Detroit (9-5) at Dallas (12-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 16 closes out as Detroit and Dallas play in the final Monday night contest of the 2016 season. The Lions are looking for a playoff spot, while the Cowboys look to be the top season in the post-season tournament.

Detroit was held to a pair of Matt Prater field goals as they fell to the New York Giants 16-7 at Met Life Stadium. New York’s Eli Manning (201 yards) and WRs Sterling Sterling and Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on the contest’s only TDs in the game and the Giants’ defense held Matthew Stafford (273 yards, interception) and the Lions out of the end zone, stopping them in their final chance to score. New York outrushed Detroit 114-56 and led 10-3 at the half.

On the strength of a 159-yard effort by Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas came away 26-20 winners over Tampa Bay in Arlington last Sunday night. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half at AT&T Stadium, trailed 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Jameis Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Elliott ran for a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation, Dallas ran for 185 yards in the win in the Lone Star State). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

They’ve met 23 times, which includes games played at old Tiger Stadium and the Cotton Bowl and the Cowboys lead the series 12-11. Dallas has outscored Detroit 608-437. Detroit has won the last two meetings in the regular season, coming away 31-30 winners in the Motor City in 2013. Dallas’ last win over Detroit came in the Lone Star State in 2010 by a final of 35-19.

On Monday night, the Lions are 14-16-1 and went 1-1 last year, while the Cowboys are 44-33 and won their only MNF contest in the 2015 campaign.

Dallas is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make sense. While Detroit was waiting to see what Green Bay was doing Saturday afternoon at Lambeau, the Cowboys know that their hay’s in the barn. Dallas wins this one but don’t expect them to cover the 7 1/2.

Broadcast Information: 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Detroit), 81 (Dalllas). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Detroit), 225 (Dallas).

Officials – John Hussey

Injury Report

Detroit
OUT: C Travis Swanson (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: RB Theo Riddick (Wrist), CB Darius Slay (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB DeAndre Levy (Knee)

Dallas
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (Groin), LB Justin Durant (Elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (Back), DT Cedric Thornton (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: DT Tyrone Crawford (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T Tyron Smith (Back), WR Dez Bryant (Back), S Barry Church (Forearm), G Ronald Leary (Back), S James Wilcox (Thigh), DE Jack Crawford (Foot), LB Sean Lee (Knee)

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