The Dallas Cowboys, with rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, were the hottest team in the NFL before their 11-game winning streak ended last week.
Now they're playing one of the hottest teams in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose five-game streak is the club's longest since the Super Bowl-winning season of 2002.
First-year coach Dirk Koetter just isn't sure which team is hotter going into the Sunday night spotlight, a first for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.
"Yeah, we're playing with confidence and I think these guys have earned a certain amount of swagger," Koetter said. "I think that comes with the territory, but if we've earned some swagger, how much has Dallas earned? They just had an 11-game winning streak snapped and we're sitting there with Detroit at a five-game winning streak.
"That looks kind of puny compared to Dallas' 11."
The Cowboys (11-2) are struggling for the first time with Prescott and Elliott. Even though they beat Minnesota two weeks ago, Prescott had a season low in passing yardage and Elliott needed a 30-yard run late to get to 86.
Then came the 10-7 loss to the New York Giants , Prescott's worst game as a pro when Dallas had a chance to wrap up the NFC East title and a first-round bye. The Cowboys will try again this week, but will need this time a Giants loss or tie against Detroit.
"I just worry about the next game," Prescott said. "But coming off a bad game, you have that chip on your shoulder. You want to go back out there and that's what it's about for me each and every day, is coming in and proving myself, not just after a loss."
Defense has led a surge by the Buccaneers (8-5) to a tie for the NFC South lead with Atlanta, capped by a 16-11 win in which New Orleans was held without a touchdown for just the second time since quarterback Drew Brees joined the Saints in 2006. Tampa Bay has an NFL-high 14 takeaways during the winning streak.
"They are extremely fast," Dallas offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "They get a lot of people around the ball. That's why they have so many turnovers. That's a combination of their speed and pursuit."
Things to consider in the second meeting in as many years between the Cowboys and Buccaneers, who snapped a five-game skid against Dallas with a win at home last season: