1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005
1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005
Detroit (4-5) at Dallas (6-3), Sunday 1:00 pm EST
IRVING, Texas (Ticker) -- The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions are traditional Thanksgiving Day hosts.
Four days before they host games on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys meet the Lions at Texas Stadium.
In coach Bill Parcells' third season, the Cowboys are tied with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East. Detroit is tied with Minnesota for second in the NFC North, two games behind Chicago.
Since a 2-2 start, the Cowboys have won four of their last five games. They enter this contest seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Last Monday night, the Cowboys were thoroughly outplayed before scoring two touchdowns 21 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter in a rousing 21-20 victory at Philadelphia. Safety Roy Williams provided the winning points with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:43 remaining.
Making his return to the starting lineup, Joey Harrington completed 21-of-31 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions posted a 29-21 victory over Arizona last week.
The third overall pick in 2002, Harrington had been relegated to the bench by coach Steve Mariucci, who elected to go with veteran Jeff Garcia. But with Garcia not fully recovered from a broken leg, Harrington has started the last two games.
Lions wide receiver Roy Williams, who starred at the University of Texas, will face the Cowboys for the first time. A native of Odessa, Texas, Williams had seven catches for 117 yards and three touchowns in the win over Arizona.
The Cowboys posted a 31-21 victory over the Lions here last season. Vinny Testaverde passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score to pace the Cowboys.
Series: Dallas leads, 9-8.
Next week: Detroit hosts Atlanta, November 24 Dallas hosts Denver, November 24
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Detroit head coach Steve Mariucci reiterated that Jeff Garcia is the starting quarterback, despite Joey Harrington's strong performance last week. However, that doesn't mean that Garcia will start this week. He is still recovering from his leg injury and Mariucci isn't expected to make a decision until later this week. Look for the Lions to come out running the ball regardless of who is under center. With its defense decimated with injuries, Detroit needs to keep the Dallas offense on the sidelines as much as possible.
The Cowboys will counter by spreading the field and attacking downfield early, in the hopes of jumping out to an early lead that forces the Lions to turn into a one-dimensional passing attack. Once it has stretched the field, Dallas will then look to control the tempo and wear down Detroit's front seven with a strong commitment to the running game.
|Avg Points Allowed||19.3||16.4|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||DET|
|Rush Yds Allowed||DET|
|Dallas leads 3-2|
|Oct 31, 2004||DET 21, @DAL 31|
|Oct 19, 2003||DET 7, DAL 38|
|Nov 3, 2002||DET 9, DAL 7|
|Jan 6, 2002||DET 15, DAL 10|