GREEN BAY WI - NOVEMBER 07: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown with fans against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 7 2010 in Green Bay Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Almost everything went right for the Green Bay Packers, and almost everything went wrong for the Dallas Cowboys. The announcers were after Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett for coaching an offense that couldn't block and a defense that didn't disguise anything. But the coaches aren't on the field.
Only once did Collingsworth talk about the players, when he said that their defense only had one great player (DE DeMarcus Ware). He was dumbfounded that the offense was so bad with so many great players. But other than a great game from WR Dez Bryant, the Cowboys players were beaten one-on-one by the Packers players. It hasn't been that easy this season, but the Cowboys made it look easy for the Packers. That's a compliment to the entire Packer team, but it's also noting that the Cowboys are going to have to reevaluate their entire roster this offseason.
While the Cowboys spent this week getting back to the real fundamentals of football, one of the announcers mentioned that Mike McCarthy had made an effort to simplify the offense. This seemed somewhat successful as the Packer receivers often beat the Cowboys defensive backs one-on-one, but they were still confused on a couple plays. One running play had the entire offense going one way, while QB Aaron Rodgers went off by himself with the ball. On a pass play later in the game, Rodgers seemed upset at the route run by WR Jordy Nelson.
I can't imagine entering the bye week on a higher note. But they've got to get themselves ready because four of their next five games are on the road. They finish the season with three divisional games, three games against likely playoff teams (Falcons, Patriots, and Giants), and only one soft opponent (home vs. 49ers).
This week they can focus on getting players healthy including WR Donald Driver, DE Ryan Pickett (who rolled his ankle again), and TE Andrew Quarless. The replacements for those players are either playing great (DE C.J. Wilson for Pickett), inconsistent (WR James Jones/WR Jordy Nelson for Driver), or it's just not the same (anyone for Quarless). The blocking tight ends remain, but there's no receiving threat from the tight end position without Quarless. Jones showed up big on Sunday night, but he was a big zero the week before while Nelson has never been consistent either. The pass offense could really use Driver and Quarless back if they want their offense to produce every week.