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The surging Dallas Cowboys find themselves in the underdog role, as they head to Detroit looking for their third straight win.

Detroit opened as 3-point favorites over the Cowboys. The Lions have lost two of three, including a 27-24 defeat at home to the Cincinnati Bengals. Detroit has covered the spread in four of their six games as a favorite this season.

Dallas is coming off an impressive defensive performance in a 17-3 road win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys have covered the spread in five of their last six games as underdogs.

The Lions and Cowboys last met in 2011, with Detroit winning 34-30 at Dallas.

Six of the past seven meetings played OVER the total and the OVER is 8-1 the past nine Detroit home games when favored, according to the NFL database here.

The Lions currently sport a record of 4-3, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-3 ATS. The Cowboys are 4-3 and 6-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Lions post a 4-3 over under record this season, while the Cowboys have gone 3-4 against the number.

View Dallas Cowboys vs Detroit Lions Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 51 at shops such as Sportsbook.ag.

The game pits the Lions, currently No. 18 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Cowboys, who rate No. 9 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 29-26 victory for the Cowboys.

Dallas won its last outing, a 17-3 result against the Eagles on October 20. The Cowboys covered in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 20 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Tony Romo led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 317 yards Sunday as the Cowboys downed the Eagles 17-3 at Lincoln Financial Field. In their last game, the Lions got 3 passing scores out of Matthew Stafford, but lost 27-24 to the Bengals on Sunday at Ford Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 26.57 PPG, against a Cowboys defense that ranks No. 16 this week at 22.14 PPG. The Lions aerial game is averaging 294.71 yards per game, more than the Cowboys secondary allows through the air, 291.86 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cowboys feature the league's No. 14-rated road run defense, allowing 103.33 yards per game. Detroit, meanwhile, ranks No. 16 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cowboys at Lions trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-11-1 SU in its last 17 games
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 5-15-1 SU in its last 21 games
Detroit is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games at home
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at Minnesota, Sunday, November 3rd
Detroit at Chicago, Sunday, November 10th