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A case of Breaking Bad for the Dallas Cowboys

ImagesAs the Cowboys nervously enter another December with a playoff appearance within their giant blue & silver paws, history says every game can be a season-altering loss. Two months ago a guaranteed loss for the Dallas Cowboys football team was written in blood - December 15 vs. Green Bay Packers.

Then Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on Nov. 4, and now ... the Packers are a mess of Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn. If Rodgers is out, the Packers lose. Rodgers' health could dramatically affect the NFC East title.

With Rodgers playing, the Packers were 5-2.
With Rodgers on the sidelines, the Packers are 0-4-1.

The Packers have to win, and while Rodgers should have been cleared by now he is still waiting to play.


The Packers are 5-6-1, and while Rodgers is itching to play it does not sound like he will be cleared for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Rodgers has been given the OK to practice, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy has not ruled out Rodgers for Sunday's game.

How is this bad for the Cowboys? If Rodgers has been cleared to practice, he is this much closer to playing in a game and that looks like it would be against the Cowboys on December 15.

For the Cowboys, a guaranteed loss turned to a guaranteed win is now a giant If. 

There has been some thought that if the Packers were out of the playoff picture - a loss against the Falcons would do it - the team would shut down Rodgers. Don't buy it.

Just assume that Aaron Rodgers will return to play against the Cowboys.

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It was reported three days ago by Ian Rapoport that if the Packers fell out of contention, Rodgers would be shut down for the remainder of the year. For Green Bay to make the playoffs, they'd need to run the table and hope that both Detroit and Chicago falters (That tie game with the Vikes was a killer for their playoff hopes). That scenario is highly unlikely to happen. This week's Green Bay v. Atlanta game is a must win for the Pack, yet it was reported today that Matt Flynn is taking the first team snaps. Mike McCarthy is not ruling out a Rodgers start, but it seems unlikely that he'd play a rusty Rodgers coming off an injury without at least a few days of practice with the first team. Should the Packers lose against the Falcons, I doubt we'll see Rodgers for the remainder of the season. That would be breaking good for the Cowboys.

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