Cowboys favored to beat Vikings in Minneapolis this week
What? Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are 2-point favorites over the Minnesota Vikings for their Week 11 showdown at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Vikings are coming off a thrilling win in Buffalo that saw them move up to 8-1, while the Cowboys lost a disappointing overtime loss to the Packers under Mike McCarthy’s new head coach at Lambeau Field.
Usually, the home team gets 3 points in the odds. If this game were played at Jerry World in Dallas, then the Cowboys would likely be a 5-point favorite.
Dallas has a record of 6-3. They went 4-1 with Cooper Rush as quarterback and are now 2-2 with Dak Preston under center. The Vikings were lucky to win Sunday’s game in Buffalo. They held a strong Bills offense to just six points in the second period.
Josh Allen made two poor interceptions in the endzone and then fumbled the ball for the amazing Vikings touchdown. However, Vikings defenders had to make the plays. That’s exactly what the Vikings did all season.
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Minnesota is 8 in turnover margin, ranking second in the NFL behind the Eagles ( 15). Dallas is fourth at 6.
What’s even more shocking is that Dallas was favored by the Packers. Green Bay ran the ball down Dallas’ throat throughout the day, racking up 207 yardage. Green Bay chose to throw the ball with Aaron Rodgers, two-time reigning MVP. If rookie Christian Watson can run for 100 yards as well as three touchdowns, how will Dallas stop Justin Jefferson in Minnesota. We’ll see if the odds of Vegas changing over the next week, but it’s clear that Vegas hasn’t bought into the Vikings hype.
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