Packers Memo - Big Win over Big D

Green Bay 28 Dallas 7.

Not a work of art, but progress with a much needed win over the conference rival Cowboys.

The Pack improves to 9-4 and a full-game advantage over the Vikings plus the tie-breaker with three games to play.

The big news came before the game when it was announced Coach Mike McCarthy would be calling the plays again for the first time this season.

Frankly, things didn't seem that much different terms of plays called during the first three quarters as the Green and Gold were stuck on 14 points in lights.  A Packer drive died inside the Dallas 1 early when the QB sneak wasn't sneaky enough.  However, the Packers ran more plays and the balance between run and pass begat a strong time of possession.

Green Bay's line of defense did a solid job for the third consecutive week.  Three Dallas runs accounted for most of their yardage, but the passing game for Dallas was left at the terminal.  A huge play early in the game for the defense was running down the Cowboy running back inside the 20, then keeping them out of the end zone.

Eddie Lacy and  James Starks were the top performers behind an offensive line who created holes and sustained blocks.  The team ran for more than 200 yards for the first time in eleven years.

This win, plus Minnesota's loss this week means the Packers will, at the very least, play for the NFC North Title on January 3 when the Vikings come to (Title) town.  Wins in Oakland next Sunday or in Arizona the following week will take care of that detail.

The Motown Miracle and Run in the Rain have the Packer team arrow pointing up again - let's keep stacking wins.  Go Pack, Go!