A hugely important Sunday Night Football showdown for Week 8 will round up a busy Sunday of action as the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys head north to take on a 3-3 Minnesota Vikings squad.
Entering at .500, the Vikes need to string some wins together to stay relevant in the NFC North. They’ve been wildly inconsistent this season, but might be catching Dallas at the right time.
Though the Cowboys are off to a dream start with a 5-1 record and winners of five straight games, there’s some uncertainty with them heading into Week 8. Quarterback Dak Prescott enters a legitimate game-time decision for this contest, and it truly remains unclear if he’ll be good to go. He’s been playing at an MVP-level in 2021, and without him this Dallas attack becomes very basic. Prescott was limited in practice all week, which certainly isn’t a good sign. It is believed that Cooper Rush would fill the void if Prescott can’t suit up.
With all of the talent and pedigree on the field, it should make this Sunday evening clash a must-see Week 8 moment. The Vikings need a victory, while the Cowboys will be keen on continuing to separate themselves in their division. Cooper Rush is an intriguing QB option if Dak can’t go, and it will be interesting to see how Minnesota would have prepared for either option.
For added insight, live odds, trends, and the latest data – keep reading below for our betting analysis on the Cowboys vs. Vikings as we look to close out a busy Sunday slate with another NFL winner!.
Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott, whose status for tonight is “still up in the air”, per a source, is dealing with a calf injury. He hardly is the first player this season to have one; calf injuries are one of the more prevalent injuries this season. pic.twitter.com/zhQMc4Rrrf
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2021
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Points Per Game||34.2||24.3|
|Points Against Per Game||24.3||22.8|
|Passing Yards Per Game||296.5||286.3|
|Rushing Yards Per Game||164.3||127.6|
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction
Hours before gametime on Halloween Sunday and still there’s no indication whether or not Cowboys’ MVP calibre QB Dak Prescott will suit up vs. the Vikings. The conventional wisdom leans that Prescott will sit this one out however. Cooper Rush is more capable than last season’s replacement options, this isn’t a needed game for Dallas, and the Cowboys are way ahead in the NFC East divisional standings.
As such, don’t expect to see Prescott on Sunday night. That’s how the line is currently priced, as it’d be safe to assume if he was confirmed as in the lineup, Dallas would quickly move to the favourite.
Regardless of who is under center for Dallas, Minnesota has been tough with pressure from their defensive schemes. They’ll pursue either Prescott or Rush relentlessly, and both Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen should be able to find holes in Dallas’ usually steady offensive line.
With time limited, the Cowboys might really look to the running game on Sunday night to keep the chains moving. Ezekiel Elliott is in the middle of another impressive campaign, and along with Tony Pollard, that’s a tandem that could find holes on Minnesota’s defense.
Still though, that is a trade-off the Vikes will be happy with if they can limit the pass and concede the run. On offense, look for Kirk Cousins to defer to Dalvin Cook for a lot of Sunday night’s game. The Cowboys’ have a pretty big weakness against opposing runners and have conceded big yardage thus far. Cook can beat their defensive line as both a rusher and receiver.
Dallas has been better against the pass, but with both Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, the VIkings remain a tough team to contain through the air. Dallas’ Trevon Diggs will only blanket one of those, so there is likely to still be room for movement through the air for Cousins and this Vikings’ offense.
Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs will look to make history tonight: he's tied for the longest streak of games (6) to begin a season with an interception in each of them.
Diggs has 7 interceptions this season, as many or more as all but 7 NFL teams.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 31, 2021
Cowboys vs. Vikings Trends To Know:
- Vikings are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Vikings are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games in October.
- Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Minnesota.
- Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings vs. the Vikings
Don’t expect Dak Prescott on Sunday night, and look for Dallas’ usually on-fire offense to flame out as a result. This should put new pressure on their offensive line and force their defense to shut down a very capable Minnesota passing attack. It is asking a lot, and expect the desperation of the Vikings to win out on Sunday Night Football.