GREEN BAY — The Packers have four-fifths of their starting offensive line intact for today’s game against Dallas at Lambeau Field, a much healthier situation than the one they faced 10 days ago in Detroit.
The only starter up front who is out today is C Corey Linsley, who will be replaced by JC Tretter. RT Bryan Bulaga, who was questionable with an ankle injury, is active and expected to start. RG T.J. Lang, who along with Bulaga missed the Lions game, is also back in the lineup following a shoulder injury.
Unfortunately, the news isn’t as good on rookie WR Ty Montgomery, who is out once again and will miss his seventh straight game with an ankle injury. Also, rookie RB John Crockett, who gave the offense a spark in the second half in Detroit, is inactive, leaving the ground game in the hands of Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
News of the day: FOX reported this morning that Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy would be taking back play-calling duties for today’s game. Other reports have indicated the decision was made earlier in the week.
TV cameras are sure to be on McCarthy as soon as the Packers begin their first offensive possession, presumably to catch him covering his mouth with his play sheet as he calls the play for QB Aaron Rodgers to hear in his helmet speaker.
Wet weather: It’s been raining much of the day in Green Bay, and reports are that it’s not going to let up much, if at all, during the game. Temperatures are in the high 40s or low 50s, and there isn’t much wind, at least not yet.
Lambeau Field was covered by a tarp until just under two hours before kickoff.
In the NFC North: The division scenario is pretty simple at this point. With a win, the Packers will move on game ahead of the Vikings for first place, which would guarantee that the Packers will, at the very least, play for the division title when Minnesota visits Lambeau Field in Week 17.
With a loss, the Packers would drop back into a tie with the Vikings with three games to play. One team would have to get a two-game lead on the other before Week 17 for the regular-season finale to not have the NFC North title at stake.
A Green Bay win, coupled with losses by the Falcons and Buccaneers — who were both losing in the second half at the time of this posting — would also put the Packers one more win away from clinching a playoff spot in the NFC.
National reach: Packers-Cowboys is being shown to a national audience on FOX today. The Denver market is the only one in the country that is not carrying the game, due to the Broncos playing at home at the same time.
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