or almost, anyway, that a brash young team with a 3rd year first overall pick at QB, a playmaking 4th year WR and a 2nd year 1st round RB was taking the NFL by storm after several losing seaons. That's right folks, our own 1991 Dallas Cowboys were 5-2 and playing the 5-2 Detroit Lions in the Pontiac Silverdome. Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin had massive games, and the defense allowed a mere 208 yards, but the Cowboys were BLOWN OUT 34-10, thanks to four turnovers and 2 non-offensive TDs.
Later that year, Erik Kramer picked apart Dallas in the divisional playoffs as the Lions won 38-6, the first and only postseason victory for the Lions since...1957! How humiliating, yet the Lions have consistently embarrased more talented Cowboys teams. To wit:
1981: 27-24 - Lions score on Eddie Murray FG to end game, even though video showed Lions had 12 men on the field.
1985: 26-21 - Cowboys outgain Lions 554-200 (!!), but lose thanks to 5 turnovers
1987: 27-17 - Danny White tosses four ints as the 4-3 Cowboys lose to the 1-6 Lions
1991: see above
1994: 20-17 - The defending Super Bowl champs get run over by Barry and Barry (Sanders and new head coach Switzer)
2001: 15-10 - The 1-14 Lions beat Quincy Carter. 'Nuff said.
2002: 9-7 - A classic matchup.
2006: 39-31 - Future Cowboys Jon Kitna and Roy Williams torch the Cowboys secondary.
Now, the Cowboys have beaten Detroit on occasion, including last year, from 2003-2005, a classic 28-27 win in 2007, an extremely satisfying 37-3 trouncing in Detroit in 1992, and of course the 5-0 NFC divisional playoff game in 1970. But the Lions do seem to have the Cowboys number, which is why I am fully prepared to see Detroit come out on top on Sunday.