NFL picks, Week 6: Aaron Rodgers likes to make you play stupid

When Dak Prescott scored the go-ahead touchdown on a zone-read keeper against the Packers on Sunday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett might have been the only person in the world who didn’t realize he had just made the biggest mistake since the last time he gave Aaron Rodgers too much time on the clock.

In a classic case of football ignorance, the Cowboys, trailing 31-28 with 9:56 left in the fourth quarter, purposely milked the clock on their touchdown drive — and still screwed it up. Rodgers only needed 35 seconds to beat the Cowboys in their NFC divisional playoff game at AT&T Stadium in January. Yet Garrett gave Rodgers 63 seconds — basically a lifetime in Rodgers’ world — to drive for a field goal to tie or a touchdown to win.

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Time: Noon. Line: Packers by 3. Total: 46.
Records (overall/ATS): Packers 4-1/3-2; Vikings 3-2/2-3.

Rodgers drove the Packers 75 yards in nine plays for the touchdown —a 12-yard pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds to spare.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. | .Roger Steinman/AP

It’s uncanny how quarterbacks such as Rodgers and Tom Brady seem to have a knack for playing Jedi mind tricks and making you play stupid. Vic Fangio is one of the best coordinators in the NFL, yet he somehow left undrafted rookie Cre’Von LeBlanc alone on Jordy Nelson in a critical moment vs. the Packers last year. Of course, LeBlanc was burned for a 60-yard pass that set up the tiebreaking field goal at the buzzer.

Garrett insisted the priority is to score. But if Prescott slides at the 1-yard line and runs the clock down, the Cowboys have a better chance of scoring on two plays from the 1 than they do of stopping Rodgers with 63 seconds left. As Lovie Smith would say, “It’s as simple as that.” If you give Rodgers a chance to beat you, he usually does.

Pick: Packers 27, Vikings 17. 

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