Monday Night Football Predictions - Lions vs. Cowboys

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Nikki Adams

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:23 PM GMT

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 4:23 PM GMT

The Detroit Lions take on the Dallas Cowboys on MNF, a matchup that has serious implications for the playoffs. Find out how to line up SU, ATS, and Total picks.

  Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys The Survivor

The Detroit Lions take on the Dallas Cowboys in a much-anticipated Monday Night showdown at the AT&T Stadium. A 17-6 loss to the Giants in week 15 sets back the Lions in the NFC North. Well, it gives Packers hope to make a late push for the title. In any event, the Lions will be extra motivated for this clash with the Cowboys. The hosts have proven to be the NFC standard, which makes this a tough matchup altogether. But the Lions have shown to have the measure of many an opponent and kept games close, as evinced by an 8-6-0 ATS record highlighted by a 1.1 winning margin and +1.3 differential versus the spread.

 

Free NFL Pick: Lions +7.5 (-105)Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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The Survivor

The Lions let an opportunity to put forward their bid for the NFC North crown slip through their fingers last week behind a rather lackluster 17-6 loss to the Giants at MetLife. It’s typically not a good idea to react to the previous week, but, given they’re gearing up for a date with the hottest team in the NFC it’s difficult to argue their merit to win straight up. Consider the Cowboys came-from-behind to beat the Bucs in SNF last week, a much-needed return to winning form ahead of the playoffs. Of course, it’s not impossible for Matthew Stafford and Company to pull off the upset. But would you really back the Lions in this spot?

 

Free NFL Pick: Cowboys -310Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Game Total

The Lions and Cowboys can credit solid defending and mature and measured offensive play for their successful campaigns. As such, the Lions are 4-10-0 in O/U betting while the Cowboys are 5-9-0 in O/U betting. Indeed, the NFL trends tip conspicuously towards the UNDER. A fact that is pressed home even more when looking at the run of form for both teams: Lions are riding eight straight UNDERS while the Cowboys have cashed on the UNDER in five of their last eight games, including three straight in the lead up to this MNF showdown. That said, sometimes things do go against the grain and this could be just such a matchup when the offense lights up.

 

Free NFL Pick: Over 43 (-110)Best Line Offered: at BetCris

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