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The Dallas Cowboys travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings this Thursday night one week after both playing games on Thanksgiving. The Vikings will look to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Cowboys will be looking to get one step closer to locking down a bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs!
The Vikings came out of the gate this season red hot, getting off to a 5-0 record, but the Vikings have been decimated by injuries going on to lose five out of their next six games. The Cowboys, who have had their fair share of injuries as well this season have gone in an entirely different direction winning a franchise record ten straight games since dropping their season opener by a point to their division foe the New York Giants.
Minnesota boasts one of the league’s top defenses, ranking close to the top in most statistical categories, but will be facing a Cowboys team that not only has the most dominant offensive line in the game; they do a great job limiting turnovers. They have the second-fewest giveaways in the NFL. The Cowboys defense ranks among the top run defenses, which should present a challenge to a Vikings team that is last in rushing yards.
Dallas opens up a three-point favorite on the road. I expect them to continue their physical style of play on offense, pounding the Vikings with a heavy dose of number 21! Minnesota hopes to get back their leading receiver Stefon Diggs who did not play in their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions.
After scoring only 13 points, they will certainly welcome back their top weapon with open arms. Unfortunately for them, I don’t see them being able to score with the Cowboys high-powered offense that has been clicking on all cylinders, led by rookie Dak Prescott who’s played efficient and mistake free ball all season long. A key matchup to watch is the Cowboys elite offensive line against the Vikings stout defensive front. I believe the Cowboys will leave Minnesota victorious extending their win streak and NFL’s best record.
By Eddie Cohen