IRVING, Texas (Ticker) - The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions
are playing for much different things heading into Sunday's
The Cowboys still are holding out hope that they could win their
first NFC East title since 1998. But in order for that happen,
they need a win in this contest and a loss by Philadelphia to
Atlanta later Sunday.
If the Cowboys fail to win the division, they would visit
Seattle next weekend in the wild-card round.
Tied with the Oakland Raiders for the NFL's worst record, the
Lions would secure the No. 1 pick in April's draft with a loss.
Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn could be a target with that
Behind the play of surprising Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo, who
took over for Drew Bledsoe on October 29, the Cowboys appeared
headed toward a division title. However, they have lost two of
their last three games.
With a chance to secure the division, the Cowboys were
manhandled in a 23-7 loss to Philadelphia on Christmas. Dallas
surrendered 204 rushing yards and was outgained by a lopsided
Controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens had just two catches
for 23 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles to go along with
another critical drop. The performance again led to Owens
venting his frustration.
"I just feel like I'm not involved early in the game," Owens
said. "Everybody knows that's what I do. Every team that I've
played on, I've been involved early and often. It's hard to get
in the flow when you're getting a ball here, a ball there."
Romo also struggled against the Eagles, completing just 14-of-29
passes for 142 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
Trying to avoid finishing 0-8 on the road, the Lions are
completing their first season under coach Rod Marinelli.
Detroit is a woeful 23-72 the last six seasons with Matt
Millen as team president.
Last Sunday, the Lions nearly pulled off a shocker against the
NFC's best team before enduring a 26-21 loss to Chicago. Jon
Kitna completed 27-of-45 passes for 283 yards and three
Kitna has an NFL-high 30 turnovers, including 21 interceptions.
Bears, DE Young agree to 3-year contract The Chicago Bears added another pass rusher Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young on a 3-year contract, the team announced on Twitter.
The Cowboys have secured a wild card playoff spot, and can still win the NFC East with a win over the Lions and an Eagles loss. The Cowboys have been flat the last couple of games, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and will have to play mistake free football to avoid the upset.
The Cowboys need a win to gain momentum going into the post eason and to better position themselves in the wild card race if the Eagles win this week. The Lions are playing for the future and would like nothing better to end the season on a positive note with a win.