Cowboys vs Lions Prediction: Week 17 Picks, Live Odds & Start Time – December 30, 2023

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AT&T Stadium is where the Detroit Lions (11-4) will do battle with the Dallas Cowboys (10-5) on Saturday, December 30, 2023.

Cowboys vs. Lions Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Cowboys as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Cowboys have -230 odds to pick up the win, while the Lions are listed at +190 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 53 points.

Game Info

How to Watch Cowboys vs. Lions Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 30, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:15 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ABC
  • Location: Arlington, Texas
  • Stadium: AT&T Stadium

Betting Preview

Cowboys

From an offensive standpoint, the Cowboys rank sixth in the NFL with 366.2 yards per game. Meanwhile, they rank sixth in total defense (299.7 yards allowed per contest). The Cowboys have been thriving on both offense and defense, ranking second-best in scoring offense (30.1 points per game) and fifth-best in scoring defense (19.1 points allowed per game).

The Cowboys rank sixth in passing yards this year (251 per game), but they’ve been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking fifth-best in the NFL with 184 passing yards allowed per game. The Cowboys are totaling 115.2 rushing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 12th in the NFL. On the defensive side of the ball, they rank 19th, surrendering 115.7 rushing yards per game.

The Cowboys sport the 19th-ranked defense this year in terms of third-down efficiency (38.8% third-down percentage allowed), and they’ve been more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking third-best with a 47.6% third-down percentage. This season, the Cowboys are putting up 5.5 yards per play (seventh in the league), while surrendering 5 per play on the defensive side of the ball (eighth in the NFL). With 21 forced turnovers (17th in NFL) against 13 turnovers committed (first in NFL), the Cowboys’ +8 turnover margin is the fourth-best in the NFL.

Lions

The Lions’ offensive attack has been leading the way for the team, as they rank third-best in the NFL with 394.1 total yards per game. In terms of defense, they are giving up 325.5 total yards per game, which ranks 15th. The Lions’ offense has been paving the way for the team, as they rank fifth-best in the NFL with 27.5 points per game. In terms of defense, they are giving up 23.7 points per game, which ranks 24th.

The Lions’ pass defense ranks 23rd in the NFL with 234.9 passing yards surrendered per contest, but they’ve been carried by their offense, which ranks fifth-best by posting 253 passing yards per game. In terms of rushing, the Lions have dominated on both sides of the ball this season, ranking third-best in rushing yards per game (141.1) and fourth-best in rushing yards surrendered per game (90.6).

With a 43.6% third-down conversion rate on offense, the Lions rank seventh in the NFL. Defensively, they rank 13th, giving up a 37.7% third-down rate. The Lions’ defense ranks 21st in the NFL with 5.4 yards surrendered per play, but they’ve been carried by their offense, which ranks third-best by accumulating 5.8 yards per play. The Lions have registered 19 forced turnovers (21st in NFL) and committed 21 turnovers (18th in NFL) this season for a -2 turnover margin that ranks 19th in the NFL.

Cowboys vs. Lions Injury Report

Cowboys

Player Pos. Injury Status
Trey Lance QB Gameday inactive Out
Johnathan Hankins DT Ankle Out
Noah Igbinoghene CB Gameday inactive Out
Tyron Smith OT Back Probable
Rico Dowdle RB Ankle Out
Matt Waletzko OT Gameday inactive Out
Eric Scott Jr. CB Gameday inactive Out

Lions

Player Pos. Injury Status
Cameron Sutton CB Toe Probable
James Houston IV LB Ankle Questionable
Brock Wright TE Hip Out
Julian Okwara LB Gameday inactive Out
Hendon Hooker QB Gameday inactive Out
Antoine Green WR Gameday inactive Out
Steven Gilmore CB Gameday inactive Out

Cowboys vs. Lions Betting Analysis

Cowboys Betting Insights

The Cowboys have put together a 9-6-0 record against the spread this season. In games they were favored in by 5 points or more so far this season, the Cowboys went 6-2 against the spread.

Cowboys games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under eight times this season.

Lions Betting Insights

The Lions are 10-5-0 against the spread this year.

