No Time to Relax

The Cowboys just had an emotional 41-37 victory against the Eagles on Monday night. Yet they have no time to enjoy it.

Up next are the Green Bay Packers in the next biggest game of the season for the Cowboys.

It's the life of being a member of the Cowboys, who always get a team's best game.

And it's certainly going to be the life this season for this Cowboys team that is in the midst of a Super Bowl or Bust campaign.

They are everybody's preseason favorite to make a Super Bowl run after bringing back 13 Pro Bowlers from last year's 13-3 team.

The problem is that the Cowboys have no Super Bowl pedigree, just late-season heartbreak. So they will have to prove their worthiness every week.

Last week it was the Eagles challenging their division and conference supremacy.

Now they travel to Green Bay to face the undefeated Packers, who also went 13-3 last year and made it to the NFC championship game.

"You know, I think there were a lot of emotions in this game," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "I think there's a certain way to go about it, as far as your team is concerned. I think the team itself, how they come back from those things.

"Each team is different. Some are highly volatile. Some aren't. It doesn't seem like our team is. We were emotional, but I think they can get up to the next game. But I think they're taking it one at a time to me. We had a lot of hype for the first game. They seemed to handle that well. We'll see. I think it's more, playing a tough team at their place. They won 13 games last year. They're a really good football team."

The Cowboys, who are 0-5 all-time in Green Bay, aren't surprised by the performance of new Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who replaced Brett Favre.

Before this season, Rodgers' most extensive work as a pro came last year against the Cowboys. He replaced an injured Favre against the Cowboys and threw his first career TD pass and led two touchdown drives in the Nov. 29 loss. Rodgers gave the Cowboys more trouble than Favre mostly because of his scrambling ability. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards with no interceptions.

Phillips said the Packers' offense is not that much different.

"Well it's pretty similar in that Rodgers went in last year in the game and they had the Favre game plan, I guess you could say, and he did well," Phillips said.

"There's not too many things that Favre was doing that he's not able to do. He throws the ball well. If everything's clean he can throw it well. If it's not, he can scramble. He scrambled around pretty well. I expect to see a lot of the same things, but they fine-tuned it for him more than Favre, certainly.

SERIES HISTORY: 28th meeting. Cowboys lead series, 15-12. The Cowboys are 0-5 all time in Green Bay. Green Bay won the last meeting in Green Bay, 41-20 in 2004.

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