Lions’ defense holds after Cowboys’ defense catches a break

AP

The second half couldn’t have started much better for the Cowboys’ defense, as a tipped Matthew Stafford pass turned into an interception by Dallas linebacker Kyle Williams that had the Cowboys in the red zone.

And the Cowboys have nothing to show for it.

Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah sacked Tony Romo to push the Cowboys’ offense back, and when Dallas had to settle for a field goal try, kicker Dan Bailey missed. The Lions dodged a bullet, and the Cowboys lost out on an enormous opportunity.

The Lions have lost guard Travis Swanson to an injury — a particularly costly injury because Swanson himself was replacing the injured Larry Warford. The Cowboys have also lost linebacker Rolando McClain to an illness, while Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis has barely played after suffering a quad injury.

There’s still plenty of football left to play, but with the Lions up 17-7 in the third quarter, the Cowboys can’t afford to miss on many more golden opportunities.