There’s never a good time for an injury, but since players get hurt I guess it’s better to happen before an off week. The Dallas Cowboys are hopeful to have Dak Prescott available for their Week 8 Sunday Night Football matchup with the Minnesota Vikings after he was hurt on the game-winning play against New England.
The bye gave the Dallas medical staff additional time to get Prescott ready and it’s obvious what Dak means to the club. Since dropping their opener the Boys have reeled off five consecutive victories covering the line in all six games, and they’ve taken control of the NFC East. Dallas opened as a slim 1-point favorite on the NFL betting line to win its sixth straight game.
The Week 8 NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 31 and will be televised on NBC.
Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Viking Odds
Dallas Cowboys -1 | Minnesota Vikings +1 [BET NOW]
Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Viking Money/Line
Dallas Cowboys -124 | Minnesota Vikings +104 [BET NOW]
Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Viking Over/Under
Over/Under 54.5 [BET NOW]
There’s been no movement on the line with the Cowboys positioned as a 1-point road favorite. Both clubs had a bye last week and it’s looking more and more like Prescott will play. His status could be holding bettors back as they wait for confirmation from the team.
With Dak the favorite for Comeback Player of the Year, the Boys are rolling with five consecutive SU wins while being the most profitable team in the NFL with a 6-0 ATS ledger. The Vikings entered their bye on a 2-game winning streak and are 7-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight post-bye home games. The total spiked to 54.5 after hitting the board at 52.5.
We expected the Cowboys would be much improved with Prescott around for an entire season. The team struggled offensively when their QB was hurt last season and keeping him healthy is a top priority. Prescott has been money all season throwing for over 1,800 yards with 16 touchdowns while completing over 73 percent of his throws. Everything on the offense is connected with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combing for nearly 900 rushing yards giving Dallas the top running attack in the league.
With all their offensive weapons the Boys are going to go out and score as many points as they can to beat opponents. The strategy has worked with four consecutive games of 35 or more points making Dallas the highest scoring team in the NFL. That’s why they’ve cashed the OVER in four straight and five of six games this season.
That could all change if Prescott has a setback. He’s preparing to play, but according to Mike McCarthy Dak needs to “cross the threshold” in order to take the field. The coach failed to define the threshold. There have been improvements on defense, but that’s not hard since the team was putrid last year. The Boys have allowed opponents to score at least 20 points in the last four games.
Despite their records there are a lot of similarities between the teams. They both had a bye last week after winning the previous game in overtime with a walkoff touchdown. They also have one common opponent that they beat by a nearly identical score. Kirk Cousins threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns against Carolina’s top ranked pass defense, including the game winner in overtime for a 34-28 win. The Cowboys rushed for 245 yards in their 36-28 win over the Panthers in Week 4.
Mike Zimmer knows the importance of playing defense in the NFL, but it’s the offense that has the Vikings riding their first winning streak of the season with wins in three of their last four games. If not for a breakdown by the group against Cleveland the Vikes could easily be riding a four-game winning streak. And that inconsistency on offense has been a problem.
The Vikings are accustomed to playing close games with five of their six games decided by one score. All three losses have come by a combined 11 points, including a 1-point thriller to the only unbeaten team Arizona. While the Vikings have dropped three of the last four meetings with Dallas they are 3-1 ATS in those games with five covers in the previous six encounters.
Cowboys vs Vikings Prediction
The Cowboys are playing just enough defense to be dangerous. And if Prescott stays healthy they have a great chance at winning their division and getting back to the playoffs. I wonder about this game, though. Do they risk further injury to Prescott by playing him?
Dallas has a nice lead in the division and things definitely turn in favor of Minnesota if that’s the case. You’d be better off waiting to throw down on this game. I don’t have that luxury and since it looks like Dak is going to play I have to back the visitors.
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys -1 and UNDER 54.5
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