The Dallas Cowboys (6-3, 2-2 Away) are on the road to take on the Minnesota Vikings (8-1, 4-0 Home), who will be looking to extend their winning run, at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Cowboys are 1.5-point favorites, and the total is 47.5.
Dallas is coming off a narrow 31-28 loss against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field last Sunday. Dak Prescott was 27 of 46 for 265 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Tony Pollard ran 22 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.
CeeDee Lamb was targeted 15 times, catching 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Minnesota won for the seventh straight game last Sunday, beating the Buffalo Bills 33-30 at Highmark Stadium. Kirk Cousins threw for 357 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.
Dalvin Cook carried 14 times for 119 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jefferson also scored once. He was targeted 16 times, hauling in 10 receptions for 193 yards.
The Cowboys won the only game between the teams last season, a 20-16 victory in October. Cooper Rush threw two touchdowns for Dallas.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Cowboys are averaging 23.4 points per game for the season, 11th in the NFL, and they are facing a Vikings defense that has surrendered 21.2 PPG (14th). Meanwhile, Minnesota has scored 25.1 points a game this season, eighth in the league, and Dallas is allowing 18.2 PPG (5th).
The Cowboys rank 26th in the league in passing yards per game (208.4) and eighth in rushing (134.6). Look for them to take advantage through the air, as the Vikings are 30th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (281.9). Against the run, Minnesota is 16th (118.3).
Minnesota is seventh in the league in passing yards per game (265.4) and 23rd in rushing (107.0). Dallas’ defense will prove challenging through the air, as the Cowboys are 4th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (206.7).
Against the run, the Cowboys are 29th (143.1). Dallas is averaging 2.9 red zone trips a game this season, fourth lowest in the NFL, finding the end zone 65% of the time (7th). The Cowboys will be looking to improve on those numbers against one of the league’s weakest red zone defenses, as the Vikings have allowed opponents to score on 72% of red zone trips (31st).
Through six games, Cooper Rush has thrown for five touchdowns (3 INT) and 170.0 yards per game to lead Dallas in passing. In three away games this season, he has two TDs (3 INT) and an average of 166.0 yards passing.
Tony Pollard leads the team in rushing with an average of 69.0 yards a game over nine games. He has six touchdowns on the ground. CeeDee Lamb is the Cowboys’ leading receiver with 78.4 yards a game and five TDs.
He is averaging 5.9 receptions on 9.8 targets per game. Kirk Cousins has 14 passing touchdowns (8 INT) with 261.8 yards per game through nine games to lead Minnesota.
In four home games this season, he has thrown for seven TDs (1 INT) and an average of 266.2 yards. Dalvin Cook has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 80.8 yards a game through nine games.
He has seven total touchdowns, six rushing and one receiving. Justin Jefferson has been a star in the Vikings’ aerial attack. He has four touchdowns and a 117.8 yard per game average through nine appearances. Justin Jefferson is averaging 11.1 targets per game (7.7 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota is unbeaten at home this season.
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
Minnesota Vikings (+100)
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