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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

  • Taco Charlton

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Charlton missed the last game with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Browns on Sunday.

  • Xavier Woods

    Finger
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Woods is dealing with a dislocated finger, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Patriots on Sunday.

  • Amari Cooper

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Cooper is projected to play Sunday against the Patriots despite a lingering knee injury.

  • Adam Redmond

    Back
    I-R | I-R

    Redmond has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a back injury.

  • Jeff Heath

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Heath missed the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Sunday against the Patriots.

  • Anthony Brown

    Tricep
    I-R | I-R

    Brown has been sent to the injured reserve list due to surgery to fix a torn triceps.

  • Noah Brown

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Brown has been placed on the PUP list while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

  • La'el Collins

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Collins exited the last game due to a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Patriots.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Adam Thielen

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 13 | questionable

    Thielen has sat out the last two games with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Week 13 against the Seahawks.

  • Anthony Harris

    Groin
    Ques Week 13 | questionable

    Harris sat out the last game due to a groin injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Seahawks during Week 13.

  • Harrison Smith

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 13 | questionable

    Smith was lifted from the previous game with a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will participate in Week 13 against the Seahawks.

  • Josh Kline

    Concussion
    Ques Week 13 | questionable

    Kline missed the previous game with a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will pass protocol in time for Week 13 versus the Seahawks.

  • Ben Gedeon

    Concussion
    Ques Week 13 | questionable

    Gedeon left the last game with a concussion, leaving his status for Week 13 against the Seahawks up in the air.

  • Brett Jones

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Jones is on injured reserve with a knee injury.

  • Shamar Stephen

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Stephen has a knee injury, but he is projected to play Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Josh Doctson

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Doctson has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after a hamstring injury. It is projected that he will return to action Sunday against the Broncos.

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