Five-star answer: Stafford will take care of the Cowboys

Five-star question: Will the Cowboys hold Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford under his average of 325.6 yards passing per game?


This is the first real quarterback the Cowboys have seen this season and the first real receiver, Calvin Johnson, the team will face. Johnson is a big imposing figure that beats you deep and short. The Cowboys don't have the length to contend with Johnson. Yes, Cowboys Killer Santana Moss took on the Cowboys in Week 3, but he doesn't have the skill set as Johnson, right now. While the Cowboys pass rush has been solid this season, NFL leading 13 sacks, it's been against Mark Sanchez, Alex Smith and Rex Grossman.

Stafford, while sacked five times this season, has completed 66.9 percent of his passes and doesn't get rattled under pressure. He's thrown two interceptions the first three weeks but more importantly he's got a 110.7 passer rating, third in the NFL and he's second in the league in touchdowns with nine, trailing Tom Brady.

The Cowboys offense struggles in the red zone, not the Lions. This is where Stafford excels. The Lions are sixth in the league with eight touchdowns in 13 red zone drives, a 61.5 percent rate. It's going to be hard to slow down these Lions, especially Stafford, that is only getting better as a passer.