A couple of NFC beasts will face-off on Sunday Night in what should be an excellent game to close out a busy day of NFL Week 10 action.
The 5-3 Dallas Cowboys have gotten their season back on track and look to extend their NFC East lead as they host the 6-2 Minnesota Vikings. Neither of these squads are particularly surprising this season as they are and remain legitimate playoff contenders, though it’s clear that this game will go a long way in determining positioning and homefield advantage.
Lots of eyes in this one will be on Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins as he prepares for yet another primetime test. The knock on the former Michigan State product has long been he cannot succeed against solid teams or in the spotlight – and taking on the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football is certainly a big stage. For the Cowboys, they have reeled off two straight victories against key divisional rivals, and as their squad gets healthier they will look to put a stranglehold on their claims for yet another divisional crown.
It’s rare that you get a playoff-type game so early in the regular season, but here we are with the Vikings and Cowboys. Neither side gives up much and with all of the talent on both sides of the ball, it should provide for a fascinating game. Read on below for a full match preview and betting prediction as we prepare you for what promises to be an excellent edition of Sunday Night Football.
Vikings vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +3 (+105)
@ Dallas Cowboys -3 (-125)
Over 48 (-105)
Under 48 (-115)
Vikings vs. Cowboys Pick:
With this being such a big spot for Minnesota, you know there will be lots of emphasis placed on the play of Kirk Cousins. It won’t be easy however, and him ‘choking’ might have more to do with the Dallas defense doing a stellar job come Sunday evening. The Cowboys absolutely put the clamps on Saquon Barkley last Monday evening, and should be able to do the same with Dalvin Cook. This could force Cousins into some difficult situations and potentially many 3rd-and-long scenarios if the Vikes can’t get the run game going. Expect a lot of Kirk Cousins dropbacks, and that could mean bad news, especially with the Vikings’ top receiver Adam Thielen likely sitting out.
On the other side of the ball, look for Dallas to be able to approach this game with a balanced attack. Ezekiel Elliott is basically matchup proof, and though Minnesota’s defensive front is stellar – Zeke will still get his chances and keep the chains moving. But also through the air, the Cowboys should be able to take advantage of this matchup Sunday evening. Minnesota’s corners have been very weak all season long, and Dak Prescott is talented enough to take full advantage downfield to the likes of Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper.
Dallas are oddly quite short favourites in this contest as the home team in a game where they have clear matchup advantages. They are also the healthier team, and their defense will be enhanced by the return of Leighton Vander Esch, while the Vikes will be without both Adam Thielen and Linval Joseph. Expect the ‘Boys to use Zeke to establish a run threat, before exposing the Vikings’ secondary with deep balls to Cooper and Gallup. Expect Dallas to come through to end your Sunday evening off on a winning note.