NFL Sunday Night Week 11: Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/21/2020, 8:35 AM EST
Nov 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) finds daylight between Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) and cornerback Josh Jackson (37) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Coach Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings are 3rd in the NFC North Division table behind rivals Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The home team will take solace from last Sunday’s win over the Bears.

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Meanwhile, Mike McCarthy’s first season with Dallas Cowboys is turning out to be a nightmare. In addition to Dak Prescott and Trevon Diggs, the Cowboys have been hit with multiple injuries in the build-up to this weekend’s clash at the US Bank Stadium.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 11 Game Day predictions.

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The Kirk Cousins-led Minnesota Vikings start as favourites on Sunday

The pressure is on Mike Zimmer to add to his team’s win tally against a hurting Dallas Cowboys outfit. Franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins, in particular, will be at the centre of attention, as will rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

In addition to that, the pressure will be on experienced Vikings stars, WR Adam Thielen and RB Dalvin Cook. Cook has been one of the best running backs in the NFL this season.

He has rushed for 950+ yards with 12 rushing touchdowns over the course of the last 9 games. Minnesota Vikings fans will hope that their star player can add to that tally against a misfiring Cowboys defence on Sunday.

Can Mike McCarthy lead the Dallas Cowboys to a much-needed win?

The Jerry Jones-owned Dallas Cowboys are currently sitting at the bottom of the NFC East Division table with just 2 wins from 9 games. The Cowboys remain winless since losing star quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury in Week 5.

Backup quarterback Andy Dalton is set to return from a nasty concussion injury suffered in Week 6. Pressure will be on veteran Cowboy stars, RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper. Both these big names have underperformed in 2020.

Can they silence their doubters with a strong display against the Vikings at the US Bank Stadium on Sunday?

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NFL Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys Injury Updates

Minnesota – Out

G Ezra Cleveland – Ankle

Questionable

TE Irv Smith Jr. – Groin

CB Cameron Dantzler – Concussion

Dallas – Out

T Tyler Biadasz  – Hamstring

Questionable

DE Randy Gregory – Illness

DE DeMarcus Lawrence – Illness

Vikings vs Cowboys Prediction

Minnesota Vikings 35 – 20 Dallas Cowboys

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Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

We’re going to stick with a safe bet and go with coach Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings for this tie. The NFC North big boys are certainly underperforming this season.

However, many will agree that even they can outplay the crestfallen Dallas Cowboys. Unless, of course, there’s another surprise up Mike McCarthy’s sleeve.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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