Green Bay at Dallas NFC Divisional Round Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 13, 2017 in

If it seems like it’s been a long time since the Dallas Cowboys lost at home, you’re right — they fell in Week 1 to the New York Giants and have gone 7-0 at AT&T Stadium since then (5-2 ATS). Their 13-3 regular season record gave them home field advantage all the way through the playoffs, and they welcome the Green Bay Packers, who demolished those same Giants in the wild card round, for a divisional playoff game. This will be the eighth time that these two teams have met in the playoffs. The Packers won the 1967 NFL Championship in the famed “Ice Bowl” at Lambeau Field, but Dallas has won four of the seven meetings to this date, the most recent coming two years ago, as Green Bay eliminated Dallas in the divisional round. The last time Dallas won in the series came in the 1995 NFC Championship. These two teams met in Week 6 up in Green Bay, with the Cowboys cruising to a 30-16 victory. Take a look at our prediction for this game as well as all of the NFL betting action for the divisional round.

Green Bay at Dallas NFC Divisional Round Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 4:40 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
TV: Fox
Radio: Green Bay / Dallas
Stream OptionNFL Live
NFL Odds: Dallas (-4.5)

Why should you bet on the Packers?

Green Bay has now made the postseason eight years in a row — and the team has not lost since the Washington Redskins dealt them a loss seven games ago to leave them at 4-6 — and in danger of missing the playoffs. However, the collapse of the Detroit Lions in the last three weeks of the regular season gave the Packers the opening they needed — and they have now won seven games in a row. Despite some injuries in the secondary, the Packers have Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers anchoring their front seven, and no one threw more touchdown passes than Aaron Rodgers did (40) during the regular season. The Cowboys have had coverage issues in their secondary, so if the Packers load the box against the run to bottle up Ezekiel Elliott, and the Packers can get to rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, this could turn into a long day for Dallas.

Why should you put your money on the Cowboys?

In the Super Bowl era, no quarterback-running back duo has gone to the Pro Bowl together — not until Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott earned that honor this season. Prescott, though just a rookie, has led Dallas to wins at Lambeau Field and at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field this year. Despite struggling in both losses to the Giants in the regular season, Prescott responded positively to comments from owner Jerry Jones that indicated that Tony Romo might come back and start near the end of the season, going 32 for 36 against Tampa Bay and then leading an offensive onslaught against Detroit in Week 16, leading the team to a 42-21 win. The defense did lose Randy Gregory to a suspension, but Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence should be back to join phenom David Irving on the defensive line, and cornerback Morris Claiborne has returned from his injury, so the Cowboys have all hands on deck. You can’t say the same for the Packers’ secondary, which will be featuring reserves at both corners — and Packer wideout Jordy Nelson is unlikely to play — and if he does play, will suffer from a lack of mobility — thanks to a rib injury he incurred against Detroit last week.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

This will be a terrific matchup between two of the league’s iconic franchises, but I like Dallas’ ability to keep Green Bay off the field with long drives, similar to Week 6, although I think we’ll see more passing to do it as I see the Pack loading the box. I predict a final score of Dallas 27, Green Bay 20.