Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium – Arlington,TX
Monday 8:40am AEDT on ESPN and 7mate
The 13-3 NFC East Champion Cowboys host the 10-6 Packers in what should be an absolute barnburner and possibly the best game of this week’s slate.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is in ridiculous form, having thrown for 362 yards and 4 touchdowns in last week’s win over the New York Giants, including a Hail Mary that he made look like a certainty. Rodgers has also thrown 18 touchdowns without an interception in his last seven games.
The Packers ranked seventh for passing yards in the regular season and will want to expose Dallas’ 26th ranked pass defence. However, Rodgers is missing his favourite receiver in Jordy Nelson, who’s been ruled out after a rib injury sustained against the Giants.
The Cowboys have been the story of the season, led by a couple of rookies in QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott took over from the injured Tony Romo in Week 1 and the Cowboys haven’t looked back as Prescott’s shown the poise and savvy of a veteran QB with just 16 NFL games under his belt and boasts the third-best QBR in the league behind Matt Ryan and Tom Brady.
Meanwhile, Elliott has been a beast and led the league in rushing yards for the regular season, not by a small amount either. His 1,631 yards is over 300 yards more than the next best player. What’s most dangerous for the Packers is that if they manage to slow down Elliott, they’re still extremely vulnerable through the air with the second worst pass defence in the NFL.
Tip: Cowboys by 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
Monday 12:20pm AEDT on ESPN and 7mate
The 11-5 Steelers come into KC having blown out the Chiefs (12-4) at home in 43-14 at home in Week 4, but that result will likely be irrelevant come Monday as this one will be a tight. So tight, in fact, that Vegas has listed the Chiefs as a one-point favourite, purely because they’re the home team.
The Steelers will want to exploit Kansas City’s 26th ranked rushing defence with star running back Le’Veon Bell who’s 105.7 yards per game was the second best in the league and almost 20 yards better than the next best RB. Pittsburgh also rank fifth in passing yards behind the combination of QB Ben Roethlisberger and wideout Antonio Brown.
Kansas City have a bit less firepower than the Steelers, but have one of the strongest secondaries in the league. They’ve allowed just 19.4 points per game and lead the league in defensive touchdowns (five), passes defended (100) and interceptions (18).
Offensively, the Chiefs aren’t spectacular but can get the job done with Alex Smith throwing for 3,502 yards and Travis Kelce picking up the most receiving yards in the league among tight ends. Kansas City will also be out for revenge after the flogging they received in Week 4.
Tip: Steelers by 3.