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Packers Vs. Cowboys: NFL Week 9 Preview Notes

Two teams heading in opposite directions meet at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. We'll see what the Dallas Cowboys are made of character-wise when they take on a Packers team that's eager to continue their two-game winning streak and create a bit of separation atop the NFC North standings. Here's a few notes about both squads.

 

COWBOYS:

  • In 1st start since 10/5/08 w/ Det., QB JON KITNA completed 34 of 49 (69.4 pct.) for 379 yards with 1 TD vs. Jags...
  • RB MARION BARBER has rushed for 249 yards in 3 career games vs. GB (83 per game).
  •  Incl. playoffs, RB FELIX JONES has 8 career TDs (7 rush, 1 KR) & averages 47.1 yards per TD (377 yards)...
  • WR MILES AUSTIN has 4 100-yard rec. games this season, incl. 117 last week, tied for most in NFC.
  • Rookie WR-PR DEZ BRYANT (1st round) had career-high 84 rec. yards last week. Has 5 total TDs, tied for most among NFL rookies. 
  • WR ROY WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 105 yards (21.0 avg.) & TD in last meeting. 
  • TE JASON WITTEN has TD catch in 3 of past 4, incl. 8-yarder vs. Jax. Aims for 7th in row w/ 50+ rec. yards...
  • LB DE MARCUS WARE has 7 sacks in past 5. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 64.5 sacks since 2006, most in NFL. 
  • LB VICTOR BUTLER had 1st sack & FF of season vs. Jags. 
  • LB KEITH BROOKING has 44 tackles in 5 career games vs. GB, incl. 10 in last meeting. Ranks 2nd on team with 42 tackles in '10...

PACKERS:

  • In 3 career games vs. Cowboys, QB AARON RODGERS has completed 65 of 101 (64.4 pct.) for 680 yards with 2 TDs & 0 INTs for 90.4 rating. Had rush TD & pass TD in 4th qtr. of last meeting. Leads NFL QBs w/ 3 rush TDs in '10...
  • RB BRANDON JACKSON has 398 scrimmage yards (281 rush, 117 rec.) in past 4 (99.5 per game)...
  • WR GREG JENNINGS aims for 4th in row with 6 catches. Leads team with 32 rec. 
  • WR JORDY NELSON had career-high 5 catches (55 yards) last week & aims for 4th in row with 4+ rec...Last week, defense posted 1st shutout since 26-0 W vs. Det. on 10/18/09. 
  • CB CHARLES WOODSON had 47th career INT last week, tied for most among active NFL CBs (CHAMP BAILEY).  Since 2008, Woodson leads NFL with 18 INTs & S NICK COLLINS is tied for 4th with 14. In last meeting, Woodson had sack, INT & 2 FF. 
  • LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 3.5 sacks in past 3, incl. 1 vs. NYJ

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