Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings: 11/22/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Vikings (4-5) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Game Info: Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Vikings -9.5 -- Over/Under: 50 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Dallas Cowboys will travel to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Dallas Cowboys lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-7 on the season after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-19, on November 8th. Dallas gave the undefeated Steelers a run for their money as the Cowboys were up 19-9 going into the 4th quarter, however, Dallas had no answers defensively for Pittsburgh the rest of way and allowed the Steelers to score 15 unanswered points to get the come from behind victory. Dallas outgained Pittsburgh by a 364-355 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 in the loss. Leading the way for the Cowboys was QB Garrett Gilbert who completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards, TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Dallas is averaging 22.7 ppg on 419.0 total yards per game (309.0 passing yds/g; 110.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Dallas is led by RB Ezekiel Elliott who has 572 rushing yards & 5 TD’s on 150 carries while also hauling in 36 receptions for 238 yards & 1 TD. Dallas has used a few QB’s since losing Dak Prescott for the season due to injury and should be with Andy Dalton (61.2 Comp %, 452 yards, TD, 3 INT) for this matchup who returned to practice recently after dealing with a concussion and Covid-19 issues. The top receiver threats for the Cowboys have been Amari Cooper (59 rec, 655 yards, 2 TD), CeeDee Lamb (44 rec, 595 yards, 3 TD), Michael Gallup (29 rec, 468 yards, TD), and Dalton Schultz (35 rec, 383 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Dallas is allowing their opponents to average 32.2 ppg on 391.4 total yards per game (234.4 passing yds/g; 157.0 rushing yds/g).
The Minnesota Vikings won their 3rd straight game and improved to 4-5 on the season after defeating the Chicago Bears, 19-13, this past Monday night. Minnesota was outstanding defensively against the Bears and was able to hold off the Bears late after Adam Thielen’s 2nd TD on the season gave the Vikings a 19-12 lead with 10:06 left in the game. Minnesota outgained Chicago by a 385-149 margin and forced two Chicago turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Justin Jefferson who had 8 receptions for 135 yards.
On the season, Minnesota is averaging 26.2 ppg on 392.1 total yards per game (238.6 passing yds/g; 153.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Minnesota is led by Dalvin Cook who has 954 rushing yards & 12 TD on 174 carries. Cook has also hauled in 20 receptions for 189 yards & 1 TD. QB Kirk Cousins has completed 66.1% of his passes for 2,147 yards (244.6 yds/g), 17 TD, & 11 INT. The top receiving threats for the Vikings have been Justin Jefferson (42 rec, 762 yards, 3 TD), Adam Thielen (41 rec, 523 yards, 9 TD), and Kyle Rudolph (18 rec, 238 yards, TD).
Defensively, Minnesota is allowing their opponents to average 27.4 ppg on 394.2 total yards per game (278.6 passing yds/g; 115.7 rushing yds/g).
The Cowboys are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Vikings are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
These are two teams heading in very different directions as the Cowboys look lost on both sides of the ball while the Vikings have fought themselves back into playoff contention. Dallas comes into this game ranked 31st in rushing defense which should lead to a huge game by Cook and as the Minnesota defense is holding their opponents to less than 20 ppg during their 3-game winning streak, I think Minnesota does enough at home to win this one by double-digits and covers this spread. Good Luck!