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‘Saturday Night Football’ Week 17 expert picks and predictions: Lions at Cowboys

POD staff picks for the “Saturday Night Football” matchup between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.

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With the College Football Playoffs kicking off on Monday night (January 1, 2024), the NFL is shifting its typical “Monday Night Football” broadcast to Saturday night and featuring the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys. The good folks over at DraftKings Sportsbook are favoring the Cowboys in this game, but you can see what the Pride of Detroit staff thinks in the sections below.

If you missed them during the week, here are a few game previews Pride of Detroit has published, breaking down the game in a litany of ways, including 5 Keys to Victory (from Erik Schlitt), On Paper preview (Jeremy Reisman), early week preview (Brandon Knapp), 5 Questions preview (Ryan Mathews), and many more unique articles to enjoy.

How to watch: Lions at Cowboys

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2023
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Lisa Salters (field reporter)
Note: ESPN2 Manningcast returns for the Wild Card round of the playoffs
Online Stream/Replay: ESPN+, ESPN APP, NFL+ Premium

POD predictions via Tallysight:

POD score predictions:

Brandon Knapp (13-2): 31-27 Cowboys
Ryan Mathews (11-4): 35-28 Cowboys
Jerry Mallory (11-3): 31-27 Lions
Alex Reno (11-4): 24-21 Cowboys
Kellie Rowe (11-4): Lions
Meko Scott (11-4): 34-27 Lions
Jeremy Reisman (11-4): 34-31 Lions (On Paper preview)
Morgan Cannon (10-5): 38-34 Lions
Erik Schlitt (10-5): 35-31 Lions (5 keys preview)
Kyle Yost (10-5): Lions
Hamza Baccouche (9-6): 41-32 Cowboys
John Whiticar (8-7): 37-30 Lions
Chris Perfett (0-0-15): 91-91 Tie

POD reader poll

Now it’s your time to make your predictions. Vote in the poll below and share your score predictions in the comment section below.


Who wins on Saturday night?

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