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Lions Cowboys Betting – Cowboys Roll Over Toothless Lions

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/16/2010 3:51:58 PM
lions cowboys betting
  • What: NFL betting
  • When: Sunday, November 21st, 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX
  • Pick: Dallas Cowboys -6.5

Online betting players may still be a bit skeptical of the Dallas Cowboys, even after last week’s big win because quite frankly, the Cowboys have stunk this year. But they have a great chance to build on that when they host Detroit on Sunday afternoon, and while the Detroit Lions are improving, they don’t have the talent on either side of the ball to hang with the Cowboys.

What’s On The Line

The Lions (2-7) were the Buffalo Bills’ first victims of the year in a 14-12 loss on the road, while the Cowboys (2-7) got the Jason Garrett era off to a good start in a 33-20 romp over the New York Giants away from home. Neither team is looking towards the playoff, but as for excitement, this will be one of the best games of the weekend. The Lions are looking to improve, while no one in Dallas can think that their job is safe, outside of maybe Dez Bryant.

Offensive Matchups: Lions Cowboys Betting

Detroit put up 390 yards against the Bills, but something wasn’t right about the Lions last week. Shaun Hill was 29-of-50 for 323 yards, a touchdown and a pick, but he was coming back after four weeks off with an injury and his timing was off. His decision to throw the ball away on fourth down, the Lions’ last chance, was puzzling to say the least. The Lions are 30th in the league running the ball as well. Things are looking up in Detroit, but with Matt Stafford hurt and a poor running game, they could be in for a long second half to 2010.

The Cowboys’ talent on offense was never in question, but against the Giants they stopped making the dumb mistakes that hurt them so far this year, and furthermore, they tried on every single play. Jon Kitna was 13-of-22 for 327 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, while Bryant had three catches for 104 yards and a score, plus another long one called back. The rookie wide receiver has easily been Dallas’ best player over the last couple of weeks, and it looks like the rest of the team is following suit. Now, to get that pesky running game going.

Betting Edge: Cowboys

Defensive Matchups: Lions Cowboys Betting

The Lions are two spots ahead of Dallas in defensive rankings, coming in 21st, and they did a good job against the Bills, but again, that was Buffalo and an anemic offense. Tackle Ndamukong Suh doesn’t a sack in his last two games, although he still commands a double-team. If there was a negative to this performance, it’s that the Lions couldn’t stop the Bills from running the ball, but that’s not news in Detroit, where they are 26th in the league.

Much like the offense, the defense only needed to play with some life and passion, and they brought against the Giants, forcing three turnovers, including one that was run back by cornerback Bryan McCann for the longest return in Dallas history. The linebackers were particularly good, with Bradie James, Keith Brooking and DeMarcus Ware combined for 31 tackles and were generally all over the place. There could be some worries, though, as corners Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins were hurt against the Giants.

Betting Edge: Draw

Notable Injuries: Lions Cowboys Betting

Odds are that Stafford (shoulder) will be out for this game, along with kicker Jason Hanson (knee), while running back Jahvid Best (toe) has been slowed as of late by the Lions. Jenkins (ankle) and Newman (neck, ribs) will have to be watched closely this week by the Cowboys.

Betting Edge: Cowboys

Outlook and Pick: Lions Cowboys Betting

The Cowboys are favored by 6.5 points at home according to NFL betting odds, and any other year you would probably find Dallas as a double-digit favorite at home against the Lions, but it is what it is. These two have split four games in Dallas since 1999, but overall, the Cowboys have won four of their last five against the Lions straight up, and they’re 3-2 ATS. We’re betting on the Cowboys to win their second straight game and get some momentum as the Lions are a different offense with Hill in the lineup, and we’re not even sure he’s at 100%. We’ll take Kitna over Hill any day, and the Cowboys will know that Detroit can’t run, so look for lots of pressure on the outside from Ware. This could also be a big day for a struggling Dallas ground game. Take the Cowboys to cover the sports betting spread at “Jerry’s World”.

Stan’s Pick: Dallas Cowboys


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