In fact, everything Jones did - except for on one play call, on which he wasn't sure where to go when he went in motion - confirmed what Rodgers already thought about the rookie fifth-round pick from Texas-El Paso. This is an absolute revenge game.
The running game is a bit iffy, the offensive line is not the dominant force it was past year, and the Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant connection that fans are looking for isn't clicking yet. "And although I didn't get to play for the Cowboys, I got to play against them, and I got to meet Roger Staubach". Green Bay is banged up, and may have a tough time here.
Dak Prescott airing the ball down the field. Let's be honest, Aaron Rodgers is an absolute wizard.
Not only that, but this is a huge point of revenge for the Cowboys after they saw their outstanding conference-best campaign go to waste a year ago in the loss to Green Bay.
Notwithstanding that fact, the Cowboys will be going up against a pretty disgusting run defense.
His return could allow the Packers to play more of the "Nitro" package on defense Sunday.
For the first time this year, David Irving will suit up for the Cowboys as he makes his debut following a four-game suspension to begin the season. CB Davon House (quadriceps), who has missed the last two games, was limited Wednesday. The Cowboys are a different team in Jerry's World than they are on the road, and the offense has shown signs of life the past two games, which is key for this team. His completion percentage has gone from 67.8 to 60.3; his average yards per throw from 8.0 to 6.6; his touchdown/interception ratio from 23/4 to 8/3; his passer rating from 104.9 to 90.1. "But of course, I have to be wary of risking something more serious". He is officially listed as questionable, although there was no question at all in his mind. And that's why you can catch Green Bay and Dallas on Fox at 4:25 pm ET on Sunday. However, this was at a time when the Packers' defensive secondary was falling apart.
The Cowboys' pass rush understands they have to get as much pressure on Rodgers as possible. But with Aaron Rodgers under center, the Pack should have little problem doing that this Sunday. And they've been able to put together long drives because they've converted 49.1 percent of their third downs, which ranks third in the NFL.
The stats are terrific, but the way he is leading the offense to overcome instability at other positions early in the season gives him the edge over other front-runners.
Which players will you be keeping your eye on as the Cowboys take on the Packers? A staple of Minnesota's success has come on the shoulders of Mike Zimmer's defense, and if the Packers want to win in US Bank Stadium, Mike McCarthy must get creative with protections for Rodgers and try to take the pressure off him with whatever running back is healthy that week.