Two NFC powerhouses will battle it out Sunday afternoon as the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) take on the Minnesota Vikings (8-1). The Vikings will host this one at U.S. Bank Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 4:25 pm ET.
Dallas is trying to regroup after losing to the Packers 31-28 in overtime last week. In the loss, Dak Prescott threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions. CeeDee Lamb led the receivers with 11 catches for 150 yards and two scores.
The Vikings won their seventh game in a row last weekend after beating the Buffalo Bills 33-30 in overtime. The road victory saw Kirk Cousins throw for 357 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Dalvin Cook led the ground game with 119 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
The Cowboys are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -130 to win, while the Vikings’ moneyline sits at +110. The spread features Minnesota +1.5 (-108), and the over/under for total points is 48.5 (-110).
Cowboys Look To Regroup
Unfortunately for Cowboys’ fans, their overtime loss last weekend dropped them to third in the NFC East. Despite being 6-3, they trail both the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) and the New York Giants (7-2). On Sunday, they will look to regroup and take down the Vikings on the road.
Dallas’ offense is led by quarterback Dak Prescott. In four games this season, he has thrown for 856 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. He has also rushed for 51 yards and another score.
Prescott’s best target to this point has been CeeDee Lamb. He has a team-high 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns.
On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott is questionable for this game with a knee injury. In his absence, Tony Pollard has certainly stepped up. He currently has 621 yards and six touchdowns on 103 carries.
Defensively, the team ranks fifth in the NFL, allowing just 18.2 points per game (20.8 on the road).
Vikings Look To Win As Home Underdogs
In nine games this season, the Vikings are 8-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 at home. Still, they come into this one as home underdogs and will look to prove any doubters wrong on Sunday.
Minnesota’s offense currently ranks eighth in scoring, averaging 25.1 points per game (28.5 at home). That is in small part thanks to a strong start from veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins. In nine games, he has thrown for 2,356 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Justin Jefferson continues to prove he is one of the best wide receivers in all of football. He currently has 69 receptions for 1,060 yards and four touchdowns this season.
On the ground, the Vikings rely on Dalvin Cook to do most of the heavy lifting. In nine games, he has rushed 145 times for 727 yards and six scores. He also has 22 receptions for 146 yards and another touchdown.
The Vikings are middle-of-the-road on defense. They currently rank 14th overall in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of 21.2 points per game (19.8 at home).
Take Minnesota To Win At Home
Looking at the trends, there is a lot to like about Minnesota in this one. They have not lost a game since Week 2, and they are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games at home against the Cowboys.
While Dallas has won four of the last five matchups between these two teams, they have also shown they are a far superior team at home than on the road. Having to travel to Minnesota, Dallas could be in for back-to-back rough weeks against NFC North teams.
Take Minnesota to win straight up at +110.