Cowboys at Lions: 3 ways Dallas can get a win in Detroit

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a tough loss against the Vikings. They now line up against the Lions. Here are three keys to them winning in Detroit.

As of right now, the Dallas Cowboys are tied for first in the division with the Philadelphia Eagles. They both have a record of 5-4, but Dallas is 4-0 against the NFC East. This Sunday Dallas is in Detroit to play the Lions.

A win this weekend is crucial to ensure the Cowboys remain in the lead of the division. The Lions do have a record of 3-5-1, but should not be underestimated. What are three keys the Cowboys should keep in mind to ensure they win this weekend?

#1 – The offense must dominate

The matchup of Dallas’ offense up against Detroit’s defense is very favorable. This is because the Cowboys have amongst the league’s best offenses and the Lions have amongst the league’s worst defenses.

The Cowboys offense ranks first in total yards per game, third in passing yards per game, and fifth in rushing yards per game. The Lions defense, on the other hand, ranks 30th in total yards against, 28th in passing yards against, and 26th in rushing yards against.

This is a great opportunity for Dallas’ offense to explode and gain momentum that would hopefully carry over throughout the rest of the season. If Dallas can maintain possession of the ball this will keep the defense rested and well you can’t score if you don’t have the ball.

Keeping possession of the ball would mean linebacker Leighton Vander Esch gets fewer snaps, limiting his chances of reaggravating his neck injury. He looked great last week, but ensuring he is healthy long term is a priority. Just because he is playing, doesn’t mean he is at 100 percent.

A high scoring game for the Cowboys this Sunday is expected. Detroit gave up 30+ points to the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. I don’t see why Dallas can’t be the fourth team to do it this season.

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