Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys: Preview and Pick
8 Replies | 306 ViewsOn 10/29/2013 06:53 PM in NFL
The Dallas Cowboys are once again a team in disarray. After some big wins against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins to grab sole possession in the horrid NFC East, the Cowboys stumbled in a game they should have won against the Detroit Lions. Dez Brant exploded off the field and the Cowboys defense exploded on the field. Now they will have to regroup and get ready to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a big game this week that the Cowboys will need to win.
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys Odds
The NFL opening point spread for the game shows that the Cowboys are a huge favorite as it opened with the home team as double digit favorites. The Cowboys are (-10.5) point favorites and that line is scheduled to only go higher and higher as over 70 percent of the betting public is backing the home team. This line should be looked at before placing a wager so make sure to check your online sportsbook.
The Vikings need to start running the ball. Adrian Peterson has recorded 13 or fewer rushes in 3 straight games, tied for the longest streak in his career; also recorded 13 or fewer rushes in Week 11, 15, and 16 in 2011. ** Please note: In 2011 Week 11, Peterson left the game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury and did not play again until Week 15). The Cowboys will have to protect their quarterback.
Tony Romo wasn't sacked Sunday, but he was put under duress on 38% of his total dropbacks. That's the highest pressure rate for Romo in a game this season (season average: 22% of dropbacks). If they can keep Romo up they should win this game.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveals that both teams have some negative trends entering this game. The Vikings are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 against the NFC. The Cowboys are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-5 ATS when playing a team with a losing record.
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.