Matchup: Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions
Date/Time: October 27th, 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Lions -3
Two teams that are sitting pretty in terms of the playoffs in the NFC are going to meet in NFL betting action this Sunday, as the Dallas Cowboys try to take out the Detroit Lions on the road at Ford Field.
Dallas figures to be a team with a lot to gain and not a heck of a lot to lose this week. The Philadelphia Eagles are the only team in the NFC East figured to win this weekend, and if the Eagles don’t, that means that there is a chance to move two up in the loss column on the field halfway through the season. There are definitely some issues though, the biggest of which is that the team has the 30th ranked pass defense in the game. Head Coach Jason Garrett did well to prep his team for the Philadelphia Eagles last week, as the Cowboys became the first team to really shut down the Head Coach Chip Kelly offense, but this is a different task against a team that is going to forcefully throw the ball all over the place at you. Detroit attacks every point on the field, and with DE Demarcus Ware likely out in this one, it’s going to be a tough game for this defense.
The Lions know that they can’t afford to lose games like these. This is the second straight game at home, and it is a game against a big NFC rival that could be contending for one of those Wild Card spots. The Cowboys in fact, are also in their second straight road game. It was good to see WR Calvin Johnson get into the game last week once again. Megatron had been battling a knee injury over the course of the last few weeks, some of which he was playing through and some of which he wasn’t. He came back with vengeance last week, making both DB Terrence Newman and DB Leon Hall look bad, catching nine passes for 155 yards and two scores. The real advantage here though, is that the linebackers in this Cover 2 defense going against Detroit this week are weak. That could leave a ton of openings for RB Joique Bell and RB Reggie Bush to come out of the backfield and put up huge days. We’ve seen what these two can do in open space before, and there might be plenty of it in this game.
Dallas has a good team this year, but these Lions know that this is one of the biggest games that they’ll play all season long. The last time these two went at it was two years ago, and QB Tony Romo single-handedly blew a 27-3 lead in the second half. Detroit used that win to carry itself into the playoffs, and it might do the exact same thing here in 2013.
Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions Pick: Detroit Lions -3
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