NFL Playoff Betting: NFC Playoffs – Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys

NFL Playoff Betting- NFC Playoffs – Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys

NFL Playoff Betting: NFC Playoffs – Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys

Site: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX

Date/Time: Sunday, January 4 – 4:40 PM ET

TV Coverage: Fox Network

NFL football betting odds at BetAnySports USA Online & Live Betting Sportsbook

NFL Playoff Betting Pointspread: Dallas -6

Total: 48 points

Much has been made of the Detroit Lions and their inability to win playoff games, as this NFC wild-card game approaches. The last time Detroit won in the post-season was 1992, and Jimmy Johnson was the coach of the up-and-coming Cowboys. So that was a long time ago. Detroit has kind of reversed field this season, as opposed to the last few years, in that now it is a team known more for its defense than its offense. Not that there aren’t some very potent weapons for them to access; indeed, Calvin Johnson, widely considered one of the two or three best wide receivers in the game, had 329 yards against Dallas last season. And he has been joined by Golden Tate, who snared 99 passes. Yes, that is indeed a potent 1-2 punch. And Matthew Stafford is one of those quarterbacks who makes fantasy owners very happy because he piles up a lot of stats.

But BetAnySports customers might be interested to know that in 16 career games on the road against teams with winning records, Stafford has yet to come up with a victory. That’s rather astonishing, especially if you were inclined to back the Lions in NFL playoff betting.

In terms of the NFL betting matchup itself, it would appear as if Detroit’s defense is capable of doing some things to thwart what the Cowboys do best on offense. For example, we know that Dallas is going to try to establish DeMarco Murray. It’s what they have done all season, and Murray won the NFL rushing title with 1845 yards this season. But the Lions are the NFL’s best when it comes to defending the run, surrendering a very stingy 3.2 yards per carry and just 69 yards per game. We don’t know if the Cowboys would abandon their rushing attack if Detroit shut it down, because that might make Tony Romo very vulnerable in the pocket. In the past, opposing defenses have been able to concentrate on the pass rush because they knew he was going to throw. But now, with Murray such a dominant back, teams just can’t come in blitzing indiscriminately. Romo has enjoyed one of his best years, completing just a shade under 70% of his passes with 34 touchdowns. Dez Bryant received All-Pro honors, as he should have, with 16 touchdown catches and 1320 yards.

This truly looks like a game where it is strength against strength. But NFL bettors at BetAnySports NFL Sportsbooks have to really take a long look at the difficulties of the Lions on the road. We already spoke about Stafford, but this team averaged only 14.6 points when it was the visitor. And when it comes to converting yards to points, the Lions are ranked only 25th in the league. That doesn’t denote a lot of efficiency. A quick note about the defensive line – Ndamukong Suh, who was given a one-game suspension stemming from last week’s incident in which he stepped on Aaron Rodgers’ leg, made an appeal in the middle of the week and got his suspension reduced to a fine, so he will be in the lineup. The same cannot be said for Nick Fairley, his partner at defensive tackle, who is doubtful with a knee injury.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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