NFL Week 7 Betting Preview: Detroit Lions At Dallas Cowboys

Written By Brett Gibbons on October 21, 2022
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The Detroit Lions (1-4) visit the Dallas Cowboys (4-2) on Sunday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. EST from AT&T Stadium and will be broadcast on CBS. The Cowboys are favorites and the Lions, coming off a bye, are on the moneyline. Lions Cowboys odds feature an over/under set at .

In this article we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, and the best available odds.

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Lions At Cowboys Betting News & Angles

Cowboys Vs. Lions Injury Report

Dallas Injuries

Dalton SchultzTEKneeQuestionable
Dak PrescottQBThumbQuestionable

Detroit Injuries

No significant injuries coming off the bye week; however, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Tommy Kraemer are on Injured Reserve, as is rookie WR Jameson Williams with LB Romeo Okwara on the PUP list.

Cowboys Offense Vs. Lions Defense

Cowboys OffenseStats (Rank)Lions Defense
18.3 (23)Points/Gm34.0 (32)
0.3 (16)Points/Play0.5 (31)
300.8 (27)Yards/Gm428.6 (32)
182.0 (27)Pass Yards/Gm261.0 (26)
118.8 (16)Rush Yards/Gm167.6 (32)
5.0 (23)Yards/Play6.5 (32)
5.9 (26)Yards/Pass7.7 (29)
4.3 (19)Yards/Rush5.5 (30)
32.1% (29)3rd Down %50.0% (32)
50.0% (20)Red Zone %68.4% (27)
5 (2)Turnovers4 (28)
9 (3)Sacks7 (32)

Lions Offense Vs. Cowboys Defense

Lions OffenseStats (Rank)Cowboys Defense
28.0 (3)Points/Gm16.3 (3)
0.4 (3)Points/Play0.2 (1)
411.8 (2)Yards/Gm304.2 (8)
260.4 (7)Pass Yards/Gm183.5 (4)
151.4 (8)Rush Yards/Gm120.7 (19)
6.2 (2)Yards/Play4.6 (3)
7.0 (8)Yards/Pass5.2 (3)
5.4 (2)Yards/Rush4.4 (15)
36.9% (23)3rd Down %35.2% (8)
75.0% (3)Red Zone %46.2% (6)
6 (7)Turnovers7 (17)
7 (1)Sacks24 (1)

Lions At Cowboys Betting Insights

Why The Cowboys Can Cover The Spread

Dak Prescott should be back for the Cowboys. It’s an opportune time for his return as the gold rush that was Cooper Rush was drying up. While the Lions bring to town one of the NFL’s most exciting offenses, they were completely shutdown against a good defense in the Patriots before their bye. Dallas has the defensive personnel to shut the Detroit offense down once again.

A square seven points is a steep spread to cover, but if the Lions offense isn’t humming, their defense isn’t keeping them in this ballgame. Should for whatever reason this number comes off seven in favor of the Lions, the outlook on the Cowboys to cover is a lot more exciting.

Why The Lions Can Cover The Spread

We’ve seen what appendage injuries can do to a QB on their throwing hand. Last year, Russell Wilson wasn’t the same player as he battled through a fracture on his throwing hand and that’s a similar injury to what Prescott suffered in Week 1. Is an injured Prescott an upgrade over Rush? Who’s to say.

Scoring on the Cowboys’ defense is very difficult, but not impossible. In Week 6, the Philadelphia Eagles put out clinic tape on how to remove game wrecker Micah Parsons from the game plan: isolate him in read plays and force him to make a choice. While the Lions don’t have the same personnel to run the exact plays– namely having Jared Goff instead of the rushing threat of Jalen Hurts– they could run creative variations on the same scheme.

Amon-Ra St. Brown should be back for Detroit this week. He’s an instrumental piece to the offense and could be a primary cog in a choice and option-based offense. D’Andre Swift is also expected to return after missing a few games.

The other way: Hope the Cowboys defense has an off week and get into a shootout.

Reasons To Bet The Over

The Detroit Lions have given up more points this season than anyone else in the NFL and they were on a bye last week while much of the rest of the NFL played games. While the Cowboys’ offense has slowed under Rush, the Lions will provide little resistance and likely give up points.

On the flip side, they field one of the NFL’s most potent offenses. They became the first team in the NFL to both score and give up the most total points through five weeks before being shutout and facing their bye. Games involving Detroit have gone over their point total in four of five games, with the lone game being that shutout loss to the Patriots.

points isn’t the most unachievable mark for these offenses to hit.

Reasons To Bet The Under

All of that said, the Cowboys have the defensive personnel to put the brakes on the Lions’ offense. The Detroit offensive line doesn’t give up many sacks, but they did give up two to New England’s Matthew Judon in Week 5. Parsons is a player that could wreck a perfectly good offensive line and cause just as many issues as Judon, if not more.

We’re also seeing three players return from injury that are both instrumental in their offenses’ success. If Prescott, St. Brown, and Swift aren’t playing at 100% (or don’t play at all), then these offenses are going to struggle.

The Cowboys aren’t a very efficient offense with or without Prescott and their defense is too good to allow a ton of points to the Lions.

Lions At Cowboys Props: Matchups To Watch For

Micah Parsons Vs. Lions Offensive Line: The Lions have the lowest adjusted sack rate in the NFL, per Football Outsiders (3.3%). The unit went into this year as one of the best in the NFL and that’s held true so far. They’re leading the Lions to the second-best yards per rush and keeping Goff almost completely clean. But they did allow two sacks to Judon in Week 5. Parsons is a one-man wrecking crew for Dallas and will be disruptive no matter how good the OL is.

CeeDee Lamb Vs. Lions Secondary: In their first game, Lamb was taken entirely out of the equation and sent panic in the heart of many fantasy football managers. With Rush at QB, he averaged 6.2 receptions per game for 76 yards and pulled in two touchdowns. With Prescott returning, do Lamb’s targets go up or down? Last season, he only had 4.9 receptions per game but at a healthy 9.2 yards per target. The Lions are also giving up the seventh-most yards to receivers this season.

Final Thoughts

The Lions have been one of the best and most exciting teams to bet on over the last two seasons, posting a 14-8 ATS record. But trends can be dangerous and every game should be evaluated individually.

The Cowboys are third in the NFL in yards per play allowed (4.6) against a crop of offenses that includes the Eagles, Bengals, and Buccaneers. While the Lions’ offensive line is a very good unit, they don’t have the skill personnel to run the offense we saw Philadelphia run and remove Parsons from the equation.

The biggest concern is the Lions’ run defense, or lack thereof. They’re 30th in the NFL in yards per rush allowed and 31st in rush EPA allowed, which opens the door for a big day on the ground for Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys are 25-4 when Elliott rushes for 100 or more yards, though he hasn’t hit that mark in over a full calendar year.

This game, I’ll be looking to cash on over Elliott rushing props and under various Lions’ offensive player props.

Best of luck betting Lions Cowboys odds.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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