The Lions will put their perfect record on the line against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Like their game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cowboys could be another team the Lions find themselves jockeying with for a playoff spot. A win (obviously) would go a long way towards giving the Lions the upper hand in the latter weeks of the season.
So, what are fans with a Cowboys perspective saying about their team? I caught up with Steve Mullenax, editor of The Landry Hat, and he was kind enough to answer my questions.
Zac Snyder: It looked like Tony Romo took a lot of hits from the Redskins on Monday night. Is there any concern about how he will recover during the short week?
Steve Mullenax: Not really. Romo seemed to survive Monday night without re-injuring his ribs or punctured lung. He is to be in far better shape now then he was at this time last week. Here’s what Romo said about his injuries at his press conference after the game Monday night:”It’s not going to be any worse than it was last week. Theoretically, it should keep improving each week a little bit. If you can do that, you can handle it the next time I guess.”
ZS: After a long search for a kicker it looks like the team finally found one. Are Cowboys fans confident following Dan Bailey’s six field goal performance against the Redskins?
SM: Are the fans confident in Dan Bailey? Yes. Are the Cowboys’ coaching staff and front office? Who knows? Unfortunately, kickers in Dallas are judged on a week-to-week basis. There are no long term kickers in big “D”. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Bailey was on another team within the next couple of years. (see Billy Cundiff, Nick Folk, and Shaun Suisham)
ZS: How are the Cowboys different in Jason Garrett’s first full year as head coach?
SM: The change is all about culture and philosophy. Coach Garrett stresses team preparation and hard work. He preaches the fact that every player must be ready to do their part at any given moment.
ZS: Is there a name of a Cowboy the general football fan might not know but we should look for on Sunday?
SM: LB Sean Lee. The second year linebacker out of Penn State currently leads the league in tackles. Lee is the quarterback of the defense and has been a tackling and turn-over machine. Look for him to have a huge impact on Sunday’s game.
ZS: What are you expecting from the Lions-Cowboys game and what is your predicted final score?
SM: The Lions are hot right now. But so is the Dallas defense. I think it’ll be a close one and Dallas will have a chance to break the Lion’s winning streak. But I predict that the Detroit offense will “light it up” late in the second half; similar to what happened last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Lions over the Cowboys, 24-21.