The Detroit Lions are on cloud nine right now after getting their first win of the season when they defeated the New England Patriots, no less. Up ahead for Matt Patricia and his men is a date with the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. Will the Lions make it two in a row and even up their record to 2-2? Or will the Cowboys bounce back from a sorry loss last week with a statement victory at home?
Going into the matchup, NFL Futures give the Cowboys +6,600 odds to win Super Bowl 53, +3,500 odds to win the NFC, and +800 odds to win the NFC East. On the flip side, the Lions are given listed at +10,000 (Super Bowl), +5,000 (NFC), and +1,200 (NFC North).
Betting Preview for the Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 4 Game on September 30, 2018
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Detroit Lions (+3.5) vs Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Detroit Lions (1-2)
The student beat the master last Sunday, as Matt Patricia outwit his former boss in Bill Belichick during the Lions’ 26-10 win at home over the New England Patriots. Detroit’s defense showed its sharp fangs, as it limited the Pats to only 209 total yards. It helped Detroit that the Patriots looked unusually listless in that game, though, it shouldn’t take away anything from Detroit’s efforts on both ends of the field. On offense, Matthew Stafford passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns against an interception on 27-of-36 completions, but the real story was rookie running back Kerryon Johnson’s 101 rushing yards on 16 carries. It was the first time that a Detroit player rushed for at least 100 yards since 2012. The Lions are still a pass-heavy team and expect them to rely heavily on the trio of Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay, and Golden Tate. The three combined for 191 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots.
The Lions are ninth in the league with 393.3 passing yards per game and are 2-1 ATS in their last three road games.
Betting on the Dallas Cowboys (1-2)
The Cowboys are back to the drawing board after absorbing a 24-13 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on the road last Sunday. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had yet another letdown performance, passing for just 168 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. What made life harder for Prescott in the pocket was Dallas’ poor pass protection again. Prescott was taken down five times by Seattle, bringing the Cowboys’ season total to 11 sacks allowed – seventh most in the NFL. The Cowboys also did not get a score from their ground game. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 127 rushing yards on 16 carries, but those were empty calorie stats that didn’t really do much for Dallas. Elliott will have to do more against Detroit, as the Lions’ offense has been the best in the NFL so far in terms of passing defense with only 152.0 passing yards allowed per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes product should light it up opposite Detroit’s defense that ranks 31st in the NFL with 149.3 rushing yards given up per contest.
The under is 9-1 in Dallas’ last 10 games overall.
Detroit wins, 23-20.
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