Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Jakes Takes: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) looks to block during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This game will be the story of two teams that have a lot of similarities.  Both have really good Quarterbacks, and both have not had a lot of success.  Each of these teams can be dynamic on offense and each of these teams have a hard time staying out of their own way.

The Cowboys and Lions both stand at 4-3 and this game might have some tie-breaking implications at the end of the regular season.  This will be a critical game for both teams trying to get on a roll, Detroit plays in a tougher division so it could be said that they need this game more.  However you want to look it, this should be a really good game.

Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley make one of the best DT tandems in the league.  The Cowboys need to stay patient with the run because it will open up the passing game.  Even if they are not getting much yardage they can’t abandon the run completely.  With Demarco Murray not at 100 percent ( if he plays at all), it will most likely be tough sledding on the ground for Dallas.

The Cowboys O-line is going to have their hands full and it is imperative that Travis Frederick and his Guard mates are on the same page.  I think Dallas will have some golden opportunities in the passing game, the key will be connecting on those when they are available.

This game features two of the Leagues best Receivers in Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant and I look for both to have a big day.  It is hard to imagine the Dallas D having a performance similar to the one last week against the Eagles.  Detroit will get their big plays in, it is going to be on the Dallas offense to match.

Dallas better get it’s penalty issue resolved or they might beat themselves in this one.

Key Cowboy:  Travis Frederick, the last time Frederick played against an elite DT he did not fare so well.  Dontari Poe handled him pretty good, but Frederick is smart and tough and he needs to show his growth in this game.

Prediction:  The Cowboys win a tough game on the road for the second consecutive week, beating the Lions 28-20. 

I realize I have picked the Cowboys to win every week, I am not delusional.  I expected the Cowboys to be 4-0, so it has swayed picks a little since. 


Tags: Calvin Johnson Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant Dontari Poe Ndamukong Suh Nick Fairley Travis Frederick

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