|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys have plenty in common as they prepare for this November 21st tilt. Both teams are missing their starting quarterbacks for the remainder of the NFL season and both teams are looking at a top NFL Draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions almost broke their losing streak on the road against the Buffalo Bills but their streak remains in tact heading into this game. The Dallas Cowboys played with a renewed vigor after the dismissal of their coach Wade Phillips. Now the Detroit Lions will have their hands full with a Dallas Cowboys team that is holding out a desperate hope of making an NFL Playoff Wild Card spot.
The Dallas Cowboys lack of a running game has killed them all season long. Before Tony Romo was lost for the season, the Dallas Cowboys offense was still stagnant. The wide receivers at Jon Kitna's disposal are numerous but he does not have enough time in the pocket to make things happen. A great offensive line wins championships. A bad offensive line loses seven of eight games.
The Detroit Lions defense led by rookie and back up kicker, Ndamukong Suh has stepped up this season as a top ten unit in the NFL. Suh is joined on the defensive line by another addition to the Detroit Lions, Kyle Vanden Bosch. These two big D lineman have set the pace for the entire defense and everything begins and ends in the trenches for the Detroit Lions. The Detroit Lions defense has an edge over the Dallas Cowboys offense.
Sportsbook listed the Cowboys as the minus 7 point faves, with the total over under at 46.5.
The Detroit Lions offense is up in the air with Matt Stafford out for the remainder of the NFL season. If Shaun Hill can't go for this game, (elbow) it will be Drew Stanton. The Detroit Lions still have substantial offensive weapons with Calvin Johnson up top on the big plays and Nate Burleson as the underneath receiver. On the ground, Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith are still good running backs that can be great at times. The Detroit Lions running game has been averaging 130 yards per game.
DeMarcus Ware may be the only Dallas Cowboys defensive player that has not had his heart questioned. Mike Jenkins obviously quit on a play two weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers. This defensive unit was previously under the tutelage of departed head coach Wade Phillips and their play in the last few games under Phillips is what contributed to his ouster. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys defense are a wash.