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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Phillips on Packers: 'We expect their best'


IRVING -- It would seem Green Bay is ready for the taking.


The Packers have lost two straight -- at home to the Vikings (and former QB Brett Favre) and on the road against then-winless Tampa Bay.


So here come the Cowboys, winners of four consecutive games to move into first place in the NFC East.


Coach Wade Phillips is cautious about this game. Dallas won its first-ever game at Lambeau Field last season (1-5).


"We expect their best -- as we did Kansas City on the road. We expected their best," Phillips said. "Atlanta, Philadelphia -- they're going to play their best. That's how you have to approach it. That's what we do. That's what you do. That's what we harp on and how we execute."


The Packers' offensive line is in shambles, and Green Bay is behind Atlanta (5-3) and Philadelphia (5-3) in the NFC wild-card chase. The Packers' next two games -- Dallas and San Francisco -- could help their cause.


A sense of urgency in Green Bay?


"I hope it is for us," Phillips said. "That's what we try to do every week. I said it before: It's easier than other [games], but I think this team is grounded."