Cowboys eye rare three-game win streak

IRVING, Texas -- The funny thing that happens when a team wins two games in a row is, the next question is whether they can win three in a row.

After back-to-back victories against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys will look for their first three-game winning streak Sunday since Weeks 13-15 of 2012 when they play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Last year's three-game winning streak -- against Philadelphia, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers -- put the Cowboys in contention for a playoff spot that they ultimately lost with defeats to the New Orleans Saints and Redskins to close the season.

Since Jason Garrett took over as head coach midway through the 2010 season, the Cowboys have had one three-game winning streak and one four-game winning streak.

"It would be a huge for our team, go on the road and get another big win," tight end Jason Witten said. "I think Jason has done really good job of keep getting better and learn ways to play better. Offensively, we can clean up a lot from last week and they're a good football team. On the road it's going to be a tough challenge. But it would be big. This is the period of time we've talked about a lot of stacking wins together and it's not just two, you know? You're trying to put a handful of those together so you can really play your best football moving forward."

While the NFC East looks to be a one-playoff team division, the Lions are in the thick of the NFC North race with the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Coach Jim Schwartz admitted there is some thought about wild-card tie-breaker possibilities this week.

"We can't worry about that stuff now," Schwartz said. "The Dallas Cowboys coming to town is enough things to worry about. They're leading the NFC East. They're coming off two wins in a row after having a tough loss to Denver so I think they've really responded well there. They lost that really tough game and bounced back and won two games in a row. They're coming here with the same record we have. It's going to be a tough, physical game. There's going to be some outstanding players on the field. We're going to have to play our very best to come out with a win and that's the only thing we can worry about right now."