Enter Rodgers, down 27-10 in the third quarter. He put together some drives, gave the defense a little rest, quieted the Dallas crowd. At the end, he brought the Pack to within seven points, with enough time left to tie the game, if the defense could have managed just one stop. They couldn't. Dallas put the game away with a final field-goal drive, 37-27, but Rodgers had nothing to be ashamed of -- 18 for 26 for 201 yards, a TD and a fancy 104.8 rating.
The game had a weird aftermath. Detroit's
And now Rodgers, whose gaudy showing against Dallas started all the furor, gets another shot at them, under different circumstances, of course. This one's in Green Bay. Even Packer fans admit that he seems to know what he's doing, and if he could bring the hated Cowboys down to earth, well, they could use another hero, now that Favre is wearing the Jets green.
I think Rodgers and the boys up north are going to pull it off. Green Bay has won the last two meetings in Lambeau against Dallas, scoring 41 and 45 points, respectively, in a pair of blowouts. The Cowboys seem to have all the pieces in place this year, but I don't think the world has yet seen what Rodgers and the Pack are capable of. He ran a high-percentage, controlled passing game against Minnesota, then cut it loose for 328 yards and three TDs against the Lions.
I see a free-scoring game Sunday night, with lots of points and yards, and
The second game that intrigues me is Philly-Pittsburgh. It's a heavyweight fight, with both clubs having knockout punchers running the show. Nothing against Big
Plus, the Steelers hate playing in Philadelphia. They've lost their last seven there. The last time they won in Philly was 43 years ago, almost a decade before the Steel Curtain and Mean
I had no strong opinion on Denver-New Orleans, but
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