NFC Wild Card
(6) Lions at (3) Cowboys
Lions: For the first time since the 2011 season, they’re playing football in January. I’ve seen a huge improvement in the Lions and it starts with the head coach. Jim Caldwell has complete control of this team and that’s something we didn’t see under Jim Scharwtz. The penalties have been cut down significantly and Golden Tate has shown to be a very reliable second option for Matt Stafford and a guy that takes pressure off of Calvin Johnson. The defense has also made a big improvement. They’re the very best when it comes to shutting down the run. They’ll have their hands full with a Cowboys team playing with such confidence heading into the playoffs on Sunday in Arlington.
Cowboys: What a difference this season has been for the Cowboys. Everyone thought they’d be the same 8-8 team like they’ve been the past three seasons. DeMarco Murray has been healthy. I’ve always stated he’s the X factor and then Romo can use that play action to get the ball down the field. Tony Romo is trusting his pieces around him. He has the time to step into the pocket and get the football down the field along with using his mobility to his advantage. The Cowboys have the best offensive line in the NFL. That’s been the engine of this football team this year. Romo will look to win his second career playoff game on Sunday.
Prediction: How could we forget the last time these two teams actually met? Megatron had the game of his life against a depleted Cowboys secondary. I’m expecting to see a lot of changes on Sunday. Lots of double teams and forcing Stafford to beat them by getting the ball to Golden Tate. The Cowboys have the physical and mental mentality on that offensive line to deal with the toughness of the Lions defensive line. I like the Cowboys in this one. Cowboys 31 Lions 21