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Three NFL games are shown on the various RDS channels today. After the one between the Seattle Seahawks and the Buccaneers, won 21-16 by Tampa Bay in Munich, Germany, the duel between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers will be presented to you at 4:25 p.m. on RDS2 and RDS.ca .
The circumstances surrounding the return to Lambeau Field of Mike McCarthy, now head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, to face his former team are far different from what observers expected.
Originally, everyone was anticipating a mid-season duel between two teams with high expectations, after qualifying for the playoffs a year earlier.
While the Cowboys (6-2) managed to deliver the goods, the Green Bay Packers (3-6) have just suffered five straight losses, a lethargy like they hadn’t experienced since 2008.
The Packers must deal with numerous injuries, which will try to ruin McCarthy’s return to Green Bay while keeping alive their chances to extend their season beyond the regular schedule.
McCarthy became the Packers’ head coach in 2005 and posted a 125-77-2 record before being fired late in the 2018 season. Packers in the Super Bowl in the 2010 season.
Aaron Rodgers, the Packers’ quarterback, won two of his four league MVP awards while playing for McCarthy.
Outside linebacker Rashan Gary, the Packers’ leader with six quarterback sacks, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s 15-9 loss at Detroit. Moreover, several team players could be unavailable against the Cowboys.
Cornerback Erick Stokes (knee/ankle) and wide receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) were also injured against the Lions and are expected to be out. The name of wideout Randall Cobb (ankle) was placed on the Packers’ injured reserve list, which counted 17 players Wednesday.
At the Cowboys, running back Ezekiel Elliott seemed less than certain he would play after missing the Cowboys’ pre-bye week game with a right knee injury. Elliott said the goal is for him to play. If so, it will probably be with a splint.
In Elliott’s absence against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 30, Tony Pollard tied career highs in rushes (14) and rushing yards (131). Pollard notably scored a touchdown on a 54-yard play in the Cowboys’ 49-29 victory.
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is renowned as one of the most creative of his profession in the NFL. More than ever, he has the tools to demonstrate it.
The mid-season acquisition of Christian McCaffrey only expanded the possibilities for the 49ers, who now have two of the league’s most versatile players in McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel.
McCaffrey is a star running back who has caught more passes than all but 12 receivers since he made his NFL debut five years ago. Samuel, meanwhile, is a star receiver who has made more runs of at least 10 yards into the end zone than all but one running back in the league in the past two years.
The first defense facing this dynamic duo will be the Los Angeles Chargers (5-3), who go into Sunday night’s game against the 49ers (4-4) having given up the third-most points in the NFL and six carries for at least 40 yards, a league high.
The 49ers have shown a glimpse of the possibilities for their offense since acquiring McCaffrey in a trade from the Carolina Panthers two days before facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8.
McCaffrey had a limited role in that first game for San Francisco, but he was the offensive focal point the following week when Samuel was out with a hamstring injury. McCaffrey had 149 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and an assisting touchdown in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.
With Samuel back after a week off, the Niners can roll out their new offense.
The Chargers’ offense is starved of options in the deep end with receiver Keenan Allen only playing two games and Mike Williams set to miss a second.
Quarterback Justin Herbert hasn’t crossed the 300-yard mark in his last four games and has completed only one pass over 20 yards in his last three games. Joshua Palmer appears to be the only target in the middle and deep zones, but he could be in for tighter coverage after catching eight passes for 106 yards last week.
The first duel between the Bosa brothers in the NFL will also have to wait. The Chargers’ Joey is on the injured list after undergoing core muscle surgery similar to what his brother Nick underwent while playing in the college ranks.