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NFL Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020

by Ayden Fahlstrom | November 22, 2020 |

The 2-7 Dallas Cowboys look to get back in the NFC East race in a Sunday matchup against the red-hot Minnesota Vikings.

The 4-5 Vikings have won three straight games and are in the mix for the NFC wildcard spot if they can continue their winning ways.

The Cowboys are coming off a bye and are expected to get quarterback Andy Dalton back from a concussion. The Vikings won on Monday Night Football over the Bears, 19-13.

Minnesota is currently 7-point favorites for the 4:25 PM Sunday game.

Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview: Disappointment, But Potential Remains

Dallas has had an extremely disappointing year, with injuries at the quarterback position and a poor defense. It’s the defense that continues to cripple the team’s chances of success.

Coming into this Week 11 contest, the Cowboys have the 28th ranked run defense, according to DVOA, and the 18th ranked pass defense. Neither unit has had success, and they’ll struggle to keep up with a balanced Minnesota offensive attack.

Dalton is back at quarterback after taking a brutal hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic a few weeks ago. 

The team has a wide receiver room full of potential. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb are as strong of a group as any in the NFL, and the three should have opportunities going against a weak Minnesota secondary.

Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview: Offensive Versatility

The Vikings' three-game win streak has been off the back of running back Dalvin Cook. On the year, Cook has 1,143 total yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns.

The Vikings have the third strongest run unit in the NFL, going against the 28th ranked run defense. It’s a clear advantage for Minnesota, and Cook’s yards are a player prop to keep an eye on for Sunday.

Elsewhere for the Vikings' offense are the receiving duo of Adam Thielen (nine touchdowns) and rookie Justin Jefferson (762 yards). The two have had great success this year and get a soft Dallas secondary. The entire Vikings offense is appealing from a player prop view.

The Vikings' weaknesses lie in the trenches. According to Pro Football Focus, the pass blocking comes in at 27th in the league, while the pass rush comes in even worse: 30th.

The Dallas offensive line has been decimated by injuries but has had time to settle in, so not having the potential to take advantage of the Dallas shuffling line could be an issue.

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Odds & Lines

GTBets has the line at Vikings -7. The Vikings are 6-3 ATS, while the Cowboys are just 1-8 ATS.

Free Betting Pick

The Cowboys have been awful all year, and there isn’t much indication that anything has changed.

The Dallas defense is still as bad as it comes, and the Vikings have been rolling. The Minnesota offense has weapons throughout and should be able to make the most of a soft matchup.

The -7 is a manageable spread for the far superior Minnesota team.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Vikings -7

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