This is a classic NFL Playoff contest. This outing features a pair of teams trying to shake off the past and move into a better future.
The Dallas Cowboys have been mired in mediocrity for the last few seasons, struggling to 8-8 and bumming out legions of fans. In 2014 Dallas broke through that barrier and launched themselves into an NFC East Championship and a home playoff game. DeMarco Murray is running like a beast and Tony Romo, despite a back injury, is the NFC Offensive player of the month, shedding the image of an inability to win the big games. Or has he? Romo must come out on fire in this one, perhaps the most important game yet in his career. The Cowboys have it all going for them, home field, a tough running game, a hot quarterback. What else could a Cowboys fan ask for?
The Detroit Lions have discarded some of their baggage as well, playing well late into the season and winning a playoff berth. The biggest factor for the Lions will be defense. Mathew Stafford has to manage this game and put points on the board. The Detroit defense must give him the opportunity by taking away Demarco Murray and the clock eating running game of the Cowboys. Do that, and Stafford and Calvin Johnson should be able to get into the end zone against a Dallas secondary that has played well but may be overmatched in this one.
Late Note: Ndamukong Suh should be in this game after having his suspension lifted, according to reports. Suh in a bad mood may be the one thing Dallas can’t handle.Eric Drouant