Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys - 1/4/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Lions (11-5) at Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -7 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Cowboys look to keep rolling as the NFC East champions and Conference third seed host the Detroit Lions at Jerry's World on Sunday.
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The Detroit Lions caught a huge break this week as they learned that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's suspension was overturned and that he will be eligible to play on Sunday against the Cowboys. Suh has had a long history of “dirty play” and has been fined and suspended for it so it came as a bit of a surprise that the decision was reversed and incensed a number of people both in the Dallas organization and beyond. The Lions head into Dallas looking for their first playoff win in over 20 years and they'll need a spectacular effort from the entire team if they're going to get it as the Cowboys are rolling right now and look like a serious threat to dethrone the Seahawks as Super Bowl champions. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have yet to find success in the playoffs but they head into Dallas having won four of their last five games and will be itching to send Romo and the Cowboys home prematurely once again. Golden Tate has had a spectacular season through the air and with both Suh and Nick Fairley expected to play the Lions could be able to generate pressure off the edge and disrupt the passing rhythm of Romo and the Cowboys.
Dallas has had a memorable season and things could continue to get better if they can find success in the playoffs and they get their first chance at it on Sunday at home against Detroit. The Cowboys have been a treat to watch this year as many expected they would fall well short of potential and be a .500 team at best but the emergence of one of the best offensive lines in football, the continued progression of Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray, and Tony Romo showing he is an elite quarterback has the Cowboys looking fine and set for a long playoff push. The Cowboys defense has also played well this season and that is without Sean Lee who is out for the season but the renaissance of Rolando McClain and an underrated defensive line has them competing with the best and they'll look to shut down Megatron, Tate, and the potent Detroit offense. This game is going to be very interesting and is one I am most looking forward to and while the Lions can put up points with the best of them I think Dallas is the better team here and I think they will be able to move the ball early and often. While this game could be close for the majority of the game I think Dez will get the best of Calvin and in the end I can see the Cowboys walking away with a double digit win.