NFC North: Packers-Cowboys

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Can we still call it a track meet if only one team is running?

The Green Bay Packers should feel fortunate to be trailing the Dallas Cowboys by only seven points, 13-6, after failing to get their offense in gear during the first half. While the Cowboys have racked up 200 offensive yards and 13 points, the Packers have sputtered to a pair of Mason Crosby field goals -- one of which was set up by Nick Collins' 61-yard interception return.

This game would be a blowout were it not for Collins' end-zone interception and a stiff red zone defense that has forced three field goals from Nick Folk. More than anything, the Packers haven't been able to give quarterback Aaron Rodgers as much time to throw as he had in their first two games of the season.

Rodgers has only been sacked once -- he fell as Anthony Henry chased him on a blitz -- but he has been under increasing pressure from the Cowboys' defensive line as the game has progressed. The Packers, in fact, managed only 12 net yards on six plays in the second quarter.

Rodgers likes to run through all of his reads in the pocket but it doesn't look like the Cowboys are going to give him that opportunity. He'll need to get the ball out of his hands quicker if he intends to lead the Packers on any scoring drives in the second half.

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