The Detroit Lions will play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Both teams come in with a 4-3 record largely due to their quarterback and receiver duos. Tony Romo has tallied an NFC best 15 passing touchdowns on the season. However, he is tied at 15 with Matthew Stafford. The only quarterback with more touchdowns in the league is Peyton Manning with 25.
When it comes to catching the ball, both the Cowboys and the Lions have a receiver with six touchdowns. They are both tied for the lead in the NFC for touchdown with a couple other players. Dez Bryant has more yards with 569 on 42 catches. Calvin Johnson only has 492 but has done it on 33 catches. There is no question that Johnson would have better stats if he wasn’t battling through an injury.
Earlier this week Dez Bryant told the media that he can do everything that Johnson can do. Bryant said, "I think it's just a pride thing. When it comes to football, just being on the field, it's a mind-set and having a mentality. I honestly believe when I'm there, I'll be feeling like there's nothing I can't do."
Fans have to look no further than last week for an example of Johnson’s greatness. He caught a 50 yard touchdown in triple coverage. It is catches like this that have given Johnson the nickname Megatron. Dez Bryant is defiantly a premiere player in this league but he is not at the level of Calvin Johnson yet. When Dez Bryant is naimed after a fiction robot or breaks Johnson’s single season receiving record, the debate can be reopened for discussion
The Lions cut Tony Scheffler in order to make room for offensive lineman Barry Richardson. In his three full seasons with the Lions he caught 113 passes for 1,229 yards and eight touchdowns. In his limited action this year, he has seven catches for 82 yards. Scheffler became dispensable with the emergence of Joseph Fauria. Fauria took advantage of his opportunities in Schefflers absence.
The Lions are currently in line for a wild card spot in the playoffs. They have a long way to go if they want to keep it that way. A win against the 4-3 Cowboys would be a step in the right direction. If the Lions defense is able to force turnovers on Sunday they should be able to come out on top.
The Lions play the Cowboys Sunday in Detroit at 1pm.