Lions Cowboys Pick Against The Spread – Week 4

In what stands to be one of the marquee match-ups in Week 4 NFL action, Matt Stafford leads his red-hot Detroit Lions into his hometown to take on the Dallas Cowboys. Both squads certainly had high hopes for their 2011 campaigns, but for Detroit and their long-suffering fans, nobody could’ve foreseen a flawless record thus far. A couple of seasons removed from an embarrassing 0-16 finish, the Lions are one of the NFL’s best teams at the moment and will take their high-confidence attack into football’s biggest stage, facing the Cowboys in Dallas.

The Cowboys enter this match-up banged up at many key positions. Dallas was widely expected to compete for the division crown in the NFC East, and wind up with a playoff spot. However if the first few games have been any indication, it will be a tough feat to attain. Though they currently sit with a 2-1 record, none of their performances have been particularly impressive, and while a lot of their issues are correlated to the injuries they’ve had to endure, the Cowboys must improve in a hurry in a game which could be vital for playoff tiebreaking purposes in early January.

Detroit vs. Dallas Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:
Detroit Lions +1.5 (-110)
@ Dallas Cowboys -1.5 (-110)

Game Total:
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)

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Lions vs Cowboys Pick:

At the moment there is no duo more dynamic than that of Stafford and his main target Calvin Johnson. The two have already connected an amazing 6 times in just three contests, and against a depleted and shaky Cowboys’ secondary, expect those totals to be added to come Sunday. To put it simply, Detroit is a confident and hungry team at the moment looking to eradicate the embarrassing chapters of years past. After seasons of record-breaking futility, the franchise has finally returned the pride to their team and they’ll look to carry this momentum against a hurting Dallas team.

The Cowboys will again be devoid of prominent wide receiver Miles Austin’s services as he tries to recover from a lingering hamstring injury. This puts much more emphasis on Dallas quarterback Tony Romo to continue to power through his painful rib injury and make plays despite limited options. Dez Bryant has been limited in practice all week, and though he is expected to play, it remains to be seen how effective he will be. Running back Felix Jones is also recovering from a rash of injuries, and cannot be expected to play a key role on Sunday against a vicious Lions’ defensive line.

Both teams have a wealth of talent in their defensive fronts but nobody in the league compares to the Lions’ duo on the defensive line of Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Already the two have five sacks between them and should be able to exploit a Cowboys’ offensive line that looked in disarray at times last week against the Redskins. Expect the Lions to get to Romo early and often, disrupting his rhythm and further exposing those already punished ribs. Romo has proven to the world his incredible toughness and heart, but against a ruthless Lions’ defensive front, it will be interesting to see if he makes it out of this game if they get a couple of good shots on him. With their being a decent chance of a Dez Bryant absence, it will put even more stress on Romo to will his team to victory. It simply is not a good situation for a hurting quarterback to be in. I like the Lions in this one to continue this improbable run and extend their record to 4-0. Expect another special performance from Matt Stafford in his hometown, and the former Georgia star should have minimal difficulty moving the chains. The Lions are firing on all cylinders right now on offense, putting up a mind-boggling 33.7 points per game, and unless somebody figures out how to stop Calvin Johnson, it could be a long day for the Cowboys and their legions of fans come Sunday.

Pick: Lions +1.5

Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.