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Dallas Cowboys A Touchdown Favorite Over Detroit Lions

November 15th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Dallas Cowboys finally began to look like the team that everyone had expected them to look like this past Sunday in a 33-20 victory over NFC East rival New York.  The Cowboys dominated the game from the opening quarter under interim head coach Jason Garret.  It’s just one game however.

The Cowboys (2-7) continue their disappointing season this week against the Detroit Lions, a team coming off of a disappointing loss this past week to Buffalo, lifting the Bills to their first win of the 2010 NFL Season.

Now, these two teams, but of whom are virtually out of the playoff race already this season, will face off against each other in Week 11 of the season.

Looking ahead at this one for the Cowboys on offense, they gained 427 yards against the top-ranked defense in the league in the Giants this past Sunday.  All season long the Cowboys have been able to move up and down field on teams, but it has been the mistakes, penalties, and turnovers that have plagued and defined the Cowboys to-date this year.  The Cowboys will likely be able to move the ball on the Lions, but the big question is whether or not the performance from this past week can carry over to this game.

For the Lions on defense, winning the line of scrimmage will be a critical element to the game.  The Cowboys have shown vulnerability up front on the offensive line, and if the defensive front of Detroit can get after Kitna, they can try and create the mistakes that Dallas has been prone to make.

On offense for Detroit, the Lions will once again be without starter Matthew Stafford, who will be out with a shoulder injury in his throwing arm.  The Lions were not very productive against the Bills points-wise, though they did gain nearly 400 yards of total offense.  Detroit managed only three points in the first three quarters of the game, and by the fourth, it was too little too late.  They are going to have to get off to a better start against Dallas if they hope to hang tough in this one.

For the Dallas defense, it was finally a solid effort just a week after losing 45-7 to Green Bay.  While the defense for the Packers scored twice, the defense for the Cowboys by no means looked solid.  Against the Giants this past week however, they began to find their feet, causing Eli Manning to make several mistakes throughout the game.  If they can get that kind of production this week, there is no reason why the Cowboys couldn’t begin to string together two wins in a row.

Game Line

NFL Betting Lines have set Dallas as a touchdown favorite over Detroit in this match up, with the over/under installed at 46.5 points.

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