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Lions vs. Cowboys - 1/4/15 NFL Wild Card 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: 48.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys play Sunday in the NFL wild card matchup at AT&T Stadium.

The Detroit Lions have won four of their last five games and make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Matthew Stafford is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Stafford has four touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Lions have 54 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson have combined for more than 2,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Theo Riddick has seven receptions in his last two games. The Lions ground game is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, as Joique Bell leads the way with 860 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the Detroit Lions are allowing 17.6 points, 300.9 yards, and they’ve forced 42 sacks and 27 turnovers. DeAndre Levy leads Detroit with 150 tackles and Ezekiel Ansah has 7.5 sacks.

Lions vs. Cowboys - 1/4/15 NFL Wild Card Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Cowboys have won four straight and play in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Tony Romo is completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Romo has nine touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and the Cowboys have 54 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have combined for more than 2,000 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Cole Beasley has 12 receptions in his last three games. The Cowboys ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as DeMarco Murray leads the way with 1,845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, the Dallas Cowboys are allowing 22 points, 355.1 yards, and they’ve forced 28 sacks and 31 turnovers. Barry Church leads the Cowboys with 97 tackles and Jeremy Mincey has six sacks.

The Lions are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cowboys are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

I don't have a good feel for the spread, so I'm siding with the over in this spot. The over has hit in the last five meetings between these two teams and is 5-2-1 in the last eight Cowboys games. I look for this game to feature a ton of points and get us over the projected total. 

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Over 48.5

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