Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer 72d

Cowboys' plan: Keep Aaron Rodgers in the pocket

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys know they have to keep Aaron Rodgers in the pocket Sunday when the take on the Green Bay Packers, but knowing it and accomplishing it are two different things.

The Cowboys knew they had to keep Rodgers in the pocket last January in the playoff meeting.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rodgers completed 7 of 9 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown from outside the pocket. The 35-yard completion to Jared Cook that set up the game-winning field goal came on a designed rollout.

'The key is we've got to do everything we can to work hard to pressure him, keep him in the well and be able to get him there," Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "Make him a pocket passer. Easier said than done."

Rodgers has been sacked 15 times in the Packers' first four games and he might not have either tackle, Bryan Bulaga or David Bakhtiari, because of injury.

The Cowboys' pass rush has been more productive than expected, mostly because of DeMarcus Lawrence, who leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks.

Only Carson Palmer, Tom Brady and Alex Smith have been sacked more than Rodgers this season.

"You always want to control the pocket," coach Jason Garrett said. "You always want to keep the quarterback in the pocket and affect him as much as you can without letting him get out in space and get to where he's more comfortable. Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback -- in the pocket, out of the pocket, going right, going left."

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