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Here’s how the public is betting Lions vs. Cowboys in Week 17

We go over how the public is betting Lions vs. Cowboys on DraftKings Sportsbook for Saturday’s game.

Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the fourth quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys face each other in a special Saturday edition of Monday Night Football in Week 17 at 8:15 p.m. ET from Jerry World. Both these teams are still fighting for seeding in the NFC playoff picture. The Lions clinched the NFC North division for the first time since 1993 last week with a win over the Vikings. The Cowboys fell to the Dolphins 22-20 but still have an outside shot at winning the NFC East over the Eagles. Below we’ll go over the betting splits on DraftKings Sportsbook for Lions-Cowboys.

Saturday Night Football betting splits

Lions vs. Cowboys

Spread: Cowboys -5.5

The Cowboys are a pretty heavy favorite given the stakes in this game. The Lions are 11-4 and can still get the No. 1 seed and a bye in the first round of the NFC playoffs. So Detroit should still be motivated in this matchup. As a result, we’re seeing the bets on the spread almost split (51%-49%) between the two teams. There’s more handle (61%) on the Cowboys to cover. The lean should be the Lions, however. If you’re Detroit, you want to at least see how the 49ers and Eagles do this week and in Week 18. San Fran gets the Rams the final week of the season, which won’t be a cake walk. The Eagles are on the road against a feisty Giants team that nearly pulled off the upset of them in Week 16.

Over/Under: 52.5

This is a very high over/under total and oddly a lot of the handle (83%) and bets (69%) are on the over. This feels weird in what should be a competitive and hard-fought football game. Dallas is an elite defense in terms of yards allowed and scoring. The Lions defense hasn’t played well down the stretch but needs to show up this week. We saw last week with Cowboys-Dolphins a game that was expected to be high scoring but ended up hitting the under. This feels like a similar spot. This total is super high. If we factor in the spread and Cowboys defense, a certain script could play out. Dallas could build a lead, sit on it like Mike McCarthy is known for, and run the ball a ton. The over just doesn’t feel like the play in this game.

Moneyline: DAL -265, DET +215

Two pretty even teams and the moneyline is this far apart. I’d still lean Detroit as being undervalued and the public is wrong. We’re against the public is almost all categories for this game. There’s 59% of the handle and 62% of the bets on the Cowboys on the moneyline. The spread and ML seem to give no respect to the Lions. Detroit has struggled a bit down the stretch but those losses are to division opponents.

Give me the Lions to cover, the under to hit, and I think the better bet is Lions ML. There isn’t much value in DAL ML and I could see the Cowboys slipping up in this spot. Dallas has less to play for in reality. The Eagles should win their final two games and the division. The Cowboys would be forced into the 5-seed and most likely play the Bucs on the road in the WC round.