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Saturday Night Football: Can the Lions stay in the hunt for the 1 seed in the NFC?

Detroit is tied with the Eagles and 49ers at 11-4 in the NFC and fully in contention for the top playoff spot

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions are headed to AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys, in a Saturday night matchup. Both teams have already clinched a playoff position, however Dallas finds themselves only a game back from the struggling Philadelphia Eagles and still have a chance to win the NFC East. Meanwhile the Lions, 49ers and Eagles all sit at 11-4 with a chance at the number one seed in the NFC.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cowboys are currently favored over the Lions in this one. We have been using Tallysight to get our picks in each week, so sign up at Tallysight for submitting your own bets.

The Cowboys have faired much better at home, with a perfect 7-0 record, than on the road where they sit at 3-5. Since this game will be in Dallas, that would normally push me towards taking the Cowboys, however the Lions have been a formidable road team themselves, with a 6-2 record away from Detroit.

This game is a toss up, as both teams are playing well this season, however I just trust the Lions and Jared Goff more. Detroit, in my opinion, have more quality wins than Dallas, who did not beat a team with a winning record through the first 12 weeks of the season, and are coming off back-to-back losses to the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

That’s not to discredit the Cowboys’ 10-5 record, however, I just think the Lions are a very physical, smash-mouth type team, and in the past Dallas has struggled with matchups like this (see the 42-10 beatdown at the hands of the 49ers for example). Detroit is also coming in on a two-game win streak, giving them some extra momentum heading into Saturday night.

The Cowboys just do not look like the same team playing contenders, which is why I am taking Detroit in this game to cover the spread and get the victory. With these two teams both having high-powered offenses, I am also taking the over in this one.