Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions players celebrate after wide receiver Calvin Johnson (not pictured) caught a pass for a touchdown the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions V Dallas Cowboys: Keys To The Game, Live Stream

Today’s game against the Dallas cowboys is huge for the Lions.  At stake are division position and the opportunity to notch a win against a conference opponent.  It is easily the biggest game of the years for the Detroit Lions.

So what do the Lions need to do to beat the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday?

Here are the keys to the game:

Get Vertical

The Lions must continue the success they had last week against the Bengals with the vertical passing game.  Matthew Stafford was effective getting Calvin Johnson involved and it resulted in 3 touchdowns. Calvin Johns is healthy against this week so expect Stafford to find him early and often.

Get Reggie In Open Space

With his combination of speed and elusiveness, bush presents a match-up problem for the Dallas linebacking corp.  The Lions have to get bush on the outside in open space with short passes  and screen plays.  That combined with an effective vertical passing attack should open up room between the tackles and slow the Dallas pass rush.

Get The Tight Ends Involved

Matthew Stafford once said that he has full faith and confidence in Brandon Pettigrew. He shoudl depend on hism this week with the offensive line being a bit beat up. The Lions should get the tighe ends involved by using two tight end sets using Pettigrew for blocking and splitting Joseph Fauira out on the wing as a home run threat. fauira has a knck for finding the endzone. If Clavin finds himself in triple coverage, Fauria will probably be open.

Clock Management

Head Coach Jim Schwartz caught some heat last week for his indecisiveness at the end of the game, leaving time on the clock for the Bengals to get in field goal range.  Schwartz can’t let something like that happen again causing another game to slip away.

Detroit Lions V Dallas Cowboys Game Info

Start Time: 1:00 pm

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