ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates his touchdown in the endzone withe teammate Brandon Pettigrew #87 during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lions Complete Roaring Comeback, Defeat Cowboys 34-30

The Dallas Cowboys play host to the Detroit Lions in Week 4, as Dallas looks to improve to 3-1 on the season.

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Cowboys Vs. Lions: Calvin Johnson's Two Touchdowns Completes Detroit's Comeback

When the Cowboys took a 20-3 lead into the half, they had held Calvin Johnson in check. Tony Romo had played an excellent first half, completing 19-of-24 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Dez Bryant.

The second half even started out well for Dallas, as Romo threw his third touchdown pass of the game, this time to Jason Witten from one yard out, giving Dallas a commanding 27-3 lead.

That's as good as it would get for the Cowboys on Sunday, as the wheels came flying off the wagon. 

Romo would throw his first interception of the day to former Cowboy Bobby Carpenter, which Carpenter returned 34 yards for Detroit's first touchdown of the game, cutting Dallas' lead down to 27-10.

Detroit's defense wasn't done, though. With the score still at 27-10, Romo was intercepted again, this time by Chris Houston, which he returned 56 yards for a touchdown. 

Romo would lead Dallas' offense on a drive inside Detroit's five yard line, but, the Cowboys were unable to convert on third down and were forced to settle for a 23 yard field goal from Dan Bailey. Jason Garrett had opted to go for it on 4th-and-goal from Detroit's one earlier in the first quarter, and Felix Jones was stopped short. 

Trailing 30-17, Calvin Johnson finally showed up in the end zone. Matthew Stafford connected with Megatron on a 23 yard touchdown pass, cutting Dallas' lead down to 30-24 with over 13 minutes left to play.

Once again, though, Dallas' offense stalled out, and the Lions capitalized again. Jason Hanson booted a 51 yard field goal, making the score 30-27 with just over four minutes to play.

Immediately, Romo was intercepted by Stephen Tulloch on a pass intended for Witten. The Lions capitalized on Romo's third interception, as Stafford found Johnson again -- this time from two yards out, capping off Detroit's comeback. 

Dallas will head into their bye week with a 2-2 record -- with both losses representing fourth quarter meltdowns as the Cowboys had the Jets on the ropes in Week 1, before fourth quarter mistakes facilitated New York's comeback. 

The loss overshadows the fine play of Laurent Robinson, who was targeted 10 times by Romo. Robinson finished the day with seven receptions for 116 yards.

Dallas' defense played well, holding Stafford in check. Stafford completed 21-of-43 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. 

Jason Garrett's team will now take the week off before preparing to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Week 6. 


Cowboys Vs. Lions Score: Dallas Leads Detroit 20-3 At Halftime

So far, so good for the Cowboys in Week 4. Dallas leads Detroit 20-3 at halftime, thanks in large part to two Dez Bryant touchdown receptions.

Tony Romo found Bryant twice for touchdowns in the first half, once from 25 yards out in the first quarter before finding Bryant for a six yard touchdown strike in the second quarter, putting Dallas up 14-0. 

The Cowboys would run their lead to 17-0 before Detroit finally answered with a field goal of their own.

Romo, though, led the Cowboys on a two minute drill, getting the Cowboys into field goal range during the waning moments of the first half. Kicker Dan Bailey connected on a 35 yard field goal, extending Dallas' lead to 20-3 into the second half. 

Romo has been excellent for Dallas, completing 19-of-24 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Laurent Robinson has been Romo's favorite target so far, targeting him five times. Robinson has four catches for 85 yards at the half, leading Dallas both in receptions and yards.

Dallas' defense has been excellent as well, keeping Detroit's explosive offense in check. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is just 9-of-23 for 88 yards and an interception at the half. 

Rob Ryan's secondary has also kept Calvin Johnson in check thus far, allowing Megatron just three receptions for 38 yards. Johnson has been targeted by Stafford five times. 


Fantasy Football Week 4 Cowboys/Lions Projections

Dallas' Week 4 matchup against the Detroit Lions should prove to be entertaining as Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson look to improve to 4-0 with the Lions against Tony Romo and the Cowboys. It's also an excellent fantasy matchup, pitting some of the premiere fantasy players against each other in the same game. 

As always, numberFire brings the latest and greatest fantasy projections each and every week -- and if the projections prove to be accurate, it could be a long day for Dallas Cowboys fans on Sunday. 

Note: All projected fantasy point totals are based on Yahoo! default scoring.

Matthew Stafford is projected to score the fourth most points out of all quarterbacks, as he's projected for a cool 18.17 fantasy points. numberFire projects Stafford to pass for nearly 270 yards and, basically, two touchdowns. 

Tony Romo, on the other hand, is projected as the No. 11 quarterback in Week 4. Romo is projected to throw for 234 yards and somewhere between one and two touchdowns.

Romo and Stafford are both certainly must-starts in all fantasy leagues. Both quarterbacks seem like they should be able to outperform their projections this week.

Both running backs in the game should be started as well. Jahvid Best is projected as the No. 14 running back this week, making him a very good RB2. Felix Jones, likewise, is a solid RB2, being projected to be the No. 20 running back this week. 

Not surprisingly, Calvin Johnson is projected to be the top wide out this week. numberFire is projecting 10 targets, seven receptions 93 yards and a touchdown for Megatron. If you've ever even considered benching Johnson, then you probably should quit playing fantasy football.

Dez Bryant, who is a game-time decision, is projected to be the No. 14 wide receiver this week. Since the Cowboys have an early game on Sunday, there should be plenty of time to remove Bryant from starting lineups if he's ruled out. He's certainly worth the hassle of adjusting the lineup at the last second, and should be started unless he's out. 

Nate Burleson is the only other wide out worth consideration between Dallas and Detroit. Burleson is projected to be the No. 38 wide out this week, making him a marginal flex play, or WR3 if your league uses three wideouts. 

Both tight ends between Dallas and Detroit need to be started as well. Jason Witten is projected to be the third best tight end this week, and Brandon Pettigrew is projected to be the tenth best. Only Rob Gronkowski and Jermichael Finley are projected to outscore Witten at the tight end position this week.

Kicking wise, Jason Hanson is projected as the No. 5 kicker and Dan Bailey as the No. 12 kicker. Bailey's six field goal performance last week probably won a few fantasy games for some, so he's a pretty solid play. 

Detroit's defense is projected as the eleventh-best fantasy unit this week, making them start worthy. Dallas' defense, on the other hand, should not be started, as numberFire sees them as the 18th best this week.

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