Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs for yards after the catch against Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) during 2nd half of a game at Ford Field. Lions won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas and Detroit= Frenemies

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) and cornerback Darius Slay (30) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

As the Dallas Cowboys enter the final stretch of the long NFL season, every game will be crucial in trying to help move this team back into the playoffs. This week the Cowboys could look for help from another NFC team that is also fighting to get into the playoffs, the Detroit Lions.

Now there is some animosity from Cowboys fans towards the Lions, especially coming off the one-point loss to Detroit earlier in the year. But, make no mistake, there is added benefit to become a Lions fan this week. Don’t believe me? Let me explain how the Lions and the Cowboys can be the best of friends this week.

As of now, the Lions have a one game lead in the division over the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. This week they play the Philadelphia Eagles and win and a Bears loss would give them a two-game lead which could pretty much seal the NFC North for the Lions. On the flip side, the Cowboys and Eagles are tied a top of the NFC East and have four games each left, with the final one being against each other. The Cowboys play the Bears on Monday night and as I said earlier the Eagles host the Lions on Sunday. If the Cowboys can get a one-game lead heading into the final game of the season and can beat the Washington Redskins, it won’t matter if they lose to the Eagles in week 17 because they would have won the division due to tiebreakers. If the Eagles and Cowboys end in a tie, they would instantly go to division records and a potential Washington victory would ensure the Cowboys win that scenario. Staying a game ahead of the Eagles is very crucial for the chances at winning the division

So it is pretty simple really, Lions help out the Cowboys by beating the Eagles and the Cowboys help out the Lions by beating the Bears. With so much on the line for both teams, I see this as one of the rare opportunities that two teams really can help each other out.

So Cowboys fans help cheer on the Lions to victory this Sunday, the Lions fans will return the favor the Monday night.

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  • Old Frog

    Hope the Lions do a better job than the Cardinals did last week.

  • SmartThinking

    Beating the Bears in their house, with the kind of weather they’re expecting in Chicago is going to be far more of a task than many people think.

    This Bears team is made up of really good players at key positions.They’re NOT going to roll over for Dallas or anyone. In addition, this massive cold weather front which has moved in doesn’t bode well for Dallas either. Forecasts are for temperatures in the teens and a wind chill of minus numbers. Since Dallas is a warm weather team, other than the Ice Bowl game in the late 60′s, I can’t even remember that last time I saw Dallas play really cold. Not knowing how many Dallas players and the team as a whole will react to the cold bothers me greatly. Things break down faster in the cold, particularly game plans.

    Top-of-mind for me though is dealing with that ugly, horrible loss to Chicago from last year, the one where the Bears jumped on Dallas early and beat them at every position both physically and mentally for every minute of the 60 minutes they played, (think New Orleans this year, only worse). That Dallas loss, also in cold weather, is still deeply imprinted in my mind’s eye and this team needs to erase it from their minds as well.

    It’s been noted often how important this Chicago game is to Dallas in their plans to stay ahead of Philadelphia for the division prize. The Cowboys face a bigger much more formidable obstacle in Chicago than the Eagles face in Detroit. The NFC East division race leader come Tuesday, and possibly for the balance of this season, may well depend entirely on how well Dallas and Philadelphia like playing outside in the weather, something Dallas has much less experience doing than the other three teams combined.