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Former Haughton standout Dak Prescott is looking forward to his first trip to historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., but to him it's just a business trip. Those six straight wins came in the teams" first six meetings from 1960 to 1968, highlighted by the Packers' back-to-back NFL Championship triumphs during the 1966 and "67 seasons - the latter a 21-17 victory in the famous Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field. He was the Packers' franchise superstar and unquestioned leader who helped guide them to eight division championships, five NFC championship games, and two Superbowl appearances, winning one (Superbowl XXXI). He made the team as the seventh receiver but hasn't had a single snap from scrimmage in the last two games. Not expected to be a contender this year, the Falcons have been one of the hottest teams in the National Football League and proved themselves to be a legitimate early season contender with a victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos last week. Mike McCarthy likes to play conservative at times, and it limits Aaron Rodgers at times. He is averaging 6.3 yards per attempt (28th in the NFL) and completing 56.1 percent of his passes. Last week everyone said that he wasn't going to do well against the Bengals stingy run defense.

Still, the Cowboys' vaunted running attack presents a new kind of challenge for the Packers defense. Green Bay has only allowed an incredible 42.8 rushing yards per game this season. The challenge this week is containing rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the National Football League in rushing by 85 yards over former Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (Titans).

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Despite the attention that has gone to Dak Prescott, this is a team that relies heavily on their running game. Rodgers has thrown nine touchdown passes, five to Jordy Nelson. "And with the Cowboys' offense, a middle-of-the-pack defense should be good enough to win most Sundays". He's been a force both as a pass-rusher and run defender, but Prescott has been tough to take down so far this season.

"We've got a great offensive line, they're the heart of our offense".

From 1992 to 2007 Brett Favre was THE man in Green Bay. RB Eddie Lacy ranks fourth in league averaging 5.46 yards per carry.

Kenny Clark, the team's first-round draft pick, has also played well for a rookie. He has filled in admirably for the injured Orlando Scandrick as the slot corner and has not looked out of place. The bigger issue might fall to rookie nickel corner Anthony Brown, who will be responsible for Randall Cobb. The list of injuries have also added up for Romo, which makes you wonder how much he has left in the tank. Green Bay - Out: S Chris Banjo (hamstring), TE Jared Cook (ankle), CB Sam Shields (concussion). Elliott has gained an NFL-leading 31 first downs. They are allowing just under 43 yards per game rushing on 86 attempts.