Jason Garrett wants his players to visit Lambeau Field on Saturday, so they can take in the historic venue for a few minutes and then be solely focused on the NFC divisional round game against the Packers when they return Sunday.
“We just wanted to do it for whatever the reason,” Garrett said. “A lot of guys haven’t been to Lambeau, we’re driving right past the stadium ... get out, move around. It’s an early game on Sunday so the idea that guys haven’t been to this place before, you’re getting there early, we don’t want to spend any time looking at the place. ‘We did that yesterday, guys. Let’s get up, put our cleats on and let’s go play football.’
“So that’s probably it more than anything else. If it was a late game Sunday and you had a little more time, maybe you don’t do this but we just felt it made sense and logistically it was easy to do.”
The Cowboys will depart from the DFW area on Saturday, and are scheduled to land at some time around 5 p.m. in Green Bay. They typically head straight to the team hotel, however, did something similar to this when they went to Seattle earlier this season.
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On that trip, the Cowboys left early in their warm-up suits and did their Saturday walkthrough at the University of Washington. This time is fairly similar except they won’t do a walkthrough at Lambeau. Just simply make a pit stop to stretch their legs and move around.
“That’s how we used to travel,” Garrett said. “We always did that for years. You’d get off the plane, go to the stadium with Jimmy [Johnson] and Coach [Barry] Switzer and other teams I’ve been on, that was always the routine. We always did our walk-through at the stadium in our suits and so … old school.”