Have the Green Bay Packers found something in WR Christian Watson?

Yahoo Sports' Matt Harmon and Scott Pianowski discuss the rookie's breakout performance against the Cowboys in week 10.

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MATT HARMON: Christian Watson, over 100 yards, three touchdowns. And, man, at the moment that they needed it. And this is a guy who's been kind of off and on the field for the Green Bay Packers because of injuries. But they lose Romeo Doubs, who's been a rookie, an up-and-down player for them, but he's offered them a lot as their outside receiver. Christian Watson comes in here and gets eight targets.

There was one other time where he missed a vertical play. Of course, Aaron Rodgers getting all upset about it. But, man, I do kind of wonder if they've found something here with Christian Watson, who certainly has juice. Not totally there technically, but has juice and I think could be a big factor second half of the season.

SCOTT PIANOWSKI: Yeah, team-leading eight targets. Obviously, the three touchdowns. I wish I had seen this coming because I know he was widely available in most of my leagues. And it's so hard to pick up receiver help. And again, this is kind of the theme of the week. All these offenses that were on the restricted list, maybe they're making a case to be off the restricted list. Tampa Bay comes to mind. Indianapolis comes to mind. Green Bay comes to mind.

Aaron Jones has-- another guy who we weren't sure was going to play, came off the injury report on Friday, and had just a textbook Aaron Jones game. AJ Dillon, as the one 1/3 to 2/3 of Jones, was effective. It wasn't the greatest fantasy day. But Jones has been a poor efficiency player. He did something. It was a good game for Rodgers. And again, I just want Green Bay to not be a dead zone. And a couple of times this year, I've thought maybe they are a dead zone, and Rodgers looked checked out, and we couldn't trust any of the receivers.

Now Lazard didn't do much in this game until he had a really nice catch and run in the overtime period, almost broke it for a touchdown. I think he was very smart to realize once he got in field goal range, and he probably wasn't going to score, he secured the ball and just got on the turf. Kick the field goal and get out of there. But it's just nice to see the Packers doing Packer things.

But isn't it kind of funny? Doesn't this kind of feel like the kind of game Dallas loses, right? I mean, they're the favorite. They're the number two or number three team in the NFC. And Green Bay is on a five-game bender, and Dallas has a lead. And it just feels like this is a Mike McCarthy special. This is the Dallas Cowboys special.

This is a team that you should beat. You got control of the game. You somehow find a way to lose it. I don't know. It just feels like a Dallas special all the way. But for fantasy purposes, pretty much anybody you needed to play in this game came through for you.

MATT HARMON: That's where the Christian Watson thing might be a little bit of a season changer for them. Because if he's taken a step technically, he has all the tools. And, look, even if it's just going to be go routes and deep overs and slants and crossers, like limited route tree stuff, that's fine.

Alec Pierce has given the Colts a lot just running slants, posts, and goes, you know? I mean, he didn't do anything today, but that's the point, right? He can be that type of player for the Packers. The Packers need that type of player.