No Jordy Nelson, No Problem for the Packers

Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson could be sidelined for Sunday's Divisional Round game with the Cowboys. But don't tell Vegas that.


Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson led the league in red zone targets with 29, five more than the next closest player (Kyle Rudolph).

He also had 14 receiving touchdowns, which led the NFL.

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Sun 01/15 4:40 PM EST
Green Bay +200 O/U 53
Dallas -240 -5

On Sunday when the Packers take on the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, the NFC North champions could be without their star player.

But don't tell that to Vegas.

Despite the Packers playing on the road and Nelson looking doubtful, the Cowboys are just 4.5-point favorites.

According to SportsLine's projections, Green Bay has a 42.6% chance of beating Dallas without Nelson, compared to 45.1% with him.

And the Packers have a 6.5% chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February without Nelson, compared to 7.8% with him.

If they beat Dallas, the Packers would face the winner of Seattle-Atlanta in the NFC title game.

Nelson suffered two fractured ribs after a hit from Giants' cornerback Leon Hall sent him careening out of bounds. He left the field on a cart with his head in his hands in the second quarter and spent the night in a hospital bed.

The Packers scored 40 points against a rugged Giants defense to move onto the Divisional Round anyway. Randall Cobb, who missed the previous two games with ankle and hamstring injuries, had three scores.

On Monday, the Packers tweeted that Nelson would be in the "rehab group" on Friday. And "if he can practice Saturday, he'll have a chance to play."

If Nelson plays, we could see the line drop closer to kickoff as larger bets are allowed.