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Cowboys @ Vikings: What the experts are predicting about the game

Time to take a look at what the experts are predicting for this week’s Cowboys game.

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The Dallas Cowboys have had a week to rest up and prepare for a streaking Minnesota Vikings’ team that has pulled off three straight victories. Hopefully the Cowboys have figured out how they are going to stop the leading rusher in Dalvin Cook and a play-action passing game that has allowed quarterback Kirk Cousins to lead the league in passing yards per attempt. Can the Cowboys figure out the secret to beating this Vikings team?

Lets see what the NFL experts think about the Cowboys week eleven game versus the Minnesota Vikings.

ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio): Vikings 31, Cowboys 20

All things considered, America’s Team currently is performing roughly as well as the country for which it’s named.

Did someone in the Cowboys organization hurt Florio’s feelings? So much vitriol when he talks about them.

ProFootballTalk (Michael Smith): Vikings 30, Cowboys 14

The Vikings are making a strong push to get back into playoff contention after their disappointing start, and with an easy schedule they’ve got a good chance.

They are making a push but this feels like a trap game. (Gregg Rosenthal): Vikings 26, Cowboys 20

The Cowboys defense played its best two games of the season before the Week 10 bye, with Peak DeMarcus Lawrence joined by 2018 Randy Gregory, 2018 Leighton Vander Esch and surging rookie Neville Gallimore. All that and the return of Andy Dalton should help the Cowboys lose close games against quality teams, rather than being blown out. The Vikings are a quality team!

If this defense can continue their positive progress then they have a chance to get the upset win.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco): Vikings 23, Cowboys 14

The Vikings have won three straight to get back into playoff contention. The Cowboys are coming off a bye, while the Vikings played Monday night. The Dallas defense has continued to be a problem and the offense is limited without Dak Prescott. The Vikings defense has played much better in the past three games, and they will play well here again. Minnesota will win a fourth straight game.

Have you been watching the defense the last two games? It’s the offense that’s the issue right now.

Star Tribune (Mark Craig): Vikings 27, Cowboys 21

The Vikings are healthier, more confident and more in tune with their coaching staff. The Cowboys are, well, a mess. But this isn’t your typical 2-7 team that’s ready to lie down for its long winter’s nap. They’re just 1½ games out of first place in the NFC East, so expect some fight from the ‘Boys. Just don’t expect it to be very well coordinated by Mike McCarthy and Co.

Never doubt a Cowboys team’s confidence sir, you may have a eat those words.

CBS Sports (Will Brinson): Vikings 27, Cowboys 14

I keep saying this on the podcast every week but it’s imperative: over the next three weeks the Dalvin Cook rush yards over is free money. Assuming he is healthy they need to make it 125 yards to get me off it. Dallas, Jacksonville and Carolina? They are going to FEED Dalvin over the next three weeks. If they do, they’ll win. If they win, they’ll be 7-5. If they’re 7-5, they’re back in playoff contention. If they’re back in playoff contention, they can upset someone in the wild-card round. If they upset someone in the wild-card round, the Bucs can beat them by 25 in the divisional round. It’s set in stone. They’re slaughtering Dallas and Dalvin is going ham wild. Take the over on Alexander Mattison rushing yards too if you want. They’re all hitting. In all seriousness, the Vikings know how they’re getting back in this and it involves Dalvin getting 30 touches per game over the next month. They don’t feel bad because he got paid. It’s happening so just indulge yourself.

It’s funny how everyone seems to have the Vikings picking up an easy win this week.

Bleacher Report (NFL Staff): Vikings 30, Cowboys 17

In what appears to be one of the most lopsided in-game matchups of the week, the Minnesota Vikings’ third-ranked run game in terms of DVOA will go up against a Dallas Cowboys run defense that ranks 28th in that area.

With that in mind and the Vikings on fire in general right now, the vast majority of our correspondents are willing to lay a full touchdown with Minnesota in Dallas on Sunday.

“While the Vikings are on a roll with three straight wins, the Cowboys are pitching and lurching their way through a hot mess of a season,” Davenport said. “The Dallas O-line is bad. The defense is worse. Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen should be able to feast in this one. Minnesota is still trying to keep its playoff hopes alive, while Dallas is just trying to think of reasons not to fire Mike McCarthy after one year. Vikings roll.”

During that aforementioned streak, Cook has averaged a ridiculous 197 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns per game, while Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has recovered from a rough start with a 123.0 passer rating. It’s hard to imagine the putrid Dallas defense slowing those guys down, and an improved Minnesota D likely isn’t afraid of the depleted Cowboys offense.

But again, Gagnon is here to spoil everything.

“Cook might just light up a bad Dallas defense,” he said, “but we’re due for an appearance from bad Kirk Cousins. The Cowboys should also have both Andy Dalton and Chidobe Awuzie back after a bye week, which was preceded by a surprisingly competitive performance against the unbeaten Steelers. Plus, star guard Zack Martin is getting healthier as well. If they could hang with Pittsburgh then, they can hang with a Vikings team operating on short rest.”


Davenport: Minnesota

Gagnon: Dallas

Kahler: Minnesota

Miller: Minnesota

Sobleski: Minnesota

Tesfatsion: Minnesota

Consensus: Minnesota -7

Finally! I found someone that is taking the Cowboys this week.

It’s another week were the experts believe the Cowboys are going to take another loss. Well except for one writer who seems to like being the spoiler of the group. Good thing it doesn’t matter what they think, the Cowboys have a chance to win this game but they can’t have any mistakes.

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