The Dallas Cowboys kept their playoff chances alive with a much-needed three-touchdown victory over an NFC East nemesis, the New York Giants. While the offense, thanks to a handful of explosive plays, have garnered the headlines, the Cowboys’ defense stepped up and played another strong game. Sean Lee led the team in tackles and Anthony Hitchens has been impressive, but the Cowboys’ young secondary continued to show why there has been so much excitement surrounding that particular group.
Dak Prescott notched a career-high in passing yards, showing no signs of the hand injury that he suffered against the Redskins, which means Cooper Rush did not see any action on Sunday. Blake Jarwin made his professional debut against the Falcons, but the undrafted rookie has not seen any action since that week ten game. Every other rookie on the active roster made an appearance on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers is back for the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Carolina Panthers, and Packers fans have renewed hope that this team can win out and find a way to make the playoffs.
But just how justified is that hope? And what should we expect from Rodgers and the team in these final three games? That’s the topic for this week’s Walkthroughs.
Paul Noonan – Sky’s The Limit
My only reservation is the coaching staff’s occasional bad habit of lapsing into the old way of doing things. The team that Aaron now possesses is vastly superior to the one that existed when he was hurt. Gone is Martellus and his constant drops. Gone are the backup tackles. Davante Adams is now known to be amazing, there will likely be a Jordy bounce, and the running game is a true threat.
Here’s an interesting one making the rounds: the Kansas City Chiefs had interest in WR Kenny Britt earlier this week when he was a free agent. Britt ended up signing with the Patriots this week.
Kenny Britt chose the Patriots over offers from the Chiefs and Jaguars. Pats are loading up Britt’s plate to see how much of the playbook he can retain and if he can play Sunday at Pittsburgh— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) December 13, 2017
Who is Britt? A former 2009 pick, Britt signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Browns in March. They cut him last week. He had 18 catches in Cleveland.
I know not everyone can succeed in Cleveland but I see it as a red flag if the worst team in the league cut you. He’s probably smart to choose New England because they’re the best team in the league and have the best quarterback of all time. I would go with that guy too.
Akeem Spence didn’t shy away from the fact that Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was special to him. After spending four years with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay decided not to re-sign him this offseason and Spence was not happy.
“I’m very bitter, but bitter with a smile on my face,” he said in the leadup to the game.
The Detroit Lions wisely capitalized on this added motivation and had Spence “Wired for Sound” last Sunday. The results did not disappoint.
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Spence was clearly amped for the entire game, but here are my favorite parts:
Spence to Jameis Winston prior to the coin flip: “Three, I’m comin’ for you, boy.”
“Hey, he tackled me. He tackled me!”
“Eat him up, Ebron.