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Cowboys get Blown out of the Saddle (11/10/2010)
By Dave DeLano


     
The Green Bay Packers put together their finest performance of the 2010 season Sunday night as they annihilated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 45 – 7. Cheeseheads love a blowout win like this as a small payback for the pain the Cowboys inflicted on the green and gold in the 1990s when the good guys, then led by the Benedictine, lost far too many times. The win brings the Packers’ season record to 6 – 3 and the top of the NFC Central. The Packers were not to be denied in this contest. Late in the first quarter rookie cornerback Sam Shields came up with an incredible one-handed interception. Aaron Rodgers quickly turned that turnover into a touchdown pass and the rout was on. Rodgers, without the services of wide receiver Donald Driver due to injury, was on fire in this game. No matter as Rodgers and Company got into an awesome rhythm and before you knew it the Pack had a 28 – 7 advantage by halftime. The Packers’ defense and special teams were not to be outshined by the offense in this affair as they combined for a total of four turnovers which the hapless Cowboys could not hope to overcome. Clay Matthews III was absolutely lights out and is clearly one of the best players in the NFL. His relentless motor is incredible. The Cowboys’ best efforts to double team and chip block CMIII did not detour this dude. Wreaking havoc is what CMIII does and he is now an enshrined rock star in Titletown. The fun continued for Cheeseheads in the second half. Rodgers kept throwing the ball with great confidence and accuracy. The Packers’ offensive line blocked very effectively and gave Rodgers the time and when they do that, the Packers get dangerous. James Jones stepped up big-time in Driver’s absence. Rodgers threw in Jones’ direction nine times and he caught eight of them for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Packers now have a bye week to look forward to and how fortunate the timing. The injured players placed on the injured reserve list obviously will not be back, but a number of other walking wounded will now have two weeks to get well. It is amazing how the 2010 Packers have lost so many good players to injuries and yet their replacements, like Sam Shields and James Jones, have stepped up and exceeded expectations. The Packers have put together a string of three wins and in doing so have built momentum and confidence in spite of this injury-plagued year. The Packers’ front office, coaching staff and players have to be very proud of their work to get to this point. So it shall be interesting to see if the team can parlay this momentum into a championship season. After this convincing win, I think that possibility is back on the table.  
 

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