The Dallas Cowboys head north to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday Night Football clash. The Cowboys will be competing on Thursday for the second week in a row after winning over Washington on Thanksgiving to go to 10-1 on the season. Week 13 brings an extra bonus for the Cowboys, the possibility that they can wrap up a playoff spot by the time Sunday is over.
Once again, the Cowboys will face one of the better defenses in the NFL. The Vikings are hanging on to playoff hopes based on the effectiveness of their defensive unit. They have a formidable defensive line with the ability to get after the quarterback. They also are very good against the run at their home stadium. So far, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and the rest of the Cowboys offense have passed every test this season, so there is the confidence they can move the ball and score on Minnesota's defense.
On offense, the Vikings are decimated by injury. Sam Bradford helped the the team navigate the early part of the season, but lately the wheels have started to come off. They are desperate to stay in the playoff race but they just don't have the firepower on offense to scare teams. They need help from their defense to set them up with opportunities to score. It's on special teams that they are most potent, they can score or set up short fields with superior return men.
Going on the road is never easy, and facing a tough defense can be tricky, but the Cowboys have a superior roster because of the injuries on the Vikings offense. If Dallas plays disciplined football and do not commit turnovers, they should prevail.
What You Need To Know
Date: December 1st, 2016
Game time: 8:25 PM EST
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium - Minneapolis, MN
TV channel: NBC/NFLN
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Streaming: NFL.com GamePass (audio during game, video after completion)
Cowboys record: (10-1)
Vikings record: (6-5)
Latest Injury report (Tuesday):
DNP - Did Not Practice
LP - Limited Practice
FP - Full Practice
Barry Church - S - Forearm - LP
Morris Claiborne - CB - Groin - OUT
Jack Crawford - DE - Foot - LP
Justin Durant - LB - Hamstring - DNP
Chaz Green - OT - Back - DNP
Tyron Smith - T - Back - LP
DeMarcus Lawrence - DE - Back - LP
Terrell McClain - DT - Thigh - LP
J.J. Wilcox - S - Thigh - DNP
Sean Lee - LB - Illness - DNP
Mackensie Alexander - CB - Groin - LP
Joe Berger - C - Concussion - DNP
Sam Bradford - QB - Ankle - LP
Stefon Diggs - WR - Knee - LP
Sharif Floyd - DT - Knee - DNP
Eric Kendricks - LB - Hip - LP
Captain Munnerlyn - CB - Ankle - LP
Marcus Sherels - CB - Rib - DNP
Harrison Smith - S - Ankle - LP
Odds: Dallas -3
Prediction: Dallas 21- Minnesota - 17
Enemy blog: Daily Norseman
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