Dallas will host the Detroit Lions this week in a very interesting game considering both teams are 2-7. Dallas has come off of a huge win against the Giants, one of the best teams in the NFC, and seems to have been turned around by interim coach Jason Garrett. Detroit is coming off of a loss to the previously win-less Buffalo Bills, who are considered the worst team in the league. That’s what makes the game interesting.
Detroit, much like Dallas at points, has a great deal of talent with Calvin Johnson, Jahvid Best, Brandon Pettigrew, Louis Delmas, and so forth, but they cannot and have not been able to translate the talent into wins during the past. Most have looked at the Lions and felt they were on the cusp of breaking out for the past couple of seasons and each season were let down by a breakdown in the team in one way or another. It sounds like a familiar story out of Dallas, and though Dallas has met with success, including a playoff win, both teams are in a hole after having higher expectations.
Now it can be argued that, one team has more talent or another has had more success, but the fact remains that both have walked similar roads. Now the two meet, both minus their starting quarterbacks and both desperately needing a win to keep their season relevant. So how will it end up? Both still have top 10 passing offenses and both have mediocre pass defenses. So will the quarterbacks light it up? Maybe. Jason Garrett had the Cowboys offense firing on all cylinders last week, and with back up Shaun Hill for Detroit in, the Lions pass attack is still dangerous.
The interesting thing to watch for is how the Cowboys respond after a big win. In the past the Cowboys have been good at winning games that are tough match ups and losing the games that they should win. For all intents and purposes Dallas should win the game against a Lions team that has been off and on most of the year. So will the Cowboys be able to win like they are expected to? Or will they settle in like they have done in the past and fall apart? It will be a true test of how much Jason Garrett has really impacted the team since taking over. Though, Garrett will be facing a test every week as he is under the microscope as Dallas’ first interim head coach under Jerry Jones, this is an important one.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.