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Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction NOV 22TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXU.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis

469Dallas Cowboys
470Minnesota Vikings

46.5o -110
-7 -105
1 2 3 4
6 10 0 15
7 0 7 14

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Andy Dalton threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz with 1:37 to go, and the Dallas Cowboys held on for a 31-28 win over the host Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Dalton completed 22 of 32 passes for 203 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for Dallas (3-7), which snapped a four-game losing streak. Ezekiel Elliott had 21 carries for 103 yards to go along with a receiving touchdown out of the backfield.

The loss spoiled a standout performance by Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Adam Thielen had eight catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (4-6), which lost for the first time in its past five games.

The Vikings trailed 16-7 at the half before they regrouped. Justin Jefferson put the Vikings on top 28-24 when he split a pair of Cowboys defenders and hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Cousins with 9:37 remaining.

That set the stage for the Cowboys' game-winning drive within the final two minutes. Schultz brought in a 2-yard score to cap an 11-play, 61-yard drive that took only 2:23 off the clock.

Dallas opened the scoring when Dalton found Elliott for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 9:26 to go in the first quarter. The Vikings blocked the Cowboys' extra-point attempt.

Minnesota bounced back on the next possession, which culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook. It was the running back's 13th rushing touchdown, matching his career high from 2019.

The back-and-forth start continued as the Cowboys grabbed a 13-7 lead with 4:55 left in the second quarter. Rookie CeeDee Lamb provided a highlight-reel catch while twisting and falling backward for a 4-yard score.

A 19-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein increased the Cowboys' lead to 16-7 before halftime.

Minnesota rallied in the second half with back-to-back touchdown passes from Cousins to Thielen.

Thielen's first score, from 2 yards out, came on a remarkable one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone. The seventh-year wideout secured the ball and tapped both feet inbounds.

The next touchdown reception was much more routine for Thielen, who got open for an easy 3-yard catch that gave the Vikings a 21-16 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys answered on the next drive to regain a 24-21 edge. Pollard sprinted 42 yards to the end zone for his second rushing touchdown, and Lamb converted a two-point conversion.

--Field Level Media

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Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
Chidobe Awuzie primary: Cornerback Starter
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Starter
Joe Looney primary: Center Starter
Zack Martin primary: Right Tackle Starter
Connor McGovern primary: Right Guard Starter
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Leighton Vander Esch primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Left Guard Starter
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Starter
Antwaun Woods primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Anthony Brown primary: Cornerback Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Starter
Cameron Erving primary: Left Tackle Starter
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Substitution
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Randy Gregory primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brandon Knight primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tony Pollard primary: Runningback Substitution
Adam Redmond primary: Center Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Darian Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Sean Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Francis Bernard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Substitution
Terence Steele primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Substitution
Joe Thomas primary: Linebacker Substitution
Steven Parker primary: Safety Substitution
Rashard Robinson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Hunter Niswander primary: Punter Substitution
Eli Ankou primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Justin March-Lillard primary: Linebacker Not active
Reggie Robinson II primary: Safety Not active
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Not active
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Not active
Ron'Dell Carter primary: Defensive End Not active
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Greg Senat primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Garrett Gilbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Player PositionLineup
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jalyn Holmes primary: Left End Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brett Jones primary: Right Guard Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Right End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Chris Jones primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Todd Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Andrew DePaola primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Aviante Collins primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Ezra Cleveland primary: Guard Not active
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Jordan Brailford primary: Defensive End Not active
Curtis Riley primary: Safety Not active
Dylan Mabin primary: Cornerback Not active

Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Passer: Andy Dalton
    • Pass Receiver: Ezekiel Elliott
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 19 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: CeeDee Lamb
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Passer: Andy Dalton
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Passer: Andy Dalton
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Pass Receiver: Dalton Schultz
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 39 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Pass Receiver: Justin Jefferson
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 42 Yards
    • Conv Rusher: CeeDee Lamb
    • Rusher: Tony Pollard
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
  • Match End


Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 23
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 37
  • San Francisco W 33 - 41
  • @Cincinnati W 30 - 7
  • @Baltimore L 17 - 34
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Cowboys @ Vikings 31-28
  • Vikings @ Cowboys 28-24
  • Cowboys @ Vikings 17-15
  • Vikings @ Cowboys 28-14
  • Vikings @ Cowboys 23-27
  • Cowboys @ Vikings 23-17
  • Cowboys @ Vikings 21-24
  • Cowboys @ Vikings 3-34
  • Cowboys @ Vikings 35-31
  • Vikings @ Cowboys 10-16

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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