The 10-1 Dallas Cowboys travel to Minnesota to take on the 6-5 Vikings in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Both teams won last week. The Cowboys beat the Redskins 31-26 for their franchise setting 10th straight win after an opening week loss. Minnesota remains a game behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North after losing 16-13 to the Lions last week. The game ended on a game winning field goal as time expired with Sam Bradford throwing an interception with 30 seconds remaining.
Dallas beat Washington despite the defense allowing over 500 yards of offense and 20 4th quarter points. They forced 0 turnovers, 0 sacks, and 4 different Redskin receivers had over 67 reception yards. They did a good job against the run allowing 56 yards on 19 carries, which is less than 3 yards per rush. Over the last 3 games, the Cowboys opponents have averaged 25 points per game. Offensively, Dak Prescott had an efficient game completing 17 of his 24 pass attempts for 195 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. He also ran for 39 yards and another touchdown on 8 carries. His favorite target was Dez Bryant who had 5 catches for 72 yards. Cole Beasley also had a nice game with 5 catches for 56 yards. Ezekiel Elliott continued his incredible rookie season with 97 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries. Elliott leads the league in rush yards with 1,199 to go along with 11 rushing touchdowns.
Minnesota’s defense played well last week but their offense had difficulty scoring. Sam Bradford completed 31 of 27 passes for 224 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Kyle Rudolph who had 9 catches for 64 yards. They had success running the ball gaining 82 yards on just 16 carries, which is more than 5 yards per rush. Jerick Mckinnon led the team with 31 yards on 9 carries. This was the first time in their last 5 games they held their opponent under 20 points. Defensively, they limited Detroit to 328 yards of offense and 1 touchdown. They sacked Matthew Stafford twice for a loss of 18 yards and gave up 94 rushing yards on 19 carries. The Vikings have averaged just 17 points per game over their last 5 games.
Dallas is 4-point favorites in this game despite being on the road, which hasn’t been a problem for them as they are 5-0 on the road this season. They have been good against the spread also, going 8-3. Minnesota has gone 5-6 against the spread this season including 3-2 at home. For the Vikings, wide receiver Stefan Diggs was limited in practice Tuesday with a knee injury and his status for this game is still uncertain. Dallas is third in the league in scoring at 28.7 points per game and 5th in total offense with 407 yards per game. The Vikings are 2nd in the league in point allowed with 17.5 and 3rd overall allowing 307 yards per game.
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