TV: NBC (Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer)
Series: 28th meeting. Cowboys lead series 15-12. The Cowboys are 0-5 in Green Bay. Green Bay won the last meeting in Green Bay, 41-20 in 2004.
Keys to the game: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo picked the Packers apart to the tune of 309 passing yards and four touchdowns last season. Wide receiver Terrell Owens is a mismatch with his ability to beat the bump-and-run coverage and superior speed to cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson, although deep help could improve if Aaron Rouse plays in place of strong safety Atari Bigby. The Packers have little choice but to come after Romo, which will leave playmaking tight end Jason Witten in a lot of single coverage. ... Deep coverage is again a concern for the Cowboys, who hope converted free safety Pat Watkins can provide better protection than injured strong safety Roy Williams. However, there is a significant drop-off in run support. Packers running back Ryan Grant is playing a limited amount of snaps and backup Brandon Jackson will again figure into the backfield mix. Keeping quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has yet to throw an interception, on the move will protect him from the Cowboys' pass rush.
Key injuries: Cowboys: Left guard Kyle Kosier (foot) is practicing and might play; cornerback Terence Newman (groin) should start after playing the nickel against Philadelphia; Williams (forearm) is out three to four weeks. Packers: Bigby (hamstring) is out; center Scott Wells (back) likely will be replaced by Jason Spitz for one more game; Woodson (broken toe) isn't practicing but will play.
Fast facts: The Cowboys are 0-5 at Lambeau Field and 1-6 all-time on the road against the Packers. ... Romo was raised in Burlington, Wis., about 3 hours south of Lambeau Field.
Focus on: Dallas rookie Jones
The more the Cowboys see of running back Felix Jones, the more they want to get him the ball.
He had a touchdown on his first official NFL carry — an 11-yard run against the Browns to go along with 62 yards on nine carries.
Against the Eagles in Week 2, he was simply dazzling, setting a club record with 247 kickoff return yards, including returns of 41, 43 and 98 yards for a touchdown.
He was named NFC special teams player of the week.
The funny thing is, coach Wade Phillips didn't want to use Jones on kickoff returns, thinking he was too valuable and not wanting to risk injury.
The folly was Jones was one of the best kickoff returners in NCAA history and had Devin Hester-like potential of doing the same thing for the Cowboys.
Injuries to receivers Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanback forced Phillips' hand, setting the stage for Monday's heroics.
Phillips jokes now that he had planned all along on using Jones on kickoff returns.
Now, the Cowboys face the dilemma of finding a way to get Jones the ball in the regular offense without diminishing the role of Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber.
"It's not easy because we've got such a great back already back there that can make a big play for you at any time," Phillips said. "But I think he gives you a little juice at times and we're going to try to work him in more and more. We have specific plays, some of them we didn't get in for him, some of them we did in the game."
The Packers come in with a chip on their collective shoulder, looking to make an early-season statement. They have been privy to the accolades and superlatives tossed the Cowboys' way as being the preeminent team in the NFC and aren't taking kindly to it. Although it's only Week 3, Green Bay wants to get a jump on the conference race in this battle of 2-0 teams by settling the score from last November, when the Cowboys hung on for a 37-27 win in Texas that decided the NFC's best team for the regular season.
The Packers spotted Dallas a 27-10 lead early in the second quarter in that one before mounting a big comeback behind Aaron Rodgers, who relieved an injured Brett Favre at quarterback. The Packers will need Rodgers to continue to make the solid, mistake-free decisions that defined his rousing first two starts this season.
Green Bay goes into the game unsure what it will be able to do running the football since featured back Ryan Grant hasn't been able to cut loose with a sore hamstring. So, a heavy dose of Rodgers throwing the football and operating with three-, four- and periodic five-wide formations could be in the cards, especially with the Cowboys short-handed in the secondary. Getting the mobile Rodgers, who has been sacked only once, rolling out of the pocket will be key to avoiding the steady pressure Dallas' 3-4 front is tailored to generate.
The Packers' defense, minus cornerback Charles Woodson, was overmatched in last season's meeting. Tony Romo picked the secondary apart, throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Al Harris was no match for Terrell Owens, who had seven receptions for 156 yards. With the wily Woodson expected to play on a broken toe, he could wind up with the one-on-one assignment with Owens. Nickel back Tramon Williams might be needed, as well, to take Owens when he's not lined up in the slot. The Packers also will have their sights on containing playmaking tight end Jason Witten and running back Marion Barber. They will have to roll the dice in trying to pressure Romo in the pocket with an array of blitzes after failing to fluster him last year.