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Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview and Predictions 11-10-2019


The Dallas Cowboys are back atop the NFC East, rebounding from a three-game losing streak to post lopsided victories over a pair of division opponents, including a 37-18 victory at the New York Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys hope to keep the momentum going Sunday night when they host the Minnesota Vikings, who had a four-game winning streak snapped last week.

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Dallas owns a half-game edge over Philadelphia in the division but faces a tough road with three of its next five away from home, including a visit to New England. "This is when you start playing your best football. It's second half of the season," tight end Jason Witten said. "We've got a lot of games coming up in a short amount of time. This is when you need to rattle off some wins." It's also a pivotal game for Minnesota, which is one game behind first-place Green Bay in the NFC North and holding down the final playoff slot with four of its last six at home, where the Vikings are 4-0. "It's an important game for us for sure," said Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, a former defensive assistant for 13 seasons with Dallas. "To go on the road and beat a good team is important for us."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Cowboys -3. O/U: 48

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (6-3): Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns last week, but he still has not guided Minnesota to a victory when trailing entering the fourth quarter, falling to 0-10-1 in such games after Kansas City kicked two field goals in the final 2 1/2 minutes last week. Cousins could be without one of his top targets as Adam Thielen aggravated a hamstring injury in Sunday's loss and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. His absence would mean a heavy workload for Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for nine touchdowns and an NFL-leading 894 yards. Minnesota ranks sixth in the league with 28.0 sacks, led by defensive end Danielle Hunter with 8.5.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (5-3): Dak Prescott is averaging 297.5 yards and completing 69.6 percent of his passes -- both career highs -- as he presides over an offense that tops the NFL with 436.8 yards per contest. Amari Cooper, the team leader with 701 yards and six touchdown receptions, was diagnosed with a bruised knee that prevented him from practicing Thursday but he is expected to play Sunday. Dallas also is expected to lean on the ground game as Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for at least 100 yards in three straight games, including 139 on 23 carries last week against the Giants. The Cowboys rank fifth in the league, surrendering an average of 17.8 points.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Minnesota is winless in its last 10 road games (0-9-1) versus teams with a winning record.

2. Prescott, who is 4-0 head-to-head against Cousins, has at least two TD passes in four straight versus NFC North foes.

3. Cousins has a 123.5 passer rating in his last three on the road, throwing nine TD passes and zero picks.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

Dallas Cowboys

  • Connor Williams

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Williams is sidelined after undergoing a knee scope, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Cameron Fleming

    Calf
    day-to-day | questionable

    Fleming has missed the last two games due to a calf injury., and it is undetermined if he will be available for Week 11 against the Lions.

  • Jeff Heath

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Heath left the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Week 11 against the Lions.

  • Jeff Heath

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Heath left the previous game with shoulder and knee injuries. He is expected to return for Sunday's contest versus the Vikings.

  • Sean Lee

    Pectoral
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lee is dealing with a pectoral injury, but he is likely to face the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Leighton Vander Esch

    Neck
    Prob Sun | probable

    Vander Esch sat out the previous game with a neck injury. It is projected that he will play against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Zack Martin

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Martin is battling injuries to his back and ankle. It is anticipated that he will be be active Sunday against the Vikings.

  • Tyron Smith

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith is bothered by an ankle injury, but he is projected to take the field against the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Trae Waynes

    Ankle
    day-to-day | probable

    Waynes missed the previous game due to an ankle injury, but he is expected to line up against the Broncos in Week 11.

  • Adam Thielen

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Thielen sat out the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up for Week 11 against the Broncos.

  • Josh Doctson

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 11 | I-R

    Doctson has hit the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after a hamstring injury. It is unclear if he will return to action Week 11 against the Broncos.

  • Linval Joseph

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Joseph is recovering for surgery to his meniscus, and he is expected to miss multiple weeks.

  • Josh Kline

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Kline departed the previous game with a concussion, and it has yet to be established if he will pass protocol in time for Week 11 versus the Broncos.

  • Stephen Weatherly

    Groin
    Prob Sun | probable

    Weatherly is battling a groin injury, but he is likely to line up against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • Ifeadi Odenigbo

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Odenigbo is dealing with a shoulder injury, but he is expected to suit up against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • C.J. Ham

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ham has an ankle injury, but will likely play Sunday against the Cowboys.

dallas-cowboys Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Dak Prescott 3 3 127.970 62 94 70 2 2 13 9 920
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Ezekiel Elliott 3 3 289 27 55 2
Tony Pollard 3 0 149 28 30 1
Dak Prescott 3 3 88 42 11 1
Randall Cobb 3 0 11 7 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Amari Cooper 3 3 238 45 16 21 4
Michael Gallup 2 2 226 62 13 15 0
Randall Cobb 3 0 116 25 11 15 1
Devin Smith 3 1 113 51 5 8 1
Jason Witten 3 3 94 33 10 12 2
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jaylon Smith 3 3 20 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leighton Vander Esch 3 3 14 7 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 0
Xavier Woods 2 2 13 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Byron Jones 3 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Jeff Heath 3 3 10 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Brett Maher 3 0 2 3 28 13 13
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Randall Cobb 3 0 2 0 11 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Chidobe Awuzie 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Demarcus Lawrence 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Amari Cooper 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 4
Brett Maher 3 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ezekiel Elliott 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jason Witten 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Blake Jarwin 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Cedrick Wilson 2 0 2 2 13 13
Randall Cobb 3 0 1 3 4 4
Tavon Austin 1 0 0 2 0 0

minnesota-vikings Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Kirk Cousins 3 3 86.872 61 63 37 2 2 8 3 502
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Dalvin Cook 3 3 375 75 57 4
Alexander Mattison 3 0 132 23 25 1
Kirk Cousins 3 3 37 11 12 1
Mike Boone 3 0 28 24 3 0
Ameer Abdullah 3 0 10 6 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Adam Thielen 3 3 173 35 11 16 2
Stefon Diggs 3 3 101 45 6 12 1
Dalvin Cook 3 3 79 18 9 10 0
Chad Beebe 3 0 70 61 2 2 0
Irv Smith Jr. 3 1 59 26 4 5 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Eric Kendricks 3 3 18 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Harrison Smith 3 3 16 4 1 1 1 13 4 0 0 1
Trae Waynes 3 3 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Anthony Barr 2 2 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
Danielle Hunter 3 3 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 26 5
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Dan Bailey 3 0 3 4 50 10 9
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Ameer Abdullah 3 0 1 0 25 25
Chad Beebe 3 0 1 0 13 13
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Kirk Cousins 3 3 4 1 0 0 1 0
Chad Beebe 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
Stefon Diggs 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Anthony Harris 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Garrett Bradbury 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Dalvin Cook 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 4
Adam Thielen 3 3 18 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dan Bailey 3 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Mattison 3 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kirk Cousins 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 4
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Chad Beebe 3 0 7 6 15 46