Two division leaders will go head to head in what will be one of the most exciting games of the season. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are the stars of Monday Night Football at AT&T Stadium this week and Sports Interaction’s NFL odds have the Cowboys listed as -7 favorites. The Lions broke their five-game winn streak last week, dropping one to the Giants on the road. The Lion’s offensive unit could only put six points on the board. The Cowboys are looking at a first round bye in the playoffs.
Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys
Point spread: Cowboys -7
Date: Monday, December 26, 2016
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
The Dallas Cowboys will be trying for a 13th win on MNF in order to hold onto their momentum as they head into the playoffs. This is just the second time in franchise history that they’ve had 13 wins. QB Dak Prescott started out strong but has struggled a bit as the season’s worn on, and he’s completing 67.7% of his passes for 3,418 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions.
RB Ezekiel Elliott is first in the league with 1,551 yards rushing from scrimmage. He broke the rookie rushing record and has bailed out Prescott more than once when he’s struggled. Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant have combined for 1,485 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. In terms of defense, the Cowboys are allowing 18.4 points and 345.6 yards per game.
Last week, Dallas beat the Bucs 26-20, and Prescott looked good, completing 32 of 36 passes for 279 yards. Elliott also had a huge game, taking 23 hand-offs for 159 yards and a touchdown. If this team wants to beat the Lions, they’re going to have to be almost perfect.
The Cowboys are having a banner year, and have only dropped one game to the New York Giants. They have to win one more game to secure the NFC East.
The Detroit Lions are on the hunt for their 10th victory of the season in order to secure their hold on the NFC North division. The Green Bay Packers are now only one win behind them, and they are certainly under pressure against one of the league’s strongest competitors this week. QB Matthew Stafford is completing 66.3% of his passes for 3,720 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
In terms of defensive digits, the Lions are allowing 20.4 points and 346.6 yards per game, while Tahir Whitehead leads the team with 119 tackles, Kerry Hyder has eight sacks and Tavon Wilson has two interceptions.
The Lions are 7-point underdogs here, but I they have a good chance. Stafford’s busted up finger should be in better condition, and they won’t be in the freezing rain that they had to play in last week. But their greatest chance comes from the fact that they really need and want this win. Because that NFC North title isn’t a lock for them, they’ll want to be firing on all cylinders to get that possible number 2 seed.
Cowboys vs. Lions Prediction
The Cowboys should come away with the win here, but it’ll be a close one.