For the only time this season, the Cowboys play back-to-back road games on consecutive weekends. (They have a bye between trips to New Orleans and the Giants.) Having won last week in Philadelphia, the Cowboys try to make it a sweep this weekend in Detroit.
That is harder than it sounds.
The Cowboys have not won road games on consecutive weekends since 2009. Starting in 1996, the Cowboys have faced 34 back-to-back road trips -- 68 total games -- and they managed to sweep only three times. In 2009, Dallas had back-to-back victories at New Orleans and at Washington, and it accomplished the feat twice in 2007 with victories at Miami and Chicago early in the season followed by victories at Philadelphia and at the Giants midway through the season.
"One of the things we’ve preached to our team is you really can’t worry about where you’re playing, who you’re playing, when you’re playing, all that kind of stuff," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We all smile when I say that stuff, but I just believe it. A lot of people get caught up in statistics, rivalries, you haven’t beaten this team since 1968. Well, our guys weren’t alive in 1968, right? So I mean, you’ve just got to be really careful about going down that road. What matters is how we prepare and then how we go play. Regardless of who the opponent is and where we’re playing them, that’s really our mindset."
-- Charean Williams