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Lions vs. Cowboys: Odds, spread, and wild card betting preview

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The Lions are 7-point underdogs at the Cowboys for Sunday's NFC Wild Card game.

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The Detroit Lions are just 3-7 SU and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games away from home. The Lions will try to earn a road win this Sunday on Wild Card Weekend as they take on the Dallas Cowboys at 4:40 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium.

Detroit is the biggest underdog on the board this weekend at plus-7, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The thought is Dallas should be able to get the win and cover at home.

OddsShark Computer Prediction: Detroit 23.8, Dallas 30.9

The Lions had one of the best defenses in the NFL this season ranking second behind only Seattle in scoring defense and yardage allowed. But Detroit struggled on offense scoring only 20.1 points per game, leading to plenty of wins at 11-5 SU, but not as many covers at 7-9 ATS. Ndamukong Suh's successful appeal after initially being suspended for the game for an illegal stomp on Aaron Rodgers' ankle certainly helps. The Lions are 0-7 SU and 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven postseason games.

The Dallas Cowboys wrapped up a perfect 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS road record last week with a 44-17 blowout win over Washington. The Cowboys became just the 11th team in NFL history with an undefeated road record of 7-0 or better, and eight of those 10 teams have gone on to play in the Super Bowl or NFL Championship Game. Dallas entered the playoffs on a 4-0 SU and ATS run in which the offense averaged 41.3 points per game. The Cowboys are just 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight playoff games.

Sunday's total is set at 48 points at the sportsbooks. The OVER is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams according to the OddsShark NFL Database and 11-3 in Detroit's last 14 road games against NFC East opponents.

Both of these teams have struggled in the postseason in recent years, but one of them will break out of that slump this week. With the way Dallas is playing lately, look for the Cowboys to win and cover as a 7-point home favorite.