The Cardinals — so close to ending their dreaded road losing streak in their last trip away from home — try again Sunday in Buffalo.
Breaking the 16-game streak is a big deal, but not as much as the fact the Cards (2-4) must win this week and in Miami the following week to keep alive any realistic belief in the playoffs. Besides, coach Dennis Green thinks the streak should end soon.
The numbers point that way. After losing on the road by an average of 24 points a game last season, the Cards have lost by 7, 3 and 3 points this year.
"I am accustomed to winning on the road," Green said. "We are going to hammer that idea home until we can do that.
"We have had three close ones. We were in position to win in St. Louis, we were in position in the fourth quarter in Atlanta and the same thing in San Francisco. This is the fourth one up and we have to do better."
The players have also seemed to put the streak to the side.
"You’ve got to win games at home (also)," running back Emmitt Smith said. "Detroit hasn’t won at home yet. They’ve only won on the road."
Smith wasn’t totally right, since the 4-2 Lions are only 3-0 on the road. But it is notable since Detroit snapped its NFL record 24-game road losing streak just this season. That’s a mark the Cards would rather not approach.
"I haven’t thought about it," quarterback Josh McCown said. "We’re just going to try to win a road game. That streak isn’t even on my mind."
STUMPING IN DALLAS
Smith has put in a little work for his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. Seems Smith shot a television commercial in Arlington and also did a radio commercial urging voters to approve funding for a new Cowboys stadium. The issue is on the Nov. 2 ballot for local voters.
"It is about time for them to get a new stadium, and they deserve one," Smith said.
Smith is on pace to rush for more than 1,200 yards, a hefty total after the Cowboys thought he was done after the 2002 season. But he said there was no reason to gloat while spending time back in Texas.
"You know, my success is out here," Smith said. "What (the Cowboys) are doing and how they are viewing it is on them. I am just trying to do whatever I can to help the Cardinals win games."
Cornerback Duane Starks (neck) missed Friday’s practice and was added to the injury list, but he is expected to play.
With Halloween Sunday, tackle L.J. Shelton recalled some of his fondest trick-or-treating memories. Like when he was in high school, and he made sure he headed over to where all the Detroit Lions lived in Michigan. Shelton didn’t dress up. He was just looking for candy. And money.
"Mind you, I was way too old to be trick or treating," Shelton said. "Barry (Sanders) would be handing out money, Lomas Brown would be handing out money. They didn’t like it. . . . Herman Moore wouldn’t give me anything. Told me I was too old."