Monday, December 26, 2016
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The Detroit Lions travel to AT&T Stadium to play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, December 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has Dallas as 7 point favorites and the over/under was set at 41.5. The Lions are 8-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-10-0. The Cowboys have an over/under record of 5-9-0 and they are 9-5-0 against the spread.
Matthew Stafford finished with 273 yards through the air for Detroit last week. He completed 24 passes out of 39 attempts for a 62% completion percentage. The Lions were led in rushing by Dwayne Washington, who finished with 31 yards on 14 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 2 yards per carry. Golden Tate was the team leader in receiving with a total of 122 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. As a team in that game Detroit got a total of 16 first downs. Of those first downs, 2 came on the ground while 11 came through the air. They ran 59 total plays for 324 yards for the game. The Lions ran for 56 yards on 19 attempts.
Dak Prescott finished with 279 yards passing for Dallas last week. He went 32 for 36, resulting in a 89% completion percentage. The Cowboys were led on the ground by Ezekiel Elliott, who finished with 159 yards on 23 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Dez Bryant led the team in receiving with 82 yards and 8 catches. He finished the game with an average of 10 yards per reception. Dallas had 24 first downs total. 10 came from running the ball and 14 came from a pass. They ran 71 total plays for 449 yards for the contest. The Cowboys ran for 185 yards on 32 carries as a team.
Detroit scores 22 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 20th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 24 passes on 36 attempts for a 67% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 254 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 12th in the league. The Lions run for an average of 82 yards per game on 22 attempts for an average of 3.7 yards per carry. That ranks them 29th in the league. They also run 61 plays per contest and average 5.5 yards per play for an average of 335 yards per game, ranking their offense 21st overall this season. The Lions average 20 first downs per game which ranks them 18th in the NFL. They accumulate 54.9 penalty yards per game via 6.4 penalties, which ranks 24th in the league.
Detroit allows 248 passing yards per game, ranking 16th, and they allow 20 points per contest on defense, which ranks 10th. They give up 25 completions on 35 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 71%. The Lions allow 99 rushing yards per game on 23 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 11th in the NFL. Detroit allows 347 total yards per game including 5.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 14th in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 7.4 penalties for 61.2 yards per game, ranking them 15th among NFL teams.
Dallas averages 26 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 5th in the league. In the passing department, they complete 21 passes per game on 31 attempts for a 68% completion percentage. They throw for 235 yards through the air per game, ranking them 18th. The Cowboys run for an average of 155 yards per game on 32 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 2nd on the ground. They also run 65 plays per game and average 6 yards per play for a total of 390 yards per game, ranking them 4th in the league on offense. The Cowboys get an average of 23 first downs per game, which ranks 4th. They average 56.9 penalty yards per game via 6.6 penalties, ranking them 16th in the NFL.
Dallas allows an average of 265 passing yards per game, which ranks 28th in the league. Their defense overall allows 18 points per contest, which has them ranked 5th. They give up 27 completions on 39 attempts for a completion percentage of 69% per game. The Cowboys allow 81 rushing yards per contest on 21 carries for a 3.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 1st in the NFL. Dallas allows 346 total yards per game for an average of 5.6 yards per play, which ranks 13th in the league. They force 5.8 penalties for 47.2 yards in each contest, ranking 3rd.
Detroit Betting Trends
Detroit is 4-10-0 against the over/under this season
Detroit has an ATS record of 8-6-0 this season
Dallas Betting Trends
Dallas is 5-9-0 against the over/under this season
Dallas has an ATS record of 9-5-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/18/16 CB Darius Slay Hamstring injured last game, "?" Monday vs. Dallas
12/18/16 RB Theo Riddick Wrist "?" Monday vs. Dallas
12/18/16 C Travis Swanson Concussion "?" Monday vs. Dallas
12/08/16 DE Armonty Bryant Knee IR
12/07/16 TE Brandon Pettigrew Knee IR
12/07/16 CB Quandre Diggs Shoulder IR
11/02/16 TE Cole Wick Knee IR
09/21/16 RB Ameer Abdullah Foot IR
09/02/16 LS Jimmy Landes Shoulder IR
09/02/16 LB Jon Bostic Foot IR
08/31/16 TE Timothy Wright ACL IR
12/18/16 DL Cedric Thornton Ankle "?" Monday vs. Detroit
12/18/16 DE Demarcus Lawrence Back "?" Monday vs. Detroit
12/18/16 S J.J. Wilcox Thigh "?" Monday vs. Detroit
12/18/16 LB Justin Durant Elbow injured last game, "?" Monday vs. Detroit
12/16/16 OL Chaz Green Foot out for season
12/14/16 LB Jaylon Smith Knee IR
11/29/16 LB Rolando McClain Suspension out for season
11/23/16 TE James Hanna Knee out for season
11/16/16 TE Geoff Swaim Pectoral IR
11/01/16 CB Morris Claiborne Groin out indefinitely
09/28/16 DE Charles Tapper Back IR
09/27/16 OL La'el Collins Toe IR
09/20/16 DE Randy Gregory Suspension out for season
08/02/16 Backup QB Kellen Moore Fibula IR
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas -7
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