The NFL season does not slow down for any team as week 8 has arrived with key NFC matchups on tap. One of those key games is between the Dallas Cowboys and the host Detroit Lions.
Dallas is 4-3 straight up, but an impressive 6-1 against the spread. Detroit is 4-3 SU and ATS.
Dallas leads the NFC East and owns the best mark in the league ATS at 6-1. The Cowboys have covered in their past three games. Detroit is just a half game out of first in the NFC North behind the Green Bay Packers and tied with the Chicago Bears.
The Lions went down to defeat last week against Cincinnati 27-24 and will be looking to roar back to a win on Sunday.
Both the Lions and Cowboys can be described as having offenses that are above average and defenses that are below average. Dallas will have its hands full with Matthew Stafford the Lions quarterback who has thrown for eight touchdowns and one interception over the past three weeks.
Online betting sites such as Bovada and topbet have the Lions at -3 as the favorite. Other sites such as sportsbook.com and betonline have the total points on 51 for the over/under.
On most books Detroit opened at -3 and even though on some sites like Bovada it at one time was up to -3.5, the spread has come down again to -3.
In the past four home games for Detroit, the OVER is 4-0, and is at 16-7-1 over the past 24 games for Detroit following a loss ATS.
The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS over their past six games in October and Dallas is 4-1 ATS over its past five games against teams with winning record.
The Lions are 8-18 ATS over their past 26 games versus NFC opponents, but are 11-4 ATS over their past 15 games played during October.
The last time the teams played head to head was in 2011 and the Lions won 34-30 in Dallas.
Even taking into consideration the home field advantage for Detroit, this game should be more of a pick ‘em than one with Detroit -3. Some would even make a strong case that the Cowboys should be the favorite.
Some situational trends favor Dallas, who even when opponents out gain them, find a way to win such as with two special teams returns for touchdowns. At 3 or 3.5, this is a must to play Dallas.
The 51 total seems low for two teams with little defense and high-powered offenses. The Cowboys scored 48 and allowed 51 against Denver. This game should be high powered. Smart money is taking the OVER along with the Cowboys.