The Dallas Cowboys (5-4) will face an NFC North opponent for the second straight week, taking on the Detroit Lions (3-5-1) Saturday for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Ford Field.
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox The Lions can't stop Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott in any way, including covering Elliott or Prescott's wide receivers. At the time, we had high hopes for these teams, advising to bet the over on win totals for the Los Angeles Chargers (7.5), Arizona Cardinals (7) and Dallas Cowboys (9.5). If you need a refresher.
Cowboys at Lions: Week 11 preview, betting trends and notes
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Cowboys at Lions: Key injuries
Lions: QB Matthew Stafford (back) will miss his second straight game, while CB Darius Slay (neck) was limited in practice, but is expected to be fine for Week 11.
Cowboys: WR Amari Cooper (knee, ankle) and DE DeMarcus Lawrence (neck) are expected to play.
Cowboys at Lions: Odds, betting lines and prediction
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Cowboys 30, Lions 20
The Cowboys typically take care of business against lesser opponents, but their Week 6 loss to the New York Jets was a stunner. They should be able to beat the Lions, who will have Jeff Driskel at QB, despite being on the road.
Take the COWBOYS (-304) to win outright against the Lions. Driskel and the Lions offense will have trouble moving the ball against Dallas’ defense, and Detroit struggles to stop the run.
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Against the Spread (?)
Despite being without Stafford, the Lions are only 6.5-point underdogs. That’s not very many points for a team starting its backup quarterback against a stout defense.
Dallas will cover the spread and win this one by at least one touchdown. Bet the COWBOYS -6.5 (-121).
The total has gone over in four of the Cowboys’ last five games and three of the last four for Detroit. The over/under of 46.5 might seem like a lot for a team led by Driskel, but the total will go above that number.
Take the OVER (-115) in this matchup, primarily because the Cowboys offense is rolling right now.
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By now we all know the NFC East has had a dreadful year, as all four teams have been embarrassingly bad 11 weeks into the season.
Just look at what happened Sunday — the Eagles lost to the Browns and fell to 3-6-1 but still held onto to the top spot in the division.
The Cowboys and Washington, meanwhile, both got big wins (any wins by any of these bad teams have to be considered big wins) to move to 3-7 and sit tied with the Giants (who are on a bye week) for second place in the division.
It’s ugly, all of it. There’s no debating that.
But here’s the deal – the winner of this division will have nothing to apologize for when they clam a spot in the playoffs and some other team in the NFC does not.
Because the other teams fighting for playoff spots in the NFC stink and won’t deserve a spot in the postseason because they wouldn’t do anything if they got there, anyways.
Before Sunday night I thought the winner of the NFC East should do the right thing and bow out of the playoffs and let a better team go. But then I saw the NFC playoff picture and realized the NFC is bad. Like, really bad. Just look at the teams that are “In The Hunt.”
The Bears are in the top spot of that group with a 5-5 record that doesn’t come close to telling their story. They’ve lost four straight games and don’t have anything that resembles a good option at quarterback. They don’t deserve to go the playoffs.
The Vikings are 4-6 and let the Cowboys come back and get a road win on Sunday. They will have nothing to say if the Cowboys or some other NFC East team makes the playoffs.
The 4-6 Detroit Lions are the Detroit Lions. Enough said.
The 4-6 49ers have their whole team on injured reserve for the rest of their season.
So who would you plug in to the playoffs if you could take the NFC East winner out of it?
Because the rest of those teams are are just as bad and not deserving of anything that would be seen as a reward.
Best online casino cyprus slots. Also, I think the Cowboys are going to win the NFC East.
Who Will Win Cowboys Or Lions Live
Quick hits: Everyone laughed at the Jets again… Smith-Schuster’s weird injury… UFC fighter rolls with Beyonce song mixup… And more.
– Everyone had a good laugh at an awful roughing the passer penalty that Jets DE Nathan Shepherd committed on Sunday. I mean, this thing was so Jets.
– Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster seemed to hurt his ankle after stepping on a penalty flag, which isn’t ideal.
– UFC fighter Mike Perry had the wrong walk-out song played before his fight on Saturday night but he totally rolled with it, belting out Beyonce’s “Halo” on his way to the Octagon.
– Saints coach Sean Payton had a savage retweet after Taysom Hill led New Orleans to a win over the Falcons on Sunday.
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– You have to see this legend of a man who saved his puppy from an alligator while not dropping his cigar.