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Cowboys battle Lions in Week 4 odds

Five of the past six meetings between the Cowboys and Lions have gone UNDER the total, but this is a rare occasion where the Lions have a chance to win.

Detroit was crushed here in 2010, but comes in riding a 7-0-1 ATS mark in its past 8 games overall - a rare positive streak from one of the league's doormats in recent years.

Dallas meanwhile crept past Washington in the Week 3 Monday Nighter and Tony Romo's sore ribs bear watching again this week after the opening lines are posted.

Of note, Dallas is 14-2 favoring the OVER in their past 16 games. And anyone who watched Tony Romo drop numerous snaps last week, you can bet on how many will happen against the Lions (the over under is 1.5 at Bovada where their mammoth bonus special expires this weekend).

View Detroit vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cowboys sit at No. 2 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Lions are at No. 6 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lions will win this game 42-24.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 23 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 3 this week at 15.3 PPG. The Cowboys aerial game is averaging 334.3 yards per game, more than the Lions secondary allows through the air, 188 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Lions own the league's No. 9-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 94 yards per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 11 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 26-23 winner as they battled the Vikings on the road. The Lions earned a push in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 49 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Matthew Stafford throttled the Vikings defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 378 yards and 2 scores as Detroit handed Minnesota a 26-23 defeat.

In their last action, Dallas was a 18-16 winner at home against the Redskins. They failed to cover the 3.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (34) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Felix Jones ran through the Washington defense for 115 yards in Dallas's last game, handing the Redskins a 18-16 setback on Monday at Cowboys Stadium.

Detroit Lions Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 5-5

Dallas Cowboys Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 3-7

A few Lions at Cowboys trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Dallas's last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Dallas's last 16 games
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Chicago, Monday, October 10
Dallas at New England, Sunday, October 16

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