The Dallas Cowboys were off in Week 10, but the rest of their NFC East rivals sure weren’t. Amazingly as we enter Week 11 the division collectively has fewer combined wins (10) than the number of weeks of the NFL season.
Of course, division rivals losing (save for the New York Giants who only won because they were playing another team within the division in the Philadelphia Eagles) continues to breathe life into the idea that Dallas can be the team to put on some caps and t-shirts closer to Christmas time.
If the Cowboys were to somehow find a way to magically put it together in order to accomplish this, they are going to have to start winning some football games. Dallas visits the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10 and one oddsmaker thinks it is going to be rather difficult for them to come out on top.
The Cowboys have opened up as 8.5-point underdogs to the Vikings
When you look at the post-bye schedule for the Cowboys, there are few teams that truly strike fear in opponents. Of course, this assumes that you are talking about a team that is capable of taking advantage of weaker groups, and the Cowboys have not shown an ability to do that so far in 2020.
The Minnesota Vikings were off to a lowly start but do look a tiny bit better as of late (winning at Lambeau Field will have that sort of effect). Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is one of the best in the NFL at his position and the prospect of stopping him is a daunting one; oddsmakers seemingly agree. Our friends at BetOnline have the Cowboys opening as 8.5-point underdogs to the Vikings.
Prior to their game against the Steelers, the Cowboys had amazingly managed to not beat the spread in a single one of their games. That drought ended the day that the world got to know Garrett Gilbert with a star on his helmet, but admittedly 8.5 points is a lot.
There are obviously those who will do different things with this information and for what it’s worth I like the Cowboys on this line as they have had the extra week to put together a proper game plan. What’s more is that the Vikings will be coming off of a short week as they are playing on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 10.
For what it’s worth, Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers teams were 9-4 in games immediately following the bye week. He mentioned during the lead-up to the Steelers game that the team would practice his “across the hall” strategy during the off week where the offensive coaches would work with the defensive players and vice versa, all of that has to help, right?