Week 16: Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys [Monday Night Football]

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Detroit Lions (9-5) @ Dallas Cowboys (12-2) 

The Detroit Lions will be fighting for their playoff lives as they travel to take on the NFC-leading Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World.

WHERE: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX.
KICKOFF: 8:30 p.m. EST

WEATHER: Dome

TV/RADIO: ESPN / News Talk 760 | WJR-AM

LINE: Dallas -6.5, Over/Under 44 (VegasInsider)

Injury Report

Dallas

Bryant, Dez

WR

Back

Questionable

Church, Barry

S

Forearm

Questionable

Leary, Ronald

G

Back

Questionable

Wilcox, J.J.

S

Thigh

Questionable

Lee, Sean

LB

Knee

Questionable

Smith, Tyron

T

Back

Questionable

Crawford, Jack

DE

Foot

Questionable

Crawford, Tyrone

DT

Shoulder

Doubtful

Durant, Justin

LB

Elbow

Out

Lawrence, Demarcus

DE

Back

Out

Thornton, Cedric

DT

Ankle

Out

Thomas, Josh

CB

Thumb

Non-Football Injury

Claiborne, Morris

CB

Sports Hernia

Out

McAdoo, Mike

DE

Undisclosed

Out

Colquhoun, Arjen

CB

Undisclosed

Out

Muamba, Henoc

LB

Undisclosed

Questionable

Morris, James

LB

Undisclosed

Out

Smith, Jared

G

Undisclosed

Questionable

Brown, Chris

WR

Foot

Out

Hanna, James

TE

Knee

PUP List

Detroit

Levy, DeAndre

LB

Knee

Questionable

Slay, Darius

CB

Hamstring

Doubtful

Swanson, Travis

C

Concussion

Out

Riddick, Theo

RB

Wrist

Doubtful

Rotheram, Matt

G

Biceps

Questionable

Caldwell, Andre

WR

Hand

Questionable

Gibson, Deonte

DE

Knee

Questionable

Three things to watch for: 

  • Pressure on Dak– Dak Prescott is not the NFL MVP. He shouldn’t even be in contention. He’s done just enough for the Cowboys and their ability to play to his strengths and hide his inconsistencies has been tremendous, but he’s still a rookie. If the Lions pass rush can somehow find a way to make Dak uncomfortable, he’s just like any other rookie quarterback. If they allow him time to gauge the field and make short throws and let him pick up first downs with his legs, it’s going to be a long day for the Lions defense.
  • Don’t let Zeke break the rushing record– Unlike Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott isn’t a fraud. He’s one of the two best running backs in the NFL, and I don’t have a lot of confidence in a Lions team that gave up 114 yards on the ground to a Giants team ranked 30th in the league in rushing. It will be up to front seven of the Lions to keep Zeke in front of them and prevent him from breaking out for huge runs. The tackling will have to be sure, and the swarming will have to be quick.
  • Can Stafford give the Cowboys the finger? – Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is still dealing with torn tendons and dislocation of his middle finger. Stafford struggled last week vs the Giants, but there is more reason for Lions fans to be hopeful Stafford can return to MVP former in a climate controlled stadium against a weaker secondary than they faced a week ago. Stafford has had some of his most memorable games against his hometown Dallas Cowboys, let’s hope he can add another great memory Monday night.