Final thoughts awaiting Sunday’s titanic NFC battle between the Cowboys and Lions at Ford Field.
Kick start: Lions rookie
Martin shanked a 28-yarder with less than a minute to go, giving the ball to the Bengals at midfield. After two plays, the Bengals won the game on Mike Nugent’s 54-yard kick as time ran out.
The Lions have a 24-hour rule to prepare for the next opponent after celebrating victories or getting over losses. It took more than 24 hours for Martin to get over his fateful punt.
"Maybe a little bit," Martin said during the week. "But it’s still something you can’t think about. It’s all about the next punt. It’s part of being a professional. I’ve got to handle it."
Houston vs. Dallas: Cornerback
Houston was benched after the first half last week after being beaten for touchdowns by A.J. Green and Marvin Jones.
"We’ve all had weeks like that," Mathis said. "It won’t be the first, and it won’t be the last. It’s just the nature of the game. He can come back next week and have two or three picks and last week will be forgotten.
"He’s going to bounce back."
One man’s opinion on three keys to the game:
For the Lions, win the turnover battle and block the Cowboys’ front seven to let
For the Cowboys: If Tony Romo fights tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Dez Bryant, it could be a long day for the Lions’ secondary.
I-75 secondary: Half of the Cowboys’ starting secondary has its roots in Michigan and played college ball in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Rookie Jeff Heath, from Lake Orion High School and Saginaw Valley state, is making his first start at strong safety. Heath signed with the Cowboys in April as an undrafted free agent.
Cornerback Brandon Carr, from Flint Carman-Ainsworth High and Grand Valley State, signed with the Cowboys as a free agent last season. He entered the NFL in 2008 as Kansas City’s fifth-round draft pick and is one of the league’s most physical cornerbacks.
The Lions had a hand in developing Heath’s career. As a 13-year-old in 2004, Heath attended the first-ever Detroit Lions Summer Youth Football Camp.
Matchup to watch: The Lions’ offensive line is pitted against a Cowboys defensive line that has a bunch of no-name players who have performed at a high level.
Injuries have ravaged the Cowboys’ Front Four, but Lions guard
"Those guys are a lot like us, guys you never really heard from before," Sims said. "They go out and play hard and get the job done."