Vikings vs. Cowboys Week 8 Bets, Prescott will be a game-time decision vs. Vikings
We would have liked to begin by saying that the Dallas Cowboys are hot, while the Minnesota Vikings are not. But lo and behold, the Vikings have won two games in a row to keep themselves relevant. So this Sunday Night Football contest is something critical for them. BetAnySports customers can see it beginning at 8:20 PM ET at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Vikings beat struggling Detroit and Carolina teams to get to 3-3. They’ve been involved in some hairy stuff this season, including an overtime defeat at the hands of Cincinnati and a one-point loss to the Arizona Cardinals. They are very much alive for a second wild card spot.
The Cowboys have things a little smoother at the moment. They’re 5-1, with a 3.5-game lead over the field in the weak NFC East. Dak Prescott has come back from his ankle injury better than anybody thought he would. To date, he has thrown 16 touchdowns and completed 73%. But while the ankle isn’t bothering him anymore, there’s another problem he’s dealing with, as we’ll talk about in a moment.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys Odds
At BetAnySports, the Vikings are listed as the favorite:
|Cowboys||+2½ ( -110 )||52 ( -110 )||+115|
|Vikings||-2½ ( -110 )||52 ( -110 )||-135|
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Dallas Cowboys – Will Prescott play, or won’t he?
The Cowboys’ quarterback situation is a little up in the air right now. Will Prescott suffered a calf strain against New England. And he’s had a hard time getting over it. He hasn’t been going through full practices; only walkthroughs this past week.
It is a game-time decision as to whether he can play. Coach Mike McCarthy will put him through a little routine a couple of hours before the kickoff. If he can’t go, the Cowboys will turn to Cooper Rush, who has been taking all the snaps with the first-team.
This is Rush’s second tour of duty with the Cowboys. He came to Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2017, out of Central Michigan. That season he threw three passes, but none since. So obviously it’s a trip into the great unknown with this kid.
Oddsmakers seemingly don’t expect Prescott to make post, which is why Minnesota is listed as the favorite.
Minnesota Vikings – Cousins needs to produce
That statement is obvious. Just a couple of seasons ago, the Vikings were running the ball almost 50% of the time. It’s not that way anymore. Part of that involves the status of Dalvin Cook, who when healthy is one of the elite backs in the game.
Cook is averaging almost 4.6 yards per attempt. And when he hasn’t been able to play, Alex Mattison hasn’t been bad, but it’s clearly a downgrade.
Sure, the Vikings believe they can run on the Dallas defense. But it is Cousins who will have to shoulder most of the load. He hasn’t chewed up a lot of territory (7.3 yards an attempt), but he is very accurate (almost 70%), so they are going to wind up playing “small ball” to an extent.
With Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson (935 yards between them), Cousins has one of the better wide receiver tandems in the league to throw to.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Pick
Much of this hinges upon whether Prescott passes the pre-game test. If he can play, at a reasonably high level, the Cowboys can win this and cover. If Rush gets the call, Dallas can’t be a dependable play. McCarthy has said something along the lines of “there’s a lot of football left to play.” This seems to indicate that they will use extra caution before allowing Prescott to play.
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