Packers Crush Cowboys 45-7

Senior writer jclombardi highlights Packers victory over Cowboys & CB Harris to be released.

Packers crush Cowboys 45-7: On Sunday night, the clicking started and never stopped, turning into a drumbeat of efficiency in a 45-7 victory over the downtrodden Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. Rodgers completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns and receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones embarrassed the Cowboys secondary by combining for 15 catches, 203 yards and two touchdowns. Whatever Rodgers threw seemed to wind up in the hands of one of the Packers. “When everything is clicking,” said receiver Nelson, “that’s what it looks like.” The entire offense stepped up, producing 31 points and 415 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per play and converting 10 of 15 third downs (67%). “I think we made some progress,” said offensive coordinator Philbin. “When we met as an offense we didn’t talk about needing to score 31 points, but we did talk about the need to move the chains and make first downs.”

Packers–complete package win: Throughout their up-and-down, .500 start, the Green Bay Packers kept saying how they were striving to play a game in which all three phases – offense, defense and special teams – played well simultaneously. “We accomplished that tonight,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday night, following his team’s 45-7 utter domination of the hapless Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. “We played a complete football game tonight. This is the way you want to go into the bye week.” Indeed, with the offense shaking off its inconsistent play, the defense picking up where it left off a week earlier in a shutout of the New York Jets and the special teams units chipping in with a fumble return for a touchdown, the Packers thoroughly outplayed the Cowboys in every phase. The rout sent the Packers (6-3) into their bye week riding a three-game winning streak, a half-game ahead of Chicago (5-3) in the NFC North.

Packers rout Cowboys: Facing a crumbling team that has given up on its coach and its season, the Packers dominated in every way Sunday night in humiliating the Dallas Cowboys 45-7. “You always set out to play a complete game, and we accomplished that tonight,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Very pleased with the special teams with two good takeaways. The defense swarmed all over and kept them out of the end zone, and the offense got into a rhythm. I really like the way the run-pass ratio was tonight. Third down was the key. We played a complete football game tonight. This is the way you want to go into the bye week.” The win is the Packers’ third straight and improved their record to 6-3, which keeps them a half-game ahead of Chicago (5-3) and 2½ games ahead of Minnesota (3-5) for first place in the NFC North Division.

Veteran CB Harris to be releasedHarris’ career with the Green Bay Packers is about to come to an end. The team plans on releasing the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback on Monday, the deadline for deciding his fate after three weeks of practicing with the team. “Yes, that is what they are going to do,” Harris said in a text message late Sunday night. “I lost my job to injury, but I have only good things to say about Green Bay and everyone I worked with.” Harris, who began practicing on Oct. 19, was not activated from the PUP for the third straight eligible week.

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