What are the chances the Lions end their road losing streak this Sunday against the Cowboys? According to the ESPN panel of experts it is zero.
All eight ESPN personalities are picking the Cowboys to beat the Lions. The Cowboys-Lions matchup is just one of seven that the panel agrees upon unanimously.
Accuscore runs 10,000 game simulations to predict the outcome of each game. Here is what they had to say about the Lions’ chances in Dallas:
The Dallas Cowboys are a solid favorite with a 68% chance to beat the Detroit Lions. Felix Jones is projected for 76 rushing yards and a 40% chance of having at least 1 rushing TD. In the 32% of simulations where Detroit Lions wins, Shaun Hill averages 1.7 TD passes vs 0.46 interceptions, while in losses he has a ratio of 1.16 TDs to 0.88 interceptions. Jahvid Best averages 51 rushing yards and 0.43 rushing TDs when Detroit Lions wins and 31 yards and 0.17 TDs in losses. The Dallas Cowboys has a 54% chance of forcing more turnovers than they commit. Positive turnover margin helps them win 85% of the time. SPREADS / TOTALS: Current Point Spread is DAL -6.5 — Over/Under line is 47
Finally, someone(thing) that gives the Lions a chance. The folks at EA Sports played this game out in Madden 11 and found some favorable results for fans in Detroit.
The Cowboys looked like a completely different team last week against the G-Men. But would they maintain their winning ways against Detroit? According to “Madden,” the answer doesn’t look like a “yes” for Cowboy fans as the simulation shows them losing 23-17. Shaun Hill’s 307 yards passing and two touchdowns lead the way for the Lions.
Player of the Game: Shaun Hill