Dallas Tames The Detroit Lions For Third Straight Win

The Dallas Cowboys are on the last hump of a stretch of three games in just 11 days.
If there were one game in that stretch they seemed sure to win, it was Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
In the first quarter, on the Cowboys first drive Marion Barber takes the handoff for the six yard touchdown and the Cowboys took the 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Cowboys added a field goal. However Detroit would get on the board. Kevin Jones went in for the two yard touchdown making it 10-7 Dallas.
Cowboys would add another field goal and then in the third quarter, Marion Barber was at it again. He would go in for the touchdown from four yards out. Dallas went up 20-7.
Drew Bledsoe had just 110 yards passing. There were yellow flags all over the place.
The Lions, had 17 penalties for 129 yards, nine of those led to Cowboys first downs.
The Cowboys win it, 20-7. 
It may have been a lackluster performance but there were a few bright spots that shined on the Cowboys' first drive: the returns of running back Julius Jones and kicker Billy Cundiff.
After missing three games with a high ankle sprain, Julius Jones returned to the field getting 30 yards on his first two touches.
"It felt really good to be able to get down the field and cut on my ankle and get some things done," Jones said.
With Jones back, the Cowboys saw the potentially lethal combination of Jones and the rookie standout Marion Barber in the running game. Jones had 92 yards on the day. Barber scored both Cowboys' touchdowns.
"Marion's stepping up and making plays and his pass protection is really good," Jones said, "and that's thing I'm most impressed with."
"It's a great luxury as a quarterback," said Drew Bledsoe. "It's great to have Julius back. He looked like his old self in practice this week and then he looked like his old self in the game."
Another plus, the old face as the new kicker. Veteran Billy Cundiff returned to the team this week after he was released during training camp due to a hip injury.
"I had 12 weeks where all I did was workout, so if anyone has the chance to work out for 12 weeks they better be strong or they are not doing the right things."
In his return, Cundiff hit a 56 yard field goal, the longest in Cowboy history.
The pieces seemed all in place but the team admits this was not the prettiest win. Still, the Cowboys put together their first three game winning streak since 2003. Something that could be a major factor on a difficult tail end of the regular season. 
"To get to 7-3, this stretch that we have in front of us this season, starting here in a couple of days against the Broncos is really really tough. So all these wins are hugely important."
Again, the Cowboys play the Denver Broncos, Thanksgiving at Texas Stadium.
Sunday's game will quickly be a thing of the past. The Cowboys will begin practice Monday afternoon.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com