SLR Predictions: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys


Mike Olsen: The Lions roar into Dallas for a week 4 matchup, that promises to be the stiffest challenge to date. Last week was the tale of two halves, as Detroit mounted a second half comeback against the Vikings. If the Lions come out flat against Dallas, however, there will be no opportunity for redemption, as this is a much better team than the Minnesota. Dallas was able to jump start their running game last week, which will be an integral part of any team’s success against Detroit. The Dallas defense has improved each week, and is the biggest challenge that the Lion offense will face thus far. If Romo stays in the game, scores will come easier for Dallas than they will for Detroit, and the Cowboys should be able to outlast the streaking Lions. Considering the strength of the Lion defense is the aggressive pass rush, however, there is a good chance that Romo will be unable to finish this game, and Detroit will steal another victory. Lions 17, Cowboys 14

Marty Medvedik: The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t score a touchdown against the Redskins last week. Tony Romo was harassed all day by a defense not nearly as good as the Detroit Lions. Matt Stafford will ready to show the hometown folks some fireworks. The Lions are a better team than the Cowboys and they know that most of the country will be watching this game. They will use this experience as a springboard for next weeks visit from Monday Night Football. The Lions are sky high right now and the Cowboys aren’t going to be the ones to bring them back to earth. The Lions win 30-14.

Nate VanNorwick: The Detroit Lions visit the Dallas Cowboys this weekend hoping to run their streak to 4-0. Both teams will try avoid let downs after their emotional wins the previous week, but the Cowboy’s came away from their victory still fighting the injury bug, with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant hurting and limited in practice. I can’t believe that the Lions offensive line will plays as badly as last week, but someone must help the tackles against DeMarcus Ware and Dominic Raiola must be sharp with his reads to counter the complicated defenses that Rob Ryan will throw at them. On the defensive side of the ball the key will be to keep Romo in the pocket so he doesn’t hurt you scrambling. Given the overall quality of the Lion’s D line I see this as feasible, and believe that the Lions will walk away with a victory. Detroit Lions 23, Dallas Cowboys 20

Ross Husson: I’m going to go with the Lions again. I need to see a defense stop Matthew Stafford and the offense before I can pick against the Lions. The Cowboy defense ranks in the middle of the pack in defending the pass. They’ve played teams (Jets, 9ers, ‘Skins) that don’t have much of a passing game compared to the Lions. It won’t help that injured Tony Romo and the rest of the ‘Boys are coming off a short week. I may sound like a “homer” but I need to see a team stop the explosive Detroit offense before I’ll pick against them. Lions win, 30-20.

Zac Snyder: I expect to see Tony Romo on the turf a lot, and probably with the look of pain on his face. I look for the Lions defense to force a few turnovers and if the offense can avoid giving it back they can leave 4-0. I’ll say the Lions win 27-20.

Chris Czar: The streak finally comes to an end. The Lions finally lose, for the first time since last December. A truly remarkable achievement when you think of where this team was. The Lions will keep it close, but mental mistakes and poor protection for Matt Stafford will do them in. Stafford gets sacked five times and throws a couple of picks, but Calvin does continues his two TD streak. In the end, the Lions come up just a bit short, but can hang their heads high heading into their first Monday Night game in a decade. Cowboys 24, Lions 17

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