[Detroit at Dallas, 1 p.m.]

"Half of Odessa will be in Dallas on Sunday, so if anybody wants to rob Odessa, the time is Sunday."

-- Lions wide receiver Roy Williams, on his home town of Odessa, Tex.

Detroit has had a remarkable turnaround on the road this season, winning all three of its road games after losing 24 straight from 2001 to '03. (The Lions are, however, 1-2 at home this season, but that's a different story.)

Could the reason be . . . angel hair pasta?

"Our routine is exactly the same as it was a year ago, and it's exactly the same as most teams will have in the National Football League," Detroit Coach Steve Mariucci said this week.

"We did change the menu. We put angel hair pasta out. That might have been the difference."

A more telling reason could be that the Lions are feasting on opponents' mistakes while limiting their own. Their plus-10 turnover margin (14 takeaways against just four giveaways) is tops in the league. Plus, Detroit has 22 sacks this season after only notching 28 all of last season.

The Cowboys, meantime, are minus-5 in turnover margin, which may be why Coach Bill Parcells isn't his usual jolly self these days. Their four takeaways rank second-to-last in the league.