2015 NFL Playoff Predictions – Detroit vs Dallas

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Detroit Lions (11-5) at Dallas Cowboys (12-4)

How ’bout them Cowboys?  Some would say the surprise of the 2014 NFL season is the Dallas Cowboys securing a record of 12-4 and winning all eight road games.  Six of the last seven teams in the Super Bowl era that posted perfect road records have reached the Super Bowl.  The Dallas Cowboys, along with the Seattle Seahawks, are the hottest team in the NFL and Troy Aikman loves it.

Just looking at the teams and their stats I would say that the Detroit Lions have a good shot at shutting down the Dallas Cowboy’s powerful running game.  The Detroit Lions have the number one defense against the run.  The Cowboys have the number one running back in DeMarco Murray.  But wait, something happened last Sunday and continued during the week by the dirtiest player in the NFL, Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh.

suhstepIf you clicked the above link you can see that Suh is already considered one of the dirtiest player in NFL History.  He does not respect the brotherhood of players and man to man this may make a difference to his teammates.

I’ve been around football players for a long time and there is a code amongst them.  Peewee, High School, College, and Pro these guys respect themselves as players.  What Suh does outside of the scrum is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
I know there are some of you naive enough to think he may not have known he was stepping on an opposing player.  Right.  There is a bridge I’d like to sell you.  At no time did Suh apologize or take ownership of his ‘mistake.’  Because it wasn’t a mistake. It was a dirty, dirty play.  Suh’s press conference was a joke.  It was as bad as Arizona Cardinal QB, Ryan Lindley, at the 5:26 mark in the 4th quarter.  What shocked me was the Detroit Lions’ head coach Jim Caldwell dodging questions by the reporters about the step on Rodgers.  Stand up and defend or don’t defend the situation.  “We are focusing on Dallas” is not a proper response in my opinion.

Maybe I’m making a bigger deal out of this then needs to be but I believe there are players in the Detroit Lions’ locker room who don’t like what Suh did.  There are players on that team that when push comes to shove may not stand up for some of Suh’s antics.  This underlying current of discord will hurt the lions and that may be the difference in the game.

Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, Tony Romo, is having a career year and with a strong running game, doesn’t have to force the issue at the end of the games in 2014.  I’d love for the Detroit Lions to pull the improbable upset and defeat the Dallas Cowboys.  I’d love to see Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Golden Tate get lit up by the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom here in Seattle but I don’t think that happens.

This game should be a great matchup until the fourth quarter where Dallas pulls away.  Detroit Lions’ quarterback, Matthew Stanford, will have a great game – stats wise – but it won’t be enough to win the game.

My pick:  Dallas Cowboys:  38  Detroit Lions:  24

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