When the Minnesota Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys this week in the NFL, you'll see two teams that might be the most disappointing teams in the NFC. One of these teams is starting to right the ship, the Vikings, while the other is still struggling mightily, the Cowboys. These two perennial playoff contenders met last year in a 28-24 win by the Vikings, who covered as underdogs. The Vikings are favored this year by 7.5 points. Can they add to the Cowboys woes?
Cowboys need a winThe Dallas Cowboys were a mess before Dak Prescott got injured and they have pretty much been a mess since. They've had a carousel of quarterbacks but the results have all been the same -- losses. The Cowboys actually played pretty well the last time they played, losing 24-19 to undefeated Pittsburgh, but the loss dropped them to 2-7 on the year. The one thing that keeps Cowboys fans hopeful is that the NFC East is so dreadful. At 2-7, they are just a game and a half behind first place Philadelphia, who is 3-5-1.
So as bad as they have been, a win on Sunday and the Cowboys are legitimately right back in the race in the division. They have a couple of things going for them. One, the cowboys are coming off a bye week, so they've had a chance to get a little healthier. Two, quarterback Andy Dalton, who they signed in the offseason as a backup, looks like he'll be ready to go. He's no Dak Prescott, but Dalton is a slid veteran who gives the Cowboys a chance to move the ball against a pretty lackluster Vikings defense.
Vikings win third straightWhile the Cowboys have not been able to turn their season around, the Vikings have been playing pretty good football since getting off to a horrible start. They began the season 1-5 and looked like they would just fade into oblivion and maybe tank for a replacement for Kirk Cousins. But Dalvin Cook, arguably the best running back in football, returned from injury and the Vikings have won 3 straight. They are coming off a big win at Chicago Monday night, beating the Bears 19-13 to crawl out of the basement in the NFC North.
In the win over the Bears, the Vikings defense held the Bears to just 149 total yards, including 41 yards rushing. I'm not so sure that's had to do with any great Vikings defense, rather it was because of the horrible Bears offense. Dalvin Cook had another good game, rushing for 96 yards, but it was wide receiver Adam Thielen who came up big, scoring two touchdowns. Kirk Cousins had a nice game, going 25 for 36 for 292 yards and two touchdowns with no picks against a good Chicago defense.
Stats & Trends
- Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Cowboys are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- Cowboys are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Cowboys are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC.
- Cowboys are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Cowboys are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Vikings are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November.
- Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
- Vikings are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Vikings are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.