The Detroit Lions will have the chance to improve their last season’s record when they receive the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday 27th. The cowboys are coming off two consecutive victories versus the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, while the Lions lost at home to the Cincinnati Bengals. Still, the offshore sportbook point spread favors Detroit (-3). Both teams currently have a 4-3 record, and they both played very well in their previous outings on Week 7, only the Lions came up a bit short. We’ll have to see whether gives Dallas a psychological edge. Additionally, the Cowboys’ status as underdogs might give Detroit an unwarranted, false sense of security.
The Lions must win on Sunday if they want to keep up with the Green Bay Packers. The question, though, is can they win? Or rather, how can they win? Defending the passing game is not Detroit’s forte, but if they can exploit Tony Romo’s tendency to turn over the ball in the clutch, then they will certainly have a chance. As for their QB, at 25 years of age, Lion Mathew Stafford’s glory days may already be past him. He surely isn’t playing as well as he did in 2011 -when his name belonged in the same group as the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees- and there is a good chance that he never will. Nonetheless, Stafford and Romo are very well matched, statistically speaking, as offshore sportbook bettors know.
We mentioned that Dallas’ offshore sportbook underdog status may be deceiving. However, Detroit’s loss to the Bengals may be deceiving as well. Although the victory was ultimately out of their grasp, they played a great game. A case could be made that if they play that well again, it might be enough to beat the Cowboys. It may be oversimplifying, but the Lions need to do more of what they did right, and less of what they did wrong to come out on top this time. Sounds like a no-brainer on paper, which is why Detroit fans were probably pulling their own hair out last Sunday when the Bengals blocked a field goal that led to a touchdown, just to mention one example.