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Cowboys vs. Lions ‘Saturday Night Football’ game pick and open thread

It’s Monday Night Football... but do it on Saturday!

NFL: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Are you ready for Monday Night Football on Saturday?! Tonight’s game between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys should be a fun one for football fans. With the Lions currently sitting at 11-4 and the Cowboys at 10-5, the stakes are high as they battle it out on the field.

The game, which is set to kick off at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN/ABC, has generated a lot of buzz among football fans and has also attracted the attention of sports bettors, so let’s take a look at the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.

According to the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cowboys are favored with a spread of -5.5. This means that in order for a bet on the Cowboys to be successful, they’d need to win the game by a margin of 6 points or more. On the other hand, a bet on the Lions would be successful if they either win the game outright or lose by fewer than 6 points.

The over/under for the game is set at 52, which indicates the total number of points that the oddsmakers expect to be scored by both teams combined. Bettors can place wagers on whether they believe the actual total will be over or under this number.

The moneyline odds for the game are +205 for Detroit and -250 for Dallas. The plus sign indicates the potential profit from a successful $100 bet on the Lions, while the minus sign indicates the amount that would need to be wagered on the Cowboys to potentially win $100. These odds provide insight into the perceived likelihood of each team winning the game.


The Lions are coming off a thrilling 30-24 win against the Minnesota Vikings, a victory that secured their playoff berth and NFC North division title. This accomplishment holds significant historical importance, as it marks the Lions’ first NFC North title since the division’s establishment in 2002 and their first division title since 1993. The team’s strong performance throughout the season has been anchored by a potent rushing attack, bolstered by running backs David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs. With the third-best rushing attack in the league (2,116 yards and 24 touchdowns) the Lions will look to capitalize on their ground game against the Cowboys’ defense, which has shown vulnerability against the run.

On the other side of the field, the Cowboys are looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak against AFC East opponents. With their eyes set on maintaining pace with the Philadelphia Eagles in their division, the Cowboys all but have to win this game against the Lions. Quarterback Dak Prescott has been a standout performer for the Cowboys, ranking fifth in passing yards and leading the league in passing touchdowns (30). His connection with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has been a highlight of the season, yielding impressive statistics and electrifying plays.

The Lions’ ability to dominate the ground game will likely pose a significant challenge for the Cowboys’ defense and ultimately tip the scales in the Lions’ favor. This game has all the makings of a thrilling matchup that will set the stage for the slate of New Year’s Eve football games to come. With the over/under set at 52, there are expectations for an offensive showcase in this game.

I’m going with the over and a Lions win with a score of 38-30.


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