The Dallas Cowboys (4-2, 2-1 Home) and their superb defense host the Detroit Lions (1-4, 0-2 Away) and their explosive offense at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. The Cowboys are seven-point favorites, and the total is 49.Detroit is coming off a one-sided 29-0 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 9, their third straight defeat. Jared Goff threw for 229 yards and an interception.
Jamaal Williams ran 15 times for 56 yards. Josh Reynolds was targeted 10 times, catching six passes for 92 yards. Dallas lost 26-17 to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. Cooper Rush was 18 of 38 for 181 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott carried 13 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. CeeDee Lamb was targeted 10 times, hauling in five receptions for 68 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since November 2019, a 35-27 win for the Cowboys.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Lions are averaging 28.0 points per game for the season, third in the NFL, and they are facing a Cowboys defense that has surrendered 16.3 PPG (3rd). Meanwhile, Dallas has scored 18.3 points a game this season, 23rd in the league, and Detroit is allowing 34.0 PPG (32nd).
The Lions rank eighth in the league in passing yards per game (272.2) and eighth in rushing (151.4). They will face a tough test through the air, as the Cowboys are fifth in the league in passing yards allowed per game (208.7). Against the run, Dallas is 19th (120.7).
Dallas has been one of the league’s least successful passing teams, averaging 192.3 passing yards per game (28th), while ranking 16th in rushing yards (118.8). The Lions are allowing 269.6 passing yards (24th) and 167.6 rushing yards per game (32nd).Detroit has found the end zone on 75% of trips to the red zone this season, third most in the NFL, averaging 4.0 trips a game (11th).
Dallas ranks as the one of the lowest volume red zone offenses in the league, moving inside the 20-yard-line only 2.3 times per game (33rd) and scoring a touchdown on 50% of those possessions (20th).
Through five games, Jared Goff has thrown for 11 touchdowns (4 INT) and 271.0 yards per game to lead Detroit in passing. In two away games this season, he has one TD (2 INT) and an average of 253.0 yards passing. Jamaal Williams leads the team in rushing with an average of 66.4 yards a game over five games.
He has six touchdowns on the ground. Josh Reynolds is the Lions’ leading receiver with 67.0 yards a game and two TDs. Cooper Rush has five passing touchdowns (3 INT) with 170.0 yards per game through six games to lead Dallas. In three home games this season, he has thrown for three TDs and an average of 174.0 yards.
Ezekiel Elliott has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 64.3 yards a game through six games. He has two touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb has been the primary target in the Cowboys’ passing game. He has two touchdowns and a 68.2 yard per game average through six appearances. CeeDee Lamb is averaging 10.0 targets per game (5.5 receptions).
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Dallas Cowboys (-300)
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