The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) will head north to U.S. Bank Stadium to play the Minnesota Vikings (3-3) for an NFC battle in primetime on Sunday Night Football. In their last game, the Cowboys escaped Foxborough with an overtime win against the Patriots 35-29. Similarly, the last time Minnesota hit the gridiron, the Panthers took the Vikings to overtime but secured a victory 34-28.
These teams are in the thick of the playoff race and hope to continue their winning streaks. The Cowboys are in the first place and have rattled off five straight wins. In the same way, the Vikings look for their third consecutive victory and hope to stay near the top of the NFC North standings. Both of these offenses are exciting; that being said, this should be an entertaining matchup.
Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview: Cowboys look for a fifth straight win
The Dallas Cowboy offense has been fun to watch in 2021. Following their week one loss to the Buccaneers, the Cowboys have been on an absolute tear offensively. Dallas leads the league in total offense putting together 460 yards per game.
The offensive line played great last week, conceding no sacks and allowing Dak Prescott to pick apart the Patriot defense. In his previous four games, Prescott has thrown three or more touchdown passes.
The Cowboys have used a combination of Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard to weave through opposing defenses. Dallas ranks second in rushing yards per game (164.3), and Ezekiel Elliot is starting to prove he’s a complete back, reeling in 110+ total yards in his last two games.
Defensively, the Cowboys have improved from 2020 but still have plenty of work in 2021. The defense as a whole hasn’t been great, ranking 23rd in total yards allowed (381.2). The rushing defense was exposed against the Patriots allowing Damien Harris to record over 100 yards.
The secondary has been a strength, with Trevon Diggs creating most of the headlines. The cornerback leads the league with seven interceptions, while the defense ranks fourth with 14 total takeaways.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview: Vikings defense key to stopping Cowboys
The Vikings come into this matchup with a .500 record, but don’t let that fool you because they are very much a dangerous team. After dropping their first two matchups, Minnesota has won three of their last four matchups and is playing well on both sides of the ball.
Like the Cowboys, the Vikings utilize a balanced attack on offense. Currently, the offense ranks fifth in the league in total offense averaging 414 yards per game.
Kirk Cousins has been a force lately, cashing in three touchdowns in week six, along with zero turnovers. Calvin Cook has also been a massive weapon for the offense. In his first games back from injury, the running back recorded a touchdown with 140 yards on the ground.
The Vikings have been solid on the defensive side of the ball, allowing just under 20 points per game. The defensive front has been the strength of this team, leading the NFL in sacks with 21. The Vikings will need to put pressure on Dak Prescott to give the offense a chance to win the ball game.
Betting Lines & Odds
The Dallas Cowboys are the 1.5 point favorites in this game on MyBookie, while the total comes in at 55.
Moneyline: Cowboys -250 | Vikings +105
total set at 46 points.
Free Betting Pick
Both of these teams will be well-rested coming off a bye week, and I expect to see fireworks in this matchup. The Vikings have looked good over their last four games on both sides of the ball. However, their wins come against the Panthers, Lions, and Seahawks.
On the other hand, the Cowboy offense is clicking on all cylinders and has been unstoppable since dropping their first game of the season in week one. They are also 6-0 against the spread this year. For that reason, take the Cowboys on the road.