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NFL Week 17 ‘Monday Night Football’ (on Saturday) game picks and open thread

Week 17 of the 2023 NFL season continues with a rare Saturday edition of Monday Night Football featuring the Detroit Lions taking on the Dallas Cowboys. Read on for our picks and predictions.

Detroit Lions v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Week 17 of the 2023 NFL season is getting underway. As we eagerly await our Atlanta Falcons taking on the Chicago Bears in a must-win situation, we’ll also be watching the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers very closely.

We’ve got a rare Saturday edition of Monday Night Football on tap this week—as the College Football Playoff will be taking over on Monday—and we’ve got a banger on deck with the Detroit Lions traveling to take on the Dallas Cowboys.

Let’s get right to tonight’s picks, which I’ll be making on a straight moneyline (aka picking the winner) basis. I’ll still provide the information on the spread and over/under, for those interested. At the bottom, I’ll show the rest of the staff’s picks for the game.

All odds are taken from DraftKings Sportsbook and are subject to change. See the current odds here.

Monday Night Football (on Saturday): Detroit Lions (11-4) at Dallas Cowboys (10-5)

The pick: Lions (+195)

Spread: Cowboys -6 | Over/Under: 52 | Moneyline: Cowboys -245, Lions +200

What a terrific game for this rare Monday (Saturday) Night Football, as we could be getting a potential NFC playoff preview. Both of these teams have been largely dominant with some hiccups in the middle, but both are getting healthier and shaping into postseason form. I’m feeling frisky about the Lions in this one, so give me the underdog in a road upset over the very good but mistake-prone Cowboys.

Staff picks

What are your picks and predictions for tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup?

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.