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Another shot at Cowboys Stadium for Suh

9/30/2011

I've admitted before that I don't watch a ton of college football. When you cover the NFL, fall Saturdays are typically about travel and football detox.

But I clearly remember watching the Big 12 championship game on Dec. 5, 2009. Like the rest of you, I saw a performance that suggested then-Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh would be a star in the NFL.

Suh throttled the Texas offensive line, breaking through for 4.5 sacks and three other tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Nebraska lost that game 13-12 at Cowboys Stadium. Last year, Suh returned to the stadium with the Detroit Lions and absorbed a 35-19 defeat from the Dallas Cowboys. So in two games at Cowboys Stadium, Suh has 20 tackles and five sacks but no victories.

Speaking to Detroit-area reporters this week, Suh made clear he plans to change that final number when the Lions travel to Cowboys Stadium this weekend.

"Yeah, I don't really like that stadium," Suh said. "I'm 0-2 in that stadium. So I plan on going down there this week, kind of my own extra oomph getting after this game. I want to come out a winner at least once in that stadium. I don't know how many times I'll be able to play in that stadium. It's been three straight years; this will be the third straight year -- heartbreaking loss."

For what it's worth, seven of the nine ESPN experts who picked this game went with the Lions. After all, the Lions are 3-0 even with a statistically quiet start from Suh. He has a pair of sacks in three games, tying him for fifth among NFL defensive tackles. It's worth noting, however, that the Lions have the league's third-best pass defense this season based on opponent's 69.1 passer rating. Overall, the Lions are allowing the fourth-fewest passing yards (188.0) per game.