- Unfamiliar Opponents Collide
- Detroit: Disappointing Defense
- Dallas: Improving Offense
- Lions vs Cowboys Game Injuries
- Lions vs Cowboys Head-to-Head
- Lions vs Cowboys Game Information
- Lions vs Cowboys Betting Lines
- Lions vs Cowboys Prediction
- Lions vs Cowboys Trends
- Lions vs Cowboys Edge
- Lions vs Cowboys Results
- Lions vs Cowboys Game Summary
Unfamiliar Opponents Collide
Though both teams suffered a loss in their last game, the Dallas Cowboys have been much more successful than the Detroit Lions.
Detroit, returning from its bye week, has a 1-4 record. After a three-game losing skid that included a loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Lions are last in the NFC North.
Dallas, meanwhile, won four in a row after losing its season opener. The win streak came to an end last week with a loss to the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. With wins over the Washington Commanders and New York Giants, Dallas (4-2) enters this home game against Detroit third in the NFC East.
The Lions have the third-best odds to win the NFC North with (+3000) odds while the Cowboys (+550) have the second-best chances to win the NFC East.
Detroit: Disappointing Defense
One of the main reasons Detroit has dropped four games is due to the Lions’ inability to stop opposing offenses.
The Lions’ offense is third in the league in scoring, averaging 28 points, but its defense is last in the league in points allowed, allowing 34 points per game.
Aside from Detroit’s last loss against the New England Patriots (29-0), the Lions have scored over 20 points each game while their opponents have scored 28 or more.
Detroit is also last in the league in rushing defense, allowing opponents to average 167.6 rush yards.
Against New England in Week 6, the Lions allowed Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson to rush for a career-high 161 yards on 25 attempts.
With Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard next up and quarterback Dak Prescott planning to return to the starting lineup, the Lions’ defense will need to show improvement to have a chance.
Dallas: Improving Offense
Although the Cowboys have won four games this season, their passing game hasn’t been a big contributor to that success.
After Prescott was injured in the season opener, backup Cooper Rush took over. While he has done a solid job, a Prescott return could improve Dallas’ numbers.
The Cowboys are in the bottom of the league in total and passing yards as well as points. Both their 300.8 total yards a game and 182 passing yards are 27th in the NFL while their 18.3 points a game is 23rd.
Instead, Elliott and Pollard, along with the strong defensive play, have played an integral role in Dallas’ success.
The Cowboys rush for 118.8 yards a game, 16th in the league, and are led by Elliott and Pollard, who have rushed for 386 and 292 yards, respectively.
The defense has also made a difference, allowing 304.2 total yards and 16.3 points a game, good for eighth and third in the league.
Dallas should see an improvement to its passing game with the return of Prescott.
Lions vs Cowboys Game Injuries
Lions vs Cowboys Head-to-Head
The Lions and Cowboys have met 29 times previously, including three times in the postseason. Dallas leads the series 17-12 and has won nine9 of the last 12 meetings. The last matchup was won by the Cowboys 35-27 in November 2019 at Detroit, while the Lions’ last win came in October 2013, a 31-30 victory.
Lions vs Cowboys Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 23
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
- How to watch Lions vs Cowboys? ESPN
Lions vs Cowboys Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Lions vs Cowboys Betting Lines
Lions vs Cowboys Prediction
Though the Lions are searching for a win and have a strong offense, despite their no-show against the Patriots, Dallas will have the upper hand in this matchup.
The return of Prescott as well as the Cowboys’ home-field advantage should be too much for the Lions. Prescott may have to shake off some rust, and Detroit should put up a good fight coming off its bye.
With the Cowboys owning the stronger defense, Dallas should grab the win at home, but the Lions should cover after a week off.
“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”