One of the great things about working at The Landry Hat, and the Fansided Sports Network, is our access to different experts. Since our network has a site for every NFL team, I’d thought I’d get an insider’s take on the upcoming Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions Sunday match-up from behind enemy lines.
Therefore, I present five questions with the Editor of The SideLion Report, Zac Snyder:
1. Are the Matthew Stafford injury concerns behind him?
ZS – I could say yes only to see him go down against the Cowboys or say no only to have him play all 16 games this year. The truth is that we won’t really know until we see it but there isn’t any reason to believe he can’t stay healthy at this point. The coaches, doctors and Stafford himself all expect a healthy year. There aren’t any underlying issues that would prevent him from staying healthy. The offensive line kept him pretty clean through two games but he was sacked five times last week so he has taken some hits already.
ZS – I’ll put it this way: there isn’t another receiver I would trade him for. Calvin and Stafford have developed a good chemistry between them despite limited time on the field together. When the Lions need a big play, Calvin is always there. He isn’t among the league leaders in catches or yards (yet) but he has had as big of an impact as any receiver in the league with his six touchdown. Two of those touchdown grabs came on fourth down plays. That’s big time.
3. Is the Detroit Lion’s greatest weakness it’s running game or it’s offensive line?
ZS – I’ll say it is their running game but as a result of poor run blocking. The Lions offensive line is usually one of the better units in terms of pass protection but they just haven’t been able to open up any running room for Jahvid Best.
4. Will first round pick Nick Fairley play this Sunday?
ZS – There were some reports suggesting the Lions might mix him in on a couple obvious passing downs but it remains to be seen if that actually happens. He practiced late last week but was held out when the team got back on the practice field this week. I’ll put the chances of him playing at less than 50%.
5. What’s your prediction for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions game?
ZS – I expect to see Tony Romo on the turf a lot, and probably with the look of pain on his face. I look for the Lions defense to force a few turnovers and if the offense can avoid giving it back they can leave 4-0. I’ll say the Lions win 27-20.