If Detroit is bringing that much firepower on one side of the ball, a natural follow-up question is whether they have a more talented roster than the NFC East champions.
With Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Meltonout for the season and run-stuffing rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens nursing an ankle sprain, the Lions have a major edge in the front seven as well as the secondary. Detroit's run defense ranks as the NFL's fifth best over the past 25 years, per Football Outsiders' metrics. Teryl Austin's defense also ranks ninth in opposing passer rating.
Although Dallas counters with one of the most dominant offensive lines of recent memory, NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray isn't the explosive tackle-breaker that he was en route to breaking records in the first three months of the season.
Murray has averaged a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry over the last five weeks after topping 4.0 in every game from Weeks 1-11.
If the above factors seem heavily skewed toward Detroit, they can be offset by shaky pass protection and a scattershot Matthew Stafford.