, Bears cornerback Jaquan Brisker made headlines when he essentially called Packers receivers a bunch of nobody.

Just because the Packers don’t have a star at wide receiver right now doesn’t mean they don’t have a star of the future.

Jaden Reed could be that player. Reed, a second-round pick, has had incredible numbers. He broke Sterling Sharpe’s franchise rookie record with 64 catches.

In doing so, he became the first rookie in NFL history to have at least 60 receptions, 750 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, 100 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.


Among this year’s rookies, Reed ranks sixth in receptions, fifth in receiving yards with 793, and second with eight touchdowns.

Among rookies targeted at least 25 times, he ranks fourth in catch percentage (71.1) and route yards (2.04), according to Pro Football Focus.

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