Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings (8:20 p.m. EST Sunday)
This is undoubtedly the matchup of the weekend in the division. We’d argue that Colts-Titans should be flexed to Sunday Night Football instead of this game, but beggars can’t be choosers and Dallas is typically entertaining in primetime.
The Cowboys will play the 3-3 Vikings on Sunday, marking the third time these teams have locked horns in as many seasons. Minnesota won the 2019 matchup, while Dallas took last year’s showdown.
The Cowboys are 2.5-road favorites, according to WynnBET. That seems accurate. Dak Prescott is playing at an MVP level. Ezekiel Elliot looks as good as ever. We don’t have enough time to rattle through all of their weapons on offense, but let’s just say some of their backups (Tony Pollard, Dalton Schultz, etc.) are better than some of Washington’s first-stringers. Hiring Dan Quinn has been a revelation for the defense, which is tied for second in the NFL in forced turnovers.
Minnesota is no slouch, though and they’ll have the backing of what is always a raucous US Bank Stadium. Kirk Cousins is ninth in the NFL right now in passer rating (105.4). Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are all superstars and could give the Cowboys’ defense serious fits.
Expect this to be a high-scoring matchup. It could be a case of whoever has the ball lasts wins. Keep an eye on Prescott’s calf, too. We highly doubt it’s fully healed, but his lack of mobility could be a key storyline.
Assuming Dak pays, we’re picking Dallas to pull out a 35-30 barnburner. If he doesn’t, Minny wins 30-24.