Right before we get prepared for the last regular week, we must close the Christmas season and week 16 comes to an end with Monday Night, and it couldn’t get any more exciting for betting purposes. As the Dallas Cowboys face the Detroit Lions.
There’s no disputing that 12-2 is a great record but what we could argue about is the quality of the Cowboys’ wins this year. They’ve failed to cover the spread in four straight weeks and yet opened their game as 7-point favorites over the Lions. If that line were to close at 7, it would be tied for the biggest line in a Dallas game this year.
After winning and covering the spread in nine consecutive games, many were crowning the Cowboys as kings of the NFC. They have, however, compounded that streak by going 0-4 ATS in their last four games as it seems rookie Dak Prescott may be running out of tricks.
Looking back at the Cowboys’ schedule, it’s tough to find many really impressive wins they may have had the easiest slate of any NFL team. This matchup with the Lions offers a serious challenge as Matt Stafford and the retooled Detroit offense has been moving the ball at will against pretty much everyone.
Before their stumble against the Giants, Jim Caldwell had led his team to five straight wins and the Lions hadn’t lost by more than seven all year. The G-Men were a horrible matchup for Detroit defensively. The Cowboys, however, will not offer nearly as much resistance and I see very few scenarios where Matt “Moonball” Stafford fails to keep this thing close.
With the Packers nipping at the Lions’ heels, Detroit must win this game to avoid a Week 17 playoff with the green and yellow to see who will sit on the NFC North throne.
The Lions are 3-1 ATS in their last 4 games on the road against the Cowboys.
The total has gone UNDER in the Lions’ last 8 games.
The Lions are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last 7 games against teams with winning records
Offensively, the game matches up the Dallas Cowboys No. 5-ranked offense (26.14 PPG) against a Detroit Lions defense that ranks No. 10 at 20.36 PPG. The Cowboys passing attack has averaged 235.29 yards per game, less than the Lions give up through the air (247.79 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Detroit Lions feature the league’s No. 11-rated road run defense, allowing 100.4 yards per game. The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, ranks No. 2 in rushing offense at home.
In their last game, the Lions were Week 14 winners, coming out on top of the Bears by a score of 20-17. NFL Week 16 ends with Monday Night Football but betting action just begins at Heritagesports.eu