Lions vs. Cowboys - Week 11

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When I got on the plane in Detroit , it was a nice cold Michigan morning. When I exited 2 and a half hours later, it was a nice warm Michigan (well I am in Texas ) morning. All week I have warned you that this could be a trap game for Dallas . What’s a trap game

Hondo? Thanks for asking. It is a game that you should win sandwiched between two difficult games after winning the first? Did you get that? Pay attention, there will be a test later.

The Lions come into Texas stadium led by the arm of embattled QB Joey Harrington. Much to Steve Mariucci’s dismay, Garcia was not able to start the game and Joey will get the shot after a good performance in the Arizona victory.

The Lions won last week, won, but the ruckus around the Lions has been about the lack of carries for Kevin Jones and the issues with going for less than the needed yardage on 3rd down that has plagued this coaching staff for three seasons under Mooch.

The pre-game buzz that I broke to the Michigan media was that the Lions have informed embattled WR Charles Rogers that they will attempt to collect a $10 million dollar refund on the $14 million dollar signing bonus he got when he signed with the Lions based upon his struggles with substance abuse.

The Lions came out flat and Drew Bledsoe marched his fellow Cowboys down the field all the way to the Lion 5. The Lions defense allowed the Cowboy’s Marion Barber III to punch the ball in from there and the PAT was good. The 15-play drive was 82 yards in length, and it also let the Cowboys establish quickly with the Lions that this was their house.

Thanks to the great return skills of fan favorite Eddie Drummond, the Lions started their first drive at their own 37-yard line. Kicking themselves in the butt before they were ever able to get off a play, Damien Woody jumped off-sides giving the Lions a 1st and 15 at their own 32. To win today in this environment, against such a superb coaching staff, has to happen with mistake proof football and that was a bad way to start. The Lions got to the 32 of the Cowboys, but yet again, penalties pushed them back and on a 3rd and 12 at the Dallas 42, they picked up 3 yards on a screen. Are you tired of hearing me complain about the lack of aggressiveness on 3rd down? The Lions punted and pinned the Boys at their own 20. They got as far as the 41, but a Julius Jones fumble gave the Lions the ball at the Cowboy 47.

Both teams exchanged drives that ended in futility. The Lions didn’t help themselves having 9 penalties to the Cowboys zero. The Cowboys eventually got to the Lion 1. They attempted to punch it in three times and each time it failed, but on the fourth down the Tuna went for the FG and got it. The score was the Cowboys 10 and the Lions 0 with 6:39 left in the 2nd quarter.

Charles Rogers finally got his first snap with 6:31 left in the 2nd quarter. The Lions answered the Cowboys FG with a nice drive that was culminated by a 2-yard TD run by Kevin Jones. The PAT was good and with 2:49 left in the 2nd half it was Dallas 10 and the Lions 7. For the second week in a row, Lions QB Joey Harrington played a good game. He made some great reads, protected the ball and showed progression through his reads well. On the Jones TD, Charles Rogers was a great decoy and threw a great block for the TD. Perhaps his ‘off the field’ issues and being benched for most of the first half motivated him. I am unsure if anything can fully motivate Charles but the Lions are trying.

The half ended with a 56-yard field goal by the Cowboys on a less than impressive drive. The Lions were not playing terribly, but the Cowboys were not playing well. The half ended 13-7 with the Cowboys in the lead.

The third quarter was a pitiful display of hopeless football. Not only was the play-calling suspect at best, but also the discipline was atrocious. The sad fact was that not only were the Lions losing, but also they were self-destructing. This team was obviously spiraling and something had to happen.

The Cowboys, with 2:21 left in the 3rd, marched down the field with the help of endless penalties from an undisciplined Lions team and took the lead 20-7. 

The score never changed and the Cowboys played bad host to the Lions. The Lions now find themselves buried in the quagmire of a horrible season spiraling out of control.