Cowboys-Vikings showdown: A coin flip?

One underachieving 1-3 QB against

Another underachieving 1-3 QB

The NFL Sports Book lines are out for us to comment on our NFL Betting Podcast , and one of the most intriguing games comes Sunday afternoon from Minneapolis, MN. With both the Vikings and Cowboys desperate for a win, who’ll come out victorious?

The Vikings enter this game off a near Monday night shocker, where they lost to the Jets 29-20. Despite falling behind early, they rallied for 20 second half points, and if it wasn’t for a late Brett Favre interception returned for a touchdown, Minnesota might’ve won the game. However, if there is one sign of hope for Vikings fans, it’s that their new receiver looked sharp in limited time.

That receiver is Randy Moss, and after coming over from New England, the veteran needed no time to show that he is still one of the stars in the league. On Monday night, Moss caught four balls for 81 yards and a touchdown. Factor him in with Adrian Peterson and the running game, and all of a sudden, Minnesota’s offense is looking just good enough that they might be able to get the win Sunday.

Speaking of teams needing a win, the Cowboys are desperate for an NFL Sports Book victory as well.

Like Minnesota, the Cowboys came into the season as Super Bowl favorites, and are now battling just to stay relevant in their own division.

For Dallas, the problem has been finding a running game around quarterback Tony Romo and the passing attack. Now granted, you don’t get to 1-3 without everyone struggling, and Romo is certainly as to blame as anyone. He has thrown just seven touchdowns and added five interceptions on the year. Of course it doesn’t help that this running game is making Dallas totally one-dimensional on offense. Currently, the Cowboys rank just 24th in the NFL in rushing, averaging just 95 yards per game.

Despite it, what this one will come down to is defense for both sides. And despite being on the road, take the Cowboys.

Dallas hasn’t been all that bad on the defensive side of the ball, and the 308 yards per game they’re allowing ranks them eighth in the league. What this really comes down to is being able to get pressure on quarterback Brett Favre, and making him make bad decisions.

So far in 2010, Favre has been up to his usual “gun-slinger,” ways, and it has cost him, as the 40-year-old has thrown five touchdowns, and just seven interceptions, including the costly one against the Jets Monday. If he does play Sunday (and with an injured elbow there’s no guarantee he will), the Cowboys should be able to get a solid pass rush on him, especially with All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who already has six sacks on the season.

In the end, with Favre at less than 100 percent and the Vikings reeling, it’s hard to see them making a strong play here. Take the Cowboys Sunday. They haven’t been great all season, but will be when it counts this weekend. Make them your NFL Sports Book pick.

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One Response to “Cowboys-Vikings showdown: A coin flip?”

  1. If Favre’s elbow is healthy for the game, the Vikings should be able to take care of the Cowboys. If the elbow prevents him from completing short passes like the ones against the Jets, they will struggle to compete. Moss is going to help the offense and force defenses to pick between shutting down the pass and the run.