Week 11 Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikingsby Logan Lockhart November 19, 2020 1 comment
The 2-7 Dallas Cowboys will return to action this Sunday after its bye week and look to end the Minnesota Vikings’ three-game winning streak. In Week 11 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, there will be two streaks on the line一 the aforementioned Vikings win-streak, and the Cowboys four-game losing one.
Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton has been medically cleared and is expected to make his first start since Dallas’ rock-bottom game in Washington. The former Bengals signal-caller has made two starts for his hometown team in 2020. If Sunday’s game in Minneapolis resembles Dalton’s two starts against Arizona and Washington, then expect Garrett Gilbert to see the field.
Kirk Cousins is finally off the schedule in Monday Night Football contests. After losing his first eight games on the primetime stage, Cousins rallied the Vikings to defeat the Bears 19-13 in Week 10. The dismal 1-5 start to the Vikings 2020 campaign has all but been erased thanks in large part to running back Dalvin Cook. With a win on Sunday, Minnesota will improve to 5-5, and overtake Chicago for second in the NFC North. It’s no secret that Dallas’ run defense in 2020 has been subpar. Cook’s 5.5 yards per carry and league-leading 852 yards from scrimmage is as unfavorable of a matchup as the Cowboys can have.
Date: November 22, 2020
Start Time: 3:25 P.M. CST
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Betting Odds Sponsored by Jazz Sportsbook
Points Spread: DAL +7 (-110) | MIN -7 (-110)
Moneyline: DAL +270 | MIN -345
Over/Under: O 48.5 (-110) | U 48.5 (-110)
The Cowboys have only covered the spread once all season, that being in Gilbert’s first career NFL start in Week 9 against Pittsburgh. The slight improvement on both sides of the ball for Dallas is evident. But with Dalton back under center, memories of an incohesive offense may return. Expecting a shootout between the Vikings and Cowboys at this point would be a stretch.
At face value, a matchup between Cook and Ezekiel Elliott is as good as it gets in the backfield. But with Elliott’s struggles and Cook putting up numbers reminiscent of Adrian Peterson’s MVP year eight years ago, the Vikings have the edge on the ground. There are simply too many questions about the Cowboys on both sides of the ball. For Minnesota, their bid to be one of the three wild card teams in the NFC will only be validated if they take care of business at home against the woeful Dallas squad.
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 16, Minnesota Vikings 24