Slowing running back
Suh was punished for intentionally stepping on Green Bay quarterback
"I know I'm chomping at the bit to get back out there," Raiola told reporters this week. "I just think this team is hungry. The more shots that people take at us, the stronger we get, the tougher we get."
The Dallas Cowboys have won just one playoff game since 1997. The Detroit Lions have lost seven postseason games in a row, dating to 1991.
Something's got to give.
Does Cowboys quarterback
One of the more interesting matchups to watch — for the extracurricular, at least — is Cowboys safety
"We're definitely going to keep our radar out for [Tate] because that was a dirty shot," Church said on his weekly radio show. "We're looking forward to seeing him. We'll definitely get him back after that, but it will be within the rules."
Said Tate: "The game has to be played on Sunday, and an old great told me, 'You can't hit what you can't catch.' So we'll see on Sunday."
By the numbers
How teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for sacks and turnover differential, which are for the season (league rank in parentheses):
DET | DAL
Points scored: 20.1 (22) | 29.2 (5)
Points allowed: 17.6 (3) | 22 (15)
Pass offense: 251.9 (12) | 236.5 (16)
Rush offense: 88.9 (28) | 147.1 (2)
Pass defense: 231.6 (13) | 251.9 (26)
Rush defense: 69.3 (1) | 103.1 (8)
Sacks: 42 (8) | 28 (28)
Penalty yards: 53.0 (11) | 53.8 (14)
Turnovers: +7 (6) | +6 (9)
The Cowboys did a great job keeping their defense off the field this season by running the ball so effectively. For the Lions, getting Suh's suspension lifted was huge. The Cowboys won't be able to run the ball as well against that front seven, and the Lions will have some opportunities against the defense.