Cowboys vs Lions — Over/Under Reactions

    This Sunday, the head to to take on a returning and the . With that being said, let's get started with some week 7 over/under reactions.

    OVERREACTION: Dak Prescott will come out looking like an MVP

    Dak Prescott comes under fire on a daily basis from the NFL community, the media, and even his own fan base. It is honestly astonishing to see the amount of criticism and negativity that is directed towards Prescott, but we all know why that is – because he is the of the Dallas Cowboys, and his expectations are higher than any other player in the league.

    In 2021, Prescott was having an -level campaign as a quarterback through the first half of the season until he injured his calf. Even after the , the Cowboys finished the season 12-5, and Prescott threw for 4,449 yards, 37 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Those are incredible numbers for a quarterback coming off a gruesome ankle injury the year prior, and while dealing with a nagging calf throughout the second half of the season.

    Dak Prescott is the heartbeat of this team ( will back me up on this if you don’t believe me). Prescott is the future of this team as well, and there is zero evidence that suggests he isn’t. This Cowboys team has been able to stay afloat while Prescott has healed his thumb injury suffered in week one, and the Cowboys have seemingly found their identity along the way — by running the ball effectively, playing stout , and taking shots down the field when needed. This can only improve with Prescott under , and I strongly believe that Dak will come out firing on all cylinders this Sunday and look like the MVP he was during the first half of the season last year.

    UNDERREACTION: The Detroit Lions has me concerned

    Lead by stud running backs D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, the Lions rushing attack is averaging 151.4 yards a game. While D’Andre Swift has missed the last few games dealing with , he has returned to practice and seems to be trending towards playing this Sunday. If Swift does take the field this weekend, it is fair to wonder how much of a role he will play.

    Nonetheless, the Cowboys’ defense clearly shows signs of weakness when it comes to stopping the run. So far this season, the Cowboys have allowed 566 rushing yards, and running backs are averaging 4.35 yards per carry against this defense. While those numbers aren’t putrid by no means, they certainly aren’t the greatest. We saw last week against the Eagles, the Cowboys were able to contain from hurting them with his legs, but they still allowed Philadelphia to rush for 136 yards and one touchdown.

    The running game for the Lions isn’t the only thing that troubles me – the Lions are second overall in offense this year, just behind the . Detroit is averaging 28 points per game, meanwhile, the Cowboys rank in the bottom of the league in offense, only averaging 18 points per game. Now, that stat line is with under center for the Cowboys, and I like to think that number will rise with Dak Prescott back in the lineup. Last year, the Cowboys had the #1 offense in the league, averaging 31 points per game.

    We’ll see this Sunday how Dak Prescott and this Cowboys' offense responds to the criticism they have faced during the first quarter of this season, and it will be exciting to see if this defense can maintain Detroit’s high-powered offense. If the Cowboys’ defense struggles to maintain the Lions’ offense, the Cowboys will need to lean on Dak Prescott to put up points. If that is the case, we may be looking at a potential shoot-out in Arlington.

    Christian Cline
    Christian Cline
    Cowboys advocate since '96 / WKU Alumni / Former TV Villain / Follow me on Twitter @ChristianCline


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