Two struggling sides will face-off Sunday of Week 11, but for both the Cowboys and Vikings there is still plenty to play for, especially when you consider the expanded post-season.
For the Cowboys, it’s already been quite the tumultuous season. Having lost Dak Prescott and many other star talents, Dallas hasn’t fared too well and certainly have not met their lofty expectations.
This week though, they will get back Andy Dalton which should help. The veteran QB has shown that he can perform well, and right now all Dallas needs is average play from the guy under centre. Also, given the fact that the NFC East remains so weak – Dallas very likely still has a great shot at winning this mess of a division and hosting a playoff game. It seems ridiculous, but that’s the NFL in 2020.
Meanwhile for the Minnesota Vikings, a sluggish start has been erased and this is a team that now seems to be rolling. Now at 4-5, with a relatively easy stretch of home games upcoming, the Vikes remain a dark-horse squad going forward. Dalvin Cook has been quite the engine for this squad, while the emergence of Justin Jefferson has transformed this once-stagnant offense.
Though many within the football world and betting market seem to presume this could be a layup game for the Vikes, with a healthier Dallas squad coming off of their bye with a shot at the post-season, don’t be stunned to see this feature as one of the better, tighter games from the entire Week 11 slate. As always, continue reading beneath the posted odds for a full game analysis and betting breakdown. Enjoy Minnesota vs. Dallas, folks!
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys +7 (-110)
@ Minnesota Vikings -7 (-110)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick:
While Minnesota surely enters the hotter team here, don’t be shocked to see Dallas finally begin to play to their potential in the second-half of the season. Dallas can be better, and they should definitely start performing better on defense as key bodies begin to return to their lineup.
Dallas should have some success on the defensive side as a result, especially against Dalvin Cook. The Cowboys have been stout lately against the run, and with improved health among their linebackers, if Dallas can limit the big Cook runs – they do have a shot.
Of course, with a less effective Cook, it’s going to force Minnesota to open things up and let Kirk Cousins throw the ball more, which is always a mixed-bag. Dallas is now healthy within their secondary, the healthiest they’ve been all year in fact – and are now well-equipped to be able to deal with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. While the Vikes may still find success, Dallas should be able to turn in one of their better defensive outings this season.
On offense, with Dalton back in the fold it at least gives Dallas a shot at managing this game and the offense effectively. The Cowboys’ offensive line will be healthier, and that could give the veteran QB a chance to exploit Minnesota’s untested secondary with his elite trio of receivers. The Vikes have a vulnerable defensive backfield, and all of CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Amari Cooper should be able to have breakout games on Sunday.
This spread opened too high, and it’s still too high with Dallas getting a full touchdown coming off of their bye week. They’re healthier than they have been in a while, and enter with a renewed focus as they still have a shot at the division title. Dallas will keep this tight and don’t be surprised if they can pull off the outright upset in Week 11.