Games involving Lions have hit the over 10 times this season. The Lions have split the two games they’ve played as underdogs this season.

The Lions have not entered a game this season with longer moneyline odds than +190.

Cowboys vs. Lions Against The Spread & Betting Records

Cowboys

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 45.6 44.7 46.3
Implied Team Total AVG 26.4 27.3 25.6
ATS Record 9-6-0 6-1-0 3-5-0
Over/Under Record 8-6-1 5-2-0 3-4-1
Moneyline Favorite Record 10-1 7-0 3-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-4 0-0 0-4

Lions

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 46.8 46.9 46.7
Implied Team Total AVG 25.7 26.7 24.9
ATS Record 10-5-0 4-3-0 6-2-0
Over/Under Record 10-5-0 5-2-0 5-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 10-3 5-2 5-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-1 0-0 1-1

Players to Watch

Cowboys

  • Dak Prescott has 3,892 passing yards (fifth in the NFL), 30 touchdowns (first in the NFL) and seven interceptions this year. He has completed 68.4% of his attempts, averaging 259.5 yards per game and 7.5 per attempt.
  • He has also rushed for 237 yards (third on the Cowboys) and added two touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 15.8 rushing yards per game.
  • CeeDee Lamb’s 1,424 receiving yards this season (second in the NFL) have come from 151 targets and 109 receptions (first in the NFL). He’s averaging 94.9 receiving yards and 7.3 catches per game, with nine receiving touchdowns (fourth in the NFL).
  • Tony Pollard’s output on the ground this season includes 886 yards (eighth in the NFL) and five TDs. He is averaging 59.1 yards per game and 4 per attempt (21st in the NFL).
  • Pollard has gotten 62 targets in the passing game and has 52 catches (3.5 per game) for 295 yards (19.7 per game) and zero TDs.
  • Brandin Cooks averages 3.1 receptions and 39.9 yards per game, and has 558 total receiving yards and 43 catches. He’s gotten 65 total targets, and has caught six touchdown passes.
  • On the defensive side for the Cowboys, Micah Parsons has put up 53 tackles, 15 TFL, and 13 sacks in 2023.
  • Daron Bland has 62 tackles, three TFL, and eight interceptions this season.
  • Damone Clark has recorded 99 tackles and four TFL this year. He leads the Cowboys in tackles.
  • This season, Markquese Ball has 82 tackles and two TFL.

Lions

  • Jared Goff is averaging 7.4 passing yards per attempt (eighth in the NFL) and 265.6 yards per game this year, completing 67.7% of his passes on the way to 3,984 total yards (third in the NFL), 27 touchdowns (third in the NFL) and 10 interceptions through 15 games.
  • On the ground, Goff has added two rushing touchdowns and 21 rushing yards (sixth on the Lions).
  • Jahmyr Gibbs averages 67.1 rushing yards per game over 13 games (872 total yards), while scoring nine rushing touchdowns.
  • Gibbs has also picked up 316 receiving yards (24.3 per game) on 51 catches (3.9 per game). He’s been targeted 67 times and has caught one touchdown pass.
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown has recorded 1,281 receiving yards (fifth in the NFL) and eight touchdowns (seventh in the NFL) on 106 receptions (third in the NFL), while being targeted 146 times on the season.
  • David Montgomery has scored 11 touchdowns on the ground, while running for 910 total yards (4.7 per attempt and 75.8 per game).
  • In 2023, Alex Anzalone has recorded 112 tackles, six TFL, and three sacks over 14 games.
  • Aidan Hutchinson has 6.5 sacks (first on the Lions) to go with seven TFL, 42 tackles, and one interception.
  • In the 2023 campaign, Brian Branch has 69 tackles, seven TFL, one sack, and three interceptions through 13 games.
  • Kerby Joseph’s season stats include 69 tackles, one TFL, and four interceptions through 13 games. He is third on the Lions in tackles.

Cowboys vs. Lions Predictions and Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is the Cowboys, and we predict that Cowboys will cover the spread (Cowboys -5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 53 points.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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