The Minnesota Vikings are a dangerous team and fans shouldn’t fall for any lazy narrative about their .500 record on the season. They lost to AFC North leaders, the Cincinnati Bengals, by a field goal on the road, missed a last-second 37-yard field goal in Arizona against the still-undefeated Cardinals and then held the Cleveland Browns offense down in a14-7 defeat. The Vikings don’t have a bad loss on their schedule and could easily be 5-1 just like Dallas. The Cowboys do have some advantages though.
Running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard have to be licking their chops to face this porous run defense of Minnesota. The Vikings have the players; Danielle Hunter, Michael Pierce, Dalvin Tomlinson, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Harrison Smith should be good pieces to a great unit against the run, but instead they are near the bottom of the league in yards allowed and average yards allowed.
If the Vikings have figured out how to better corral the Cowboys running game then Minnesota will still have to deal with MVP candidate, quarterback Dak Prescott. They might have solid young players, but the secondary in Minnesota can’t stack up with the Dallas wide receiving core. It’ll be a pick-your-poison game for the home team.
The Dallas defense might be facing their toughest challenge so far this season. No, quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t Tom Brady or Justin Herbert, but he puts up elite metrics when he isn’t pressured by a pass rush. The Cowboys’ Randy Gregory will have to continue to generate consistent pressure.
Minnesota has a very good receiving core. Justin Jefferson, like CeeDee Lamb, is a second-year star. Adam Thielen is as good as a second receiver as a team could ask for. He isn’t the best in the NFL, but he is up near the top.
Then there is Dalvin Cook, one of a handful of running backs who could be considered the best, or in tier one at least when healthy. If Dallas plays the run like they have on average so far this year, Cook could really ruin this game for them.
Here is how to watch, listen, and bet on this battle after the bye week.
Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Vikings
When: 7:20 p.m. CT, Sunday, October 31
Where: U.S, Bank Stadium-Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referee: Scott Novac
Odds from Tipico Sportsbook(current as of 10 a.m. October 26)
Wagering information (Visit tipico.com for all games)
Current Point Spread: Cowboys +2.5
NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Also available live on Peacock TV. Subscribe here.
If your internet browser shows that you are within the normal viewing area of the Cowboys (or Vikings), you can also live stream the game.
Away Cowboys: 226 (Streaming 808)
Home Vikings: 225 (Streaming 820)
National Broadcast: 88 (Streaming 88)
Spanish Broadcast: 380 (Streaming 978)