Cowboys’ Frederick concerned with Green Bay’s defense, not its weather
Cowboys center Travis Frederick is a Wisconsin native who believes the talk about temperatures being the 20s on Sunday is just hype.
"I think it’s being overly hyped," Frederick told "Ben and Skin" Thursday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "I think it’s a really good talking point the media to focus on because that kind of keeps them away from all of us as players."
Frederick pointed out that the weather conditions affect both teams, the Packers as much as the Cowboys
"The people that play in Green Bay, much like the people that play in Dallas, are not from Green Bay for the most part. I don’t even know if there’s anybody even on Green Bay’s team from Green Bay."
Packers reserve quarterback Scott Tolzien attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 2011. Even so, he is actually a native of Palatine, Illinois, a northwestern Chicago suburb.
The Cowboys have been practicing for the past two days in temperatures in the lower 30s and upper 20s. According to Frederick, the weather hasn’t bothered his teammates, and it won’t on Sunday. The Pro Bowl center is more worried about the Packers defense, which he believes doesn’t get the credit they deserve because of how great Aaron Rodgers and the offense is.
"They’re getting a lot of love on offense, and I don’t think the defense is getting quite the amount of love they deserve," said Frederick. "It’s really going to be a great challenge for us. Those linebackers are really fast, come-downhill, physical type guys. And the three guys up front are also under recognized.
"They’ve changed since last year, kind of changed their scheme a little bit, and those guys are doing a really, really good job. It’s going to be a great challenge for us."
The Packers defense has given up 119.9 yards rushing per game, the 10th-most in the NFL. Rushing behind Frederick and the rest of the Cowboys offensive line, running back DeMarco Murray has gained 100 yards against the other bottom-10 rushing defenses.