Cowboys vs Lions Week 7: history, key players, projection

Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Week 7 of the NFL year is upon us and this one has a little extra juice to it. Well, for the Dallas Cowboys that is. It appears that all signs are pointing to the return of franchise quarterback Dak Prescott after thumb surgery.

First, kudos belong to Cooper Rush. He held it down going 4-1 and playing smart football, for the most part, but as a backup, he did well. He deserves a beer from any Cowboys fans in the future for keeping the 2022 season alive.

They won those games. But not because of Rush. There is no question, no debate, and no argument this is a better team with Prescott at the helm. It’s just a non-discussion, really. The ‘Boys are a contender with Dak and the internal fanbase debates about that that is just denying the blatantly obvious. Dak makes this team go and it’s really just a choice to get behind it or not.

Coming to town is the Detroit Lions. At 1-4, they just aren’t a very good football team. They don’t stop anyone all too well and just got shut out by the Patriots. I know Dan Campbell is all about “biting kneecaps” and his tough guy mantra, but that’s all it is. That stuff works and is fun when you are winning. It runs dry rather quickly when you lose games. At the end of the day, he coaches a 1-4 team showing little signs of improvement.

Cowboys vs Lions: History, key matchups, and prediction

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Cowboys vs Lions: Matchup History

All-time Record: 17-12 in favor of the Dallas Cowboys (2-1 postseason record in favor of the Cowboys)

Most recent result: Dallas Cowboys 35, Detroit Lions 27 on November 17, 2019

In the last 12 meetings, the Cowboys are 9-3 and have won the last four. Truth be told, Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have absolutely destroyed the Lions in their careers. In three games, Dak has thrown for 911 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. Elliott has run for 277 yards and three touchdowns.

The 2015 matchup came in the playoffs which saw the Cowboys win on what many called a controversial no-call on a pass interference that ultimately turned out to be the correct call. If anything, it was offensive pass interference as the Lions’ tight end was grabbing the defender’s face mask the entire route. That extended the Lions’ futility in the playoffs which will enter a three-decade drought of 30 seasons without a playoff victory after this season.