3. Lions can’t stop the run or the pass
Before the New England Patriots hung a goose egg on them, the Lions were putting up a ton of points on offense. They were averaging 35 points in their first four games. The problem is, they were giving up 35.25 points per game, which led to their poor record.
Detroit’s also not discriminating against any style of play. It doesn’t matter if the opposing team wants to throw the ball or run it, the Lions have had no interest in stopping anyone. They’re dead last in yards given up on the ground and 26th in yards surrendered through the air. That, unsurprisingly, leads to them being the worst defense in the league in terms of yardage and points.
Enter the Cowboys, who have been decent on offense but have the capability to really take off if things start to click. Facing a porous run defense, they should be able to get both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard rolling on the ground. If that does happen, not only can they dictate the pace of the game, but it will also open up the play-action pass.
In Week 6, Dallas was slowed by a stingy Philadelphia defense. This one, however, has the makings of a bounce-back game for this offense.