NFL: Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys Prediction 12/30/2023

The Detroit Lions (11-4) travel to face off against the Dallas Cowboys (10-5) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at AT&T Stadium in AT&T Stadium and televised on ABC. The Lions are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cowboys are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Dolphins. Kickoff is set for 8:15 ET.

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The Lions Are Coming Off A Win

The Lions took on the Vikings in week 16, winning by a score of 30-24. As 2.5-point favorites against the Vikings, the Lions picked up a ATS win.

On offense, the Lions finished with 389 yards against the Vikings. When it came to third downs, the Lions had a 50% conversion rate. Leading the ground game was Jahmyr Gibbs with 80 yards, and Jared Goff contributed 257 passing yards.

Defensively, the Lions gave up 390 total yards of offense to Minnesota. Of these yards, 17 were gained through rushing plays, and the team’s secondary allowed 373 yards on 36 pass attempts.

Throughout this season, the Lions have a record of 11-4, which positions them at 1st in the NFC-North. Their performance reflects a 1-1 record as underdogs and 10-3 when they are favored.

The Lions’ current scoring margin stands at +3.8, which has them coming in with a 10-5 ATS record. The average over/under line for Detroit games this season is currently 46.6 points. They have an over/under record of 10-5 with an average margin against the over/under of +4.5.

Lions Injury Report

  • Scott Daly – Knee (Out)
  • Nate Sudfeld – Knee (Out)
  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai – Back (Out)
  • Derrick Barnes – Shoulder (Probable)
  • Matt Nelson – Ankle (Out)
  • Jason Cabinda – Knee (Questionable)
  • C.J. Gardner-Johnson – Pectoral (Questionable)
  • Emmanuel Moseley – Knee (Out)
  • Mohamed Ibrahim – Hip (Out)
  • Shane Zylstra – Knee (Out)
  • Alim McNeill – Knee (Out)
  • Brock Wright – Hip (Questionable)
  • Jerry Jacobs – Hamstring (Probable)
  • Zonovan Knight – Shoulder (Out)
  • James Houston – Ankle (Out)
  • Taylor Decker – Groin (Questionable)
  • Frank Ragnow – Knee/back/toe (Probable)
  • Penei Sewell – Shoulder (Probable)

The Cowboys Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

This week, the Cowboys aim to recover from their 22-20 loss to the Dolphins. With their 2 point loss, the Cowboys also were handed a defeat on their ATS record. Going into the game, they were 1.5-point underdogs.

Offensively, Dak Prescott ended with 253 passing yards with a completion rate of 62%. The Cowboys ran the ball 25 times, gaining 97 yards. The team converted 4 of 12 third-down opportunities.

When facing the Miami offense in week 16, Dallas’ defense was thrown against 37 times, leading to 284 passing yards. On passing plays, the Cowboys gave up a completion rate of 64.9%, and they gave up a total of 375 yards of offense to the Dolphins.

As they face the Lions, the Cowboys will be looking to improve upon their 10-5 record. This has them positioned 2nd in the NFC-East and 5th in the NFC.

The Cowboys’ scoring margin for the season is currently +11. This has contributed to their ATS record of 9-6. The average over/under line for Dallas games this season is 45.5 points. Their over/under record stands at 8-7, with an average margin against the over/under of +3.6.

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  • Billy Price – Undisclosed (Questionable)
  • Leighton Vander Esch – Neck (Out)
  • Tyron Smith – Back (Questionable)
  • Johnathan Hankins – Ankle/knee (Questionable)
  • C.J. Goodwin – Pectoral (Out)
  • Sean McKeon – Ankle (Out)
  • Josh Ball – Hip (Out)
  • Trevon Diggs – Knee (Out)
  • Matt Waletzko – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • DeMarvion Overshown – Knee (Out)
  • Malik Hooker – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Rico Dowdle – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Hunter Luepke – Thigh (Questionable)
  • John Stephens Jr. – Knee (Out)
  • David Durden – Knee (Out)
  • Viliami Fehoko Jr. – Knee (Questionable)

Lions Offense Breakdown

So far this season, the Detroit offense has been averaging 27.5 points per game, ranking them 5th in the league.

Detroit is currently 9th in passing attempts and are averaging 7 yards per attempt (4). At 253 passing yards per game, they are 5th in the league.

Per attempt, the Lions are averaging 4.8 yards while carrying the ball an average of 29.7 times per contest. In terms of yardage, they are 3rd in the league.

Cowboys Offense Breakdown

The Cowboys come in with an average of 30.1 points per game which is 2nd in the NFL.

Heading into week 17, Dallas ranks 10th in passing attempts and is averaging 7 yards per attempt (4). With 251 passing yards per game, they hold the 6th spot in the league.

Dallas comes in with an average of 4.1 yards per rushing attempt and have an average of 27.9 attempts per game. In terms of total rushing yards, they are currently ranked 12th in the league.

Lions Team Defense

The Lions are currently 16th in tackles for loss and 14th in sacks on defense. Their opponents are scoring an average of 23.7 points per game and gaining 325.5 yards per contest against them.

Cowboys Team Defense

On the defensive front, the Cowboys enter the game as the 13th ranked team in tackles for loss and 9th in sacks. Their opponents are averaging 19.1 points per game against them, along with an average of 299.7 yards per contest.

Lions vs Cowboys Trends

  • The Lions are 3-2 ATS in their last road games and 3-2 straight-up.
  • Across the Cowboys last five home games, the team averaged 21 points per game while allowing 21. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Detroit has an ATS mark of 7-3 while going 6-4 straight up.
  • Through their last three games as the favorite, the Cowboys have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 3-0.

Lions vs Cowboys Prediction

For this Cowboys vs. Lions matchup, we see there being good value on grabbing a Lions team that is coming off both a straight-up and and ATS win. Look for the Lions to continue this momentum, making them a good pick at +6.

My choice for this matchup is the under, considering the over/under line at 53.5. Heading into this game, games featuring Detroit have seen an average combined score of 51.1 points, and I believe this game will remain under 53.5.

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