GREEN BAY - SEPTEMBER 21: Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 21, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Cowboys defeated the Packers in 27- 16. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
With the Packers seemingly on the verge sliding into shambles and the Cowboys riding higher than they have in the past two years, cold, pure reason would indicate that the Cowboys should run through Green Bay on Sunday. However, this is the NFL and what should happen rarely holds any weight when kickoff rolls around.
This idea seems to have become a theme for the Dallas Cowboys this season, and this week in particular; the old truism of taking the season as it comes, one game, one day at a time has become a maxim for this team, and this has been a good thing, a departure from the past few years.
Of course, it's hard to ignore the struggles of Green Bay of late; they suffered two demoralizing losses in a row, at home against Minnesota and on the road in Tampa Bay; Aaron Rodgers has been sacked an NFL-high 37 times; many in the state of Wisconsin want Mike McCarthy gone.
In a curious way though, the obvious nature of Green Bay's struggles presents a challenge for Dallas, an invitation to complacency.
Head coach Wade Phillips seems aware of this, as well as the fact that Dallas is 1-5 all time at Lambeau Field, which explains the stance he exhibited in his press conference on Thursday.
"We expect their best -- as we did Kansas City on the road. We expected their best," Phillips said to ESPNDallas.com. "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."