Cowboys vs. Lions NFL Week 8: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Ford Field
Weather: High 52, Low 39
Line: Detroit (-3)
The Dallas Cowboys are always considered a team that can make it to the playoffs each season. Sitting at 4-3 and in first place in the awful NFC East, the Cowboys have yet another chance at making the postseason and, maybe this time, winning a game. Tony Romo leads the high-powered offensive attack at quarterback for the eighth-best passing attack in the NFL. Romo has 2,010 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Cowboys and his favorite target has become the talented and young Dez Bryant. The top wide out has 42 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns on the season while tight end Jason Witten continues to be a go-to target, catching 35 passes for 388 yards and three scores. The run game could be back on track as DeMarco Murray has made it back to practice this week for the Cowboys. He has 428 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Before the season started, no one gave the Detroit Lions a chance to compete for an NFC North title. People thought that the 4-12 team from a season ago was the team in which the Lions were destined to be once again. They have already matched that win total from a season ago through seven weeks and are looking to jump to 5-3 on the season with a big win against Dallas. Matthew Stafford is once again one of the top young quarterbacks in the league. Stafford leads the fifth-best passing offense in the league with 2,129 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season while completing 61 percent of his passes. Calvin Johnson has been the recipient of a majority of the receptions, catching 33 passes for 492 yards and six touchdowns. Don’t sleep on the run game behind Reggie Bush as he has 426 yards and a touchdown while also catching 23 passes for 305 yards and two scores out of the backfield.
Defensively, the Cowboys have not been able to stop too many people, allowing the third-most passing yards per game and the fourth-most overall yards per game. They can, however, stop the run — ranking 13th in yards allowed per game on the ground. The Lions have been mediocre, at best, on defense this season. Ranking 21st in points allowed per game and 31st in total yards allowed per game, this team has a lot to work on defensively if it wants to contend for a division title.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 31, Lions 27