Check out our betting preview and prediction for the NFL match between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings!
Does Prescott Go For Cowboys?
The biggest question heading into Sunday night’s Cowboys at Vikings matchup is whether or not Dak Prescott will play. The Dallas QB is questionable with a calf injury but is listed as probable on the injury report.
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Prescott battled injuries all preseason but seemed to have put those behind him in leading Dallas to five straight wins and a comfortable 3.5 game cushion in the NFC East. Prescott’s 73.1% completion rate is tops in the NFL, and he has 16 TD to just 4 INT on the season.
Will Dak go – or can he make it through the game – is the biggest concern affecting Sunday night’s betting odds. There’s a massive dropoff to backup Cooper Rush, who has been with Dallas for four years yet thrown just three total passes.
Assuming Prescott makes it through the game, the Cowboys have great value as +3 point underdogs. Dallas has scored 35+ points in four straight games and have gotten their running game going lately as Zeke Elliott has 95+ yards rushing in three of the last four.
Both defenses have their work cut out for them on Sunday night, which is why the betting total is at 52.0 points. Dallas allowed rookie Mac Jones of New England to complete 71.4% of his passes in the last game and are 28th in the NFL, giving up 295.0 ypg through the air.
Vikings are an Underrated Team
Minnesota is just 3-3 to start the season, but that record includes a 3-point OT loss in Cincinnati to start the season, falling at Arizona by a point a week later and dropping a hard fought 14-7 contest to Cleveland to kick off October. Minnesota has gone 3-3 vs. the spread.
Of course, just because Minnesota has played well in losses against three very good teams doesn’t mean they’ll have the edge over Dallas on Sunday – because the Cowboys are very good too. The Vikings have won two in a row, but they’ve been close too in a 19-17 victory over Detroit and beating Carolina 34-28 (OT) in their last game.
Dallas’ biggest defensive weakness is against the pass, and in fact, the Cowboys are very good vs. the run giving up 86.2 ypg. That means we may see more of QB Kirk Cousins than RB Dalvin Cook on Sunday night. Cousins had his highest passing yardage game of the year with 373 yards vs. the Panthers and also had 3 TD passes for the third time this season.
Don’t count out Minnesota establishing the run in this game either, though. Cook has had an extra week to rest an ankle injury that cost him two games but also looked healthy vs. Carolina with 140 yards and 2 TD. The Cowboys also gave up 100+ yards to Patriots RB Damien Harris in the last match.
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It’s hard to fully handicap this match with the uncertainty at QB for the Cowboys. Prescott is probable, and the medical staff will likely give him the proper treatment to be at as full capacity as possible.
That being said, is this just a tough matchup for the Cowboys? The Vikings are tied for the NFL lead with 21 sacks which is not what you want with a banged-up QB under center.
If you are going to bet online, take the Vikings!
Pick: Vikings -3