Last week, Bart Scott predicted that Aaron Rodgers would slice and dice the New York Giants’ secondary. He was right. Rodgers threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-13 Green Bay win.
Scott, however, is not predicting that the Packers will reach, or win, the Super Bowl. Far from it. In fact, he believes that Green Bay will lose in Dallas this Sunday – convincingly.
“Green Bay probably going to get that thing handed to them pretty bad,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “(Rodgers is) going to have to be more efficient. He’s not going to get as many possessions. That’s the thing. While Aaron Rodgers is trying to figure out what the game plan is, he’s going to have to do it and be super efficient to get touchdowns, not field goals, and not have a drop or a holding penalty. We know that when Dallas gets it, the Green Bay defense is going to have to take chances. They’re going to have to gamble a lot. You live by the blitz, you die by the blitz, but they’re going to get the eighth man in the box, which is going to create opportunities down the field for heavy play-action, double moves. When you can run the football, everything is available. The best defense is a great offense. That’s why I say I think this is going to be a landslide.”
Seconds later, though, Scott said the Cowboys will win by “about 10 points.” So not a landslide win, but a win nonetheless.
“(Rodgers) can put up 24, but then I think at the same time, (the Cowboys have) shown that they can put up 34,” Scott said. “Once you start running the ball, man, I’m telling you: It’s like taking somebody’s pride. It’s like smacking somebody. Punch me in the face, kick me in the chest – don’t smack me, man. That’s like toying with me. I think this Dallas Cowboy line can toy with that light (Green Bay) line. Dom Capers’ defense is going to have to take chances. And as soon as (Dallas offensive coordinator Scott Linehan) sees that eighth man in the box and you freeze that safety and you get that open post and you get the middle open or you run two seams up the middle, there’s nothing you can do about it. Now you start scrambling.”
Thus, it will be crucial for Green Bay to score points early.
“They have to,” Scott said. “They have to try to put the pressure on Dak. But (the Cowboys have) shown that even when they’re down that they can still stay with the game plan because they play a game that wears you down over time. You can stop the run for a little bit, but then it just starts hurting and it’s just like, ‘Man, coach, I can’t hold up.’ And then you start seeing people make business decisions and they try to find a cheaper, easier way. They run around that block because they’re tired of the physical collision and that’s when the creases start. Once the creases start, the floodgates open.”
Kickoff is at 4:40 p.m. ET.