The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to face the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon in the featured late-afternoon game in Week 11 of the 2022 NFL season.
The game was listed as pick ’em last week. The Cowboys are now the betting favorite ranging from 1-1.5 points at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet.
Here’s a look at the latest Cowboys vs. Vikings odds and a prediction.
Cowboys vs. Vikings Betting Line: Point Spread, Moneyline, Total
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NFL · Sun (11/20) @ 4:25pm ET
|U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
Cowboys Have Enjoyed Recent Success vs. Vikings
The Cowboys (6-3 overall, 6-3 ATS) are making their third trip to Minnesota (8-1 overall, 4-4-1 ATS) in as many years, but this will be the first time not coming off a bye week.
When they met last season, with both teams having just had a week off, Dallas prevailed 20-16 as a 4.5-point underdog behind backup QB Cooper Rush, who was making his first career start in place of the injured Dak Prescott.
A year earlier, the Cowboys not only had the advantage of having an extra week to prepare but went against a Vikings team that was working on short rest after playing a MNF road game. Dallas won 31-28 as a 7-point underdog.
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Speaking of 31-28, that was the score Dallas lost by in Green Bay last Sunday after squandering a 28-14 fourth-quarter advantage and falling in overtime. It was the biggest blown lead by the Cowboys in a defeat during coach Mike McCarthy’s three-year reign.
Minnesota, meanwhile, just won at Buffalo 33-30 in overtime in what has been labeled an instant classic. Much like the Minneapolis Miracle of five years earlier, it appeared the Vikings were doomed to lose in the waning seconds. That was until Bills QB Josh Allen fumbled in his end zone on first down in the final minute of regulation, and Minnesota recovered for a TD and took the lead. Morale has to be through the roof in Minnesota.
The Cowboys and Vikings are both thriving on offense but they’re not as effective on defense.
Dallas WR CeeDee Lamb had his first 100-yard game last week (150) on a season-high 11 catches, two for TDs. And Tony Pollard, who has been the lead RB while Ezekiel Elliott nurses an ankle injury, has had back-to-back games of 131 and 115 yards. Elliott remains questionable.
Minnesota has been led on the ground by Dalvin Cook, the league’s eighth leading rusher with 727 yards and six TDs. Complementing him at receiver is the dynamic Justin Jefferson, who had a career-best 193 receiving yards last week in Buffalo on 10 catches.
In last year’s game vs. Dallas, though, he had a career-worst 21 yards on two catches off four targets while being shadowed largely by Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, have excelled behind Prescott, scoring 13 TDs in the three games since he returned from thumb surgery. He did have two brutal interceptions in the Green Bay game that helped cost Dallas a victory.
Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins is having a strong season, as well. But his season-high 357 passing yards last week are misleading, since he had only a 71.8 passer rating, second worst of the season.
Cowboys vs. Vikings Prediction
A weakness for the Cowboys that could prove costly is their run defense, as they’ve allowed more than 200 rushing yards in each of the past two games after not having yielded that many in a game since 2020.
Last week, Green Bay had 207 yards on 39 carries. A week earlier, Chicago had 240 on 43 rushes. Over those two weeks, that comes out to 5.5 yards a carry. Analysts have commented on the Cowboys’ lack of depth at linebacker as the cause.
With Dallas surely paying even more attention to containing Jefferson this year, Cook should find similar running room that allowed him to gain a season-high 119 yards against Buffalo’s eighth-ranked rush defense. Dallas ranks 29th in that category.
Forecast: Vikings 29, Cowboys 21