Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys: 5 Lions to Watch for in Big D

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Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys: 5 Lions to Watch for in Big D
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The Detroit Lions pride is continuing to populate.  Between the national talking heads and print media, the Lions are quickly becoming the darlings of this NFL season.  There has not been a greater public display of love around these parts since Kwame Kilpatrick was thumbing his adoration for Christine Beatty.

This weekend, the "Van Etten V" and the rest of the Lions head south to the land of belt buckles bigger than Rhode Island and steaks ordered by the pound.  Yes, we're talkin’ about the Big D...Dallas, Texas y’all!  Where Yellow Roses carry aerosol hairspray in their steer satchels and make-up application is performed on a paint-by-numbers basis.

It's North versus South as the two Thanksgiving Day staples do battle.  Quarterback Tony Romo continues to suffer from fractured ribs and Miles Austin is out for this week's action.  Toss in a banged up secondary and the Cowboys appear ready for branding.

Can the Lions head into their Monday Night homecoming with the Bears 4-0?  Can Dallas keep the clipboard in Jon Kitna’s hands and preserve Tony Romo?

Here are my five players to watch.  As I did last week and probably most weeks, I will try and abstain from the obvious.  Stafford, Johnson and Suh are no-brainers.  Although I must admit, I’m curious to see how Stafford handles his first NFL game back in his hometown.

Saddle up!!  Here’s the "Van Etten V"…

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