Football picksOctober 26, 2021

Cowboys vs. Vikings Predictions, Picks & Odds Week 8

The 5-1 Cowboys head up to Minnesota to take on the 3-3 Vikings

Cowboys vs. Vikings Preview

Both team are coming off a bye week so plenty of time to prepare for each team. The Vikings beat the Panthers in OT before entering the bye, while the Cowboys beat the Patriots in OT as well. The game kicks off Sunday @ 8:20 PM EST (Halloween Night) and the Cowboys have opened as -2.5 point favorites.

The Vikings season so far has been a rollercoaster and all of their games this season have been close. With the results of Week 7 across the league, Minnesota finds themselves in the 7th seed of the playoffs. Good position to be in after starting 1-3 but with 11 more weeks to go, the mission of making the postseason is far away. The top teams in the NFC seem set and it would be hard to imagine anyone pushing up into the top 4 spots. The biggest threat to the Vikings postseason run looks to be the Saints and the Falcons as we enter Week 8.

Kirk Cousins has been playing the best ball of his career, throwing for 1,769 passing yards (294.8 per game) and a 69.5% completion percentage, tossing 13 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Kirk has also been spreading the ball out, finding 6 different receivers for TD’s so far. Adam Thielen has five of those touchdown catches which leads the team. Dalvin Cook has been putting on another bellcow season for Minnesota, rushing for a team-leading 366 yards on 80 carries (61.0 yards per game) while scoring two touchdowns.

The Cowboys have been on fire this season, looking to extend their win streak to 6 games in a row. After losing Week 1 to the defending Super Bowl champs the Cowboys have rattled off 5 straight wins including a tough OT win vs. the Pats in Week 6. Dak Prescott has posted 1,813 passing yards (302.2 per game) with a 73.1% completion percentage (158-for-216) while tossing 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 70 yards on the ground via 22 carries.

The effectiveness of Zeke and Pollard has opened up the passing game for Dak. Ezekiel Elliott has put up a team-high 521 yards (86.8 per game) and scored five touchdowns. He also averages 17.5 receiving yards, grabbing 16 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. Tony Pollard has run for 366 yards (61.0 per game), with one touchdown on the ground while catching 15 passes for 115 yards.

For Dallas, Trevon Diggs leads the team with seven interceptions (First in NFL) and has added 23 tackles and 11 passes defended. He is on pace to become the Defensive Player of the Year. Though he is a bright spot of the Cowboys, the rest of the team are having a rough season. The Cowboys pass rush is one of the NFL’s worst, ranking 27th with 11 sacks this season, while the Vikings offense is one of the best at protecting the passer, giving up only nine (third in the league). Dallas’ defense allows 311.2 yards through the air per game (30th in the NFL). Minnesota’s 296.7 passing yards per game is sixth in the league.

Minnesota’s defense hasn’t looked that great either. The Vikings give up 4.8 yards per rushing attempt (29th in the NFL). The Cowboys are third in rushing, averaging 5.1 per carry. Dallas’ running game ranks second in the NFL (164.3 yards per game). Minnesota allows 128.0 rushing yards per game (26th). Minnesota’s defense ranks 16th in yards allowed per game (358.3), while Dallas’ offense is first in the league at 460.8 yards per game.

Cowboys vs. Vikings Odds

Moneyline: DAL: (-146) | MIN: (+124)

Spread: DAL: -2.5 (-110) | MIN: +2.5 (-110)

Total: 54.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Cowboys vs. Vikings Prediction

This is not an official pick:

The Cowboys have been very impressive on offense this season but the defense has some holes. The Vikings can score with the best of them but the defense has been suspect as well. Lean with the Vikings plus the points and also the Over.