The Breakdown: Packers/Cowboys
Each team is giddy with success, and this essentially is a playoff game. As much as he might be over-hyped, Brett Favre has been here before; that's irrefutable. Meanwhile, recall the last image you have of Tony Romo in a playoff game (Hint: He's really sad). I'm quite sure each quarterback will be very good in this one, since I trust neither team's secondary (the Packers might be without Charles Woodson, who has a bad toe). But I have a sneaking suspicion the Pack will keep this one closer than the seven points Vegas believes.
Fantasy Up: It's a veritable cornucopia of fantasy riches. Romo, Terrell Owens, Marion Barber and Jason Witten are no-brainers, and a returning Patrick Crayton is an intriguing flex play. Favre, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Donald Lee all are must-plays, and Ryan Grant turned in a third straight good outing against Detroit. I'd start 'em all.
Fantasy Down: I wouldn't touch either defense with a 10-foot pole this week. That's difficult to say, because the Packers have been the fourth-highest-scoring defense in 2007, while the Cowboys have been 11th. But storm clouds are brewing for both. The Packers lost some interior line depth when a Colin Cole broke his arm; Johnny Jolly already was out with a shoulder injury; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila sprained his ankle and knee in Detroit and will be a game-time decision; safety Aaron Rouse won't play Thursday (although the man he's been replacing, Nick Collins, will); and then there's Woodson's toe. The Cowboys are much healthier on defense; they just aren't as good. I'd worry about Favre throwing down the deep middle as he's done a thousand times before, because the Dallas safeties are weak against the pass, and I'm still not sold on Jacques Reeves. ... Terry Glenn still is out. This is a recording. ... Julius Jones actually looked really good playing on the same field as his brother Thomas Jones last Thursday, but Barber stole an early touchdown, and, as usual, the Cowboys moved away from Jones and toward Barber as the game progressed. He's that most frustrating of fantasy entities: easy to own, tough to start.
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