The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys both had heat-check games in Week 7, setting up a crucial Week 8 NFC battle in Michigan. The Lions (4-3) just got knocked down a peg at home today, falling to the Cincinnati Bengals by a field goal. Meanwhile Dallas (4-3) took sole possession of first in the NFC East with a dominant road win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Week 8 Matchup: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (1 p.m. ET Sunday)
Predicted Spread: Cowboys by 2 (Early Spread: Lions by 3)
Two quarterbacks that entered this offseason maligned as ever are both reeling off career years. Matthew Stafford‘s yards and touchdown numbers aren’t quite on pace with his 2011 campaign but he’s actually playing better. Outside of the contest where Calvin Johnson was a late scratch, Stafford moved the offense with quick releases and decisive reads, throwing only four picks and taking nine sacks heading into today. This compared to 29 sacks and 17 interceptions in 2012 when Megatron was probably healthier.
Tony Romo also took his share of lumps heading into the offseason and well after inking his contract extension. The ceaselessly criticized QB is making fantasy gold out of another no-name receiver, this year being rookie Terrance Williams. A household name Dallas needs to return and pressure Stafford is DeMarcus Ware, who sat out Week 7.
Key Matchup: DeMarco Murray vs. Lions defensive interior
Ndamukong Suh has picked up where he left off in 2012 by terrorizing offenses from the interior unlike any other player in the NFC. Nick Fairley hasn’t consistently hit his stride yet but when he does Detroit’s defensive line might be the league’s best. DeMarco Murray missed the Philly game but gives this offense a whole new bruising character when he’s running downhill and obliterating the middle. An edge this team needs.