Darin Ackerman – Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys is a face-off between two teams with very similar profiles: a heavy passing attack on offense and a secondary that gives up big plays on defense. Expect Dez Bryant to have a huge day with over 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown, though Calvin should have no problem matching those totals. The Cowboys rushing attack is weak, so Detroit should be able to employ more Cover 2 shell in an attempt to limit the splash plays. If Ansah and Young don’t step up their game, however, the Lions will have to try and keep up with a team that’s averaging 28.6 points per game, good enough for third best in the league. On offense, the Lions would be wise to try and pound out the run game to see if they can get into a rhythm. Doing so will keep the Boys’ potent offense off the field and open up the vertical passing game. In the end, poor play by the Lions’ secondary makes the difference. Dallas 31, Detroit 27
Ronny Hurd – One could only wonder what Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are capable of doing against a Lions secondary that struggled in last weeks game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams have high caliber offenses, so you can expect to see a shootout. I do, however, see one of these defenses dictating the outcome of this game. Being that the Lions defense is healthier than the Cowboys defense, I give the Lions the edge at winning this game, 27-20.
Aaron Meckes – Detroit responds to last week’s heartbreaker with a stellar performance in the ground game, with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell each recording a touchdown. The Lions secondary gets torched by Tony Romo as the Cowboys steal one at Ford Field. Cowboys win in on a late touchdown, 35-28.