The Green Bay Packers have suffered a major blow ahead of their playoff showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional round. Superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be without his favorite target in the passing game with wide receiver Jordy Nelson ruled out, according to head coach Mike McCarthy via Conor Orr of NFL.com:
Jordy Nelson (ribs) was injured in last Sunday's win over the Giants and will not play this weekend, according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Nelson will travel with the team and take in the action on the sidelines.
Nelson is coming off one of the best regular-season performances of his NFL career. The 31-year-old receiver racked up a career-high 14 touchdowns while also coming three catches shy of 100 during the 2016 campaign.
With Nelson on the shelf for the divisional round, Randall Cobb becomes the primary option for Rodgers. Although Cobb isn't as productive as a healthy Nelson, the 26-year-old is still a formidable target for Rodgers downfield and will likely see his quarterback look in his direction much more against the Cowboys.
As expected, the Packers are considered the underdogs heading into this matchup with the Cowboys in Dallas. Green Bay may be arguably the hottest team in the league right now, but Dallas has been dominating the competition all season long and has only lost one home game thus far with Dak Prescott under center.
The top-seeded Cowboys will host the Packers at AT&T Stadium on Sunday before the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Kansas City Chiefs finishing out the division round of the NFL playoffs. The winner of the Cowboys and Packers showdown will face the winner of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks matchup in the NFC Championship Game.