Cowboys win again, now 13-2 after beating Detroit

Television viewership suffered while the country focused on bigger issues.

All due respect to the New England Patriots, but the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the playoffs as the team to beat in either conference.

The Giants' first-round playoff opponent won't be the only scheduling detail determined in Week 17.

Some have bristled at Detroit's star quarterback continuing to play in a rout just one week before a division championship game against Green Bay - and, perhaps, the playoffs beyond that - but coach Jim Caldwell said he never even entertained the notion of lifting Stafford from the game.

Bryant is the first player in 38 years to both pass for a TD and catch a TD pass in a MNF game.

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman mocked Wenger for claiming Williams's 86th-minute victor stemmed from an erroneously awarded corner. Arsenal's inability to kill the game off against a rival was simply a case of déjà vu for supporters in the visiting enclosure.

Bryant's first career National Football League pass was a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jason Witten that gave the Cowboys a 35-21 lead over the Lions in the third quarter. It left Roberts lying right on his back, and fans in Dallas partying with the Cowboys comfortable ahead at the time, 42-21. This isn't how we've practiced. That's what allows you to play at a high level.

Zenner says he'll continue to work hard in preparing for each opportunity that may come along. And Garrett has gotten them this far with the routine-is-key approach. While Highland Park binds Stafford and the Jones family, the quarterback said he doesn't know the younger Jones and hadn't reached out to his dad, Cowboys executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones.

The Lions came out hot, as well, and introduced a national audience to a player they may not have heard of before in running back Zach Zenner. And like with the present playoff situation, the Lions and Packers figure prominently into the equation.

So now the question is how the Cowboys (12-2) keep their edge with two games that won't change their spot in the playoff bracket - starting Monday night at home against Detroit (9-5) - along with a bye before their postseason opener. "I was really nervous". I did not think we were going to call that play. But since I asked the questions, I will answer it. I'm not saying I'm a great mathematician or anything. The Seattle Seahawks haven't had a two-game winning streak in more than a month. The Lions can't catch the Cowboys for the one-seed, and the Giants are locked into the five-seed. But their offense has gone four games without a 20-point outing. "Whatever they think is best for our team, then that's what's going to happen". It probably isn't a good thing if the last line of defense is making the tackle, but Dallas has to love this hit and effort. So it's just timing. It's pretty much impossible to doubt or hate this kid at this point.

"It's clear that the election had an impact", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at an owners' meeting earlier this month. "I talk about the guys we have". I was hoping he would get closer to 20 carries tonight to put him in position to break it next week but the coaches made a decision to get Darren McFadden more touches and rest Zeke for a lot of the second half.


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