Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Cowboys

The Detroit News
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Justin Rogers, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Monday night’s Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game (8:30 p.m., Channel 7, ESPN).

Justin Rogers: It's tough to figure out how the Cowboys are going to approach this game. They say they're planning on going all out to win, even though they've clinched the top seed in the NFC, but some significant injuries to quarterbacks around the NFL this weekend could give them pause. The Lions have more to play for, but aren't the better team. If the Cowboys take this game seriously, it will be tough to escape with a victory. Cowboys 24, Lions 17

James Hawkins: The road to the playoffs hit a bump last week and could get even rockier as the Lions travel to AT&T Stadium, where no visiting team has won since Week 1. If Detroit is going to have a chance, it’ll need to contain RB Ezekiel Elliott and get its own ground game going, something no Dallas opponent has done with much success. Cowboys 23, Lions 17

John Niyo: I'm not sure how the Lions keep the Cowboys under 20 points, unless Dallas decides to treat this game like an exhibition. And after seeing all those other playoff teams lose key starters to injuries Saturday, I'm not sure the Cowboys won't, despite what they've said. So I'm changing my pick. Lions 24, Cowboys 21

Bob Wojnowski: The Lions have a shot here, the numbers notwithstanding. They have a deep well of motivation and another week for Matthew Stafford to get comfortable with his glove. As good as Dak Prescott is, the Cowboys prefer to beat you with their other rookie sensation, Ezekiel Elliott. If the Lions hold Elliott under 100 yards – good luck! – they could pull it out. Cowboys 20, Lions 16


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