Week 14 Preview: Detroit at Dallas

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates wide receiver Patrick Crayton's fourth quarter touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in their NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, in Irving, Texas. Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode (65)is in the fore ground.

The Detroit Lions are free falling towards one of the more famous recent collapses in NFL history, while their opponents on Sunday, the Cowboys, are starting to think about playing in mid to late January and possibly beyond. With last Thursday’s big win over the Packers, the Cowboys have the clearest shot to Glendale and Super Bowl XLII, which is to win two games at home. As for the Lions, they still have a shot to play in January, but at 6-6 they have to play a lot better to stop their recent four-game losing streak.

The Cowboys offense is putting up 390.9 yards per game, and should be able to attack the Lions secondary all day long in the comfort of Ford Field. Look for yet another big day from T.O., Romo and the rest of the Cowboys passing attack. Last week against the Vikings the Lions got run over in the first half, allowing 35 points en-route to a 42-10 loss. Over their four-game losing streak, the Lions have been outscored 126-67.

Detroit has almost been as equally as bad on offense, not able to get the ball down the field as they were early in the season, and the running game which was playing well after eight games with the addition of Kevin Jones, has also been nowhere to be found. Could Jon Kitna and company get back to form this week? Unlikely, as they will be without WR Roy Williams, who was hurt with a knee injury last week. “There’s an easy way out and a hard way out,” said Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna, who’s 13-25 lifetime in games played in December and January. “We have to choose the hard way if we want to do it. But we have to choose it – all 53 guys. We can’t have some and not the others.”

Look for another long Sunday for the Lions, as the Ford Field faithful that do show up will be disgusted by the middle of the third quarter, and the Cowboys should be able to go in cruise control for most of the second half in what should be a rather boring game and lopsided win for Dallas.


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