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Lions vs. Cowboys Betting: NFC Wild Card Round

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Start Time: Sunday, January 4th 2015 at 4:40pm ET
Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Station: Watch Live on FOX

This will be the best NFC Wild Card game without question. The Dallas Cowboys (12-4) will host the Detroit Lions (11-5) in a game where you just don’t know how both teams will play. It’s easy to imagine either one of these teams choking big in this spot.

Dallas won the NFC East finally after underachieving the past several seasons. They also come into this match-up hot, as they’ve won four in a row. The Lions played poorly last week and around this time of the year you almost expect the Lions to blow their chance.

Lions vs. Cowboys Betting Lines

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We have a couple big point spread this weekend in the wild card round. Dallas should definitely be favored, but this spread is a bit big in my opinion. The total is at 48 points and I have no lean, as these two teams are very unpredictable in terms of scoring.

DET @ DAL Stats Pack

These two teams are very different. Dallas likes to put up points and hope their defense plays well enough to win. Detroit has had to rely on their defense to win a lot of games this season because the offense has been inconsistent on a week-to-week basis.

Lions vs. Cowboys Point Spread Analysis

Detroit is lucky that the Ndamukong Suh suspension was lifted because they need him clogging the middle. Not only is he important to the Lions #1 rushing defense (69.3 RYPG), but he will also be relied upon to put pressure on Tony Romo on passing attempts.

The Lions ranked 8th in sacks (42) and it’s a good thing because their secondary is questionable at best. I’ve watched them closely a few times this season and they leave players absolutely wide open at times. During the season Detroit allowed 231.6 PYPG (13th).

Dallas is a team that can pass or run, which I believe is important in a Super Bowl contender. Detroit can’t sell out on defense due to this fact. The Cowboys come into this game ranked 2nd in rushing yards (147.1 RYPG) and 16th in passing yards (236.5 PYPG).

I expect Dallas to try and pass the football early to loosen up and space out this Lions defense. DeMarco Murray is having a career best season, but the Lions can stop the run plain and simple. Romo will have to play well or the Cowboys will lose this game SU.

Dez Bryant is playing the best football he has in a long time and I expect him to be pumped up to be in the playoffs at home and up against Calvin Johnson. Bryant will want to show the country why he’s a #1 WR and my money is on him outperforming Johnson.

Detroit will likely come out slinging the football as well, as they average 251.9 PYPG (12th) compared to just 88.9 RYPG (28th). They also have to attack the Cowboys weakness, which is the secondary. Dallas allows 251.9 PYPG (26th) and 103.1 RYPG (8th).

I simply trust the Cowboys passing attack more so than the Lions. Dallas also has the better run game and if they can get up early they can pound the rock to chew up time. Detroit’s defense will keep them around in this one, but that’s about it.

Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys Picks

The point spread is a little big for my liking, but I can’t pass up on the Cowboys. Detroit has overachieved in my opinion and they’ll blow this opportunity like they normally do. At least they made the playoffs this year, but I don’t expect them to win.

They’re not great on the road and the Cowboys have way more consistency on offense. Detroit has firepower with Stafford, Johnson and Golden Tate, but they’re not consistent performers plus they’re hurt by the fact that the offense struggles to run the football.

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