Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 9-30-2018

Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 9-30-2018

Detroit Lions (1-2) vs Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

Date : 09/30/2018
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : AT&T Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys

The Detroit Lions will seek their second win of the season when they visit AT&T Stadium in Irving, Texas, to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 1 pm EST.  In their last outing, the Lions would get two touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford while racking up 414 yards of total offense at home versus New England as they picked up the 26-10 victory on last Sunday night.  The Cowboys, on the other hand, obtained 166 yards on the ground by Ezekiel Elliot, yet, would suffer in the passing game as they took a 24-13 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks in week three.  These two teams last met on December 26, 2016 when Dallas would get the 42-21 home win as they also covered as 6.5 home favorites while the total of 46.5 points being surpassed.  Dak Prescott had three touchdown passes in the contest while Ezekiel Elliott has two rushing TD’s in the win.

Detroit Lions's Latest Performance :

The Lions would pick up some momentum in winning in style versus the New England Patriots on Sunday while out-gaining them in total yardage 414-209 for the game.  Matthew Stafford (262 yards, INT) would throw two touchdown passes for the game while Matt Prader chipped in four field goals in the win.  The Lions would have 25 first downs for the game compared to only 12 for the Patriots while the home team held the ball for a total of 39:15 minutes for the game, overall.  Tom Brady had a disastrous outing as he ended the game with 133 yards passing, a TD, along with an interception in the loss as he would have issues figuring out the top ranked passing defense in the NFL.  Stafford, on the other hand, would find Marvin Jones Jr (4 rec, 69 yds, TD) along with Kenny Golladay (6 rec, 53 yds, TD) for a passing game that ranks 8th in the league in yards per game with 295 yards per.  LB Sean Lee is day to day with a hamstring injury for Dallas and his status will likely be a game time decision while the Lions are healthy on offense and will look to build from their last outing in which to string together some wins.

Dallas Cowboys's Latest Performance :

Russell Wilson would throw two touchdown passes in the first half in building the Seahawks lead to 17-3 at the half and would extend their lead to 24-6 after a Chris Carson five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter before Tavon Austin would haul in a touchdown catch from Dak Prescott to tighten the lead to 24-13 midway through the final period to end the scoring for Dallas.  And while Elliot had an exceptional day on the ground, the passing game for Dallas struggled with only 137 yards in air along with five sacks, a fumble, along with two Prescott interceptions.  Cole Beasley would have 43 yards receiving on three catches in the loss for the Cowboys as their passing game ranks last in the league in passing yards per game with 145 per.  Because of this nonexistence from the passing attack, the Cowboys are ranked 30th in the NFL with only 278 yards per game in total offense while averaging 13.7 points per game.  Things will not get any easier for Prescott and his receiving corps as they will now be facing a Detroit team that is ranked 1st in allowing only 152 yards per game.  Nonetheless, Elliot must be able to lead the way as the Lions are ranked last in defending the run in giving up 149.3 rushing yards per game to their opponents.

How Detroit Lions & Dallas Cowboys Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Detroit is 2-1 ATS while the O/U is 2-1

Dallas is 1-2 ATS while the O/U is 0-3

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Lions will certainly possess a huge amount of momentum for this matchup, as stated.  However, the Cowboys will also come into this game with a healthy amount of focus as well as they are beginning to hear the grumbles from the fans and the public, alike, concerning their lackluster play to begin the season.  Expect them to get back to basics in utilizing Elliot even more in the offense in allowing him to be the focal point in the offense.  In all, this contest will be interesting as both the Lions and Cowboys need a win in which to increase their confidence, or, simply to get back on track after a rough patch of games to begin their 2018 campaign.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Detroit Lions +3.5

My reason for the pick :


I see Prescott having tons of trouble facing this Detroit secondary on Sunday.  It is for this reason that I will back the road team and the plus money as Dallas may indeed perform well on the ground versus the shaky defensive line of Detroit, however, with the way the signal caller for Dallas has performed lately, there will simply not be many opportunities for the passing game to be effective.  The Lions will bring the pressure to the Dallas offense in hopes that the QB will attempt to force the issue, thus increasing the probability of turnovers.  Nonetheless, it will be another tough day at the office for Dallas on Sunday as they may also be without their defensive signal caller in Sean Lee for this matchup.



Totals Selection: Pick:  Under (off)

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the under int his contest as we know that Detroit has proven that they can stop their opponents when needed; However, the Dallas defense is also ranked in the top 15 in every defensive category including points allowed with 14.7 points per game (7th) along with total yards per game with 281 (3rd).  Finally, Stafford and company will find it much more difficult versus a Cowboys secondary that allows 183 passing yards per game to its opponents, thus ranking them 4th in the league.  In all, look for this to be a tight, low-scoring affair to where points will be far and few in between.

Betting trends for Detroit Lions:

    • Detroit is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games on the road
    • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit’s last 7 games when playing Dallas

Betting trends for Dallas Cowboys:

    • Dallas is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 6 games at home
    • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas’s last 7 games when playing Detroit


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