NFL Betting Lines: Cowboys vs Vikings Week 6 Predictions

October 16th, 2010 by

cowboys vs vikingsThe playoffs may be too far out reach for either the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys or the 1-2 Minnesota Vikings but there’s still a matter of pride on the line for these two underachieving teams and if nothing else one of these squads should emerge from this matchup with a bit of dignity. The other team can more or less pack it in for the year as it will be all but impossible to come out of 1-4 deficits to make the playoffs in either the NFC North or NFC East.

Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 4:20 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Vikings as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.5.

But if any team can come from a 1-3 or a 1-4 record to reach the post season these would be two very strong candidates. After all these were two of the trendy picks in the NFL Gambling odds to win the Super Bowl heading into the 2010 season.

Without the deep threat of WR Sidney Rice the Vikings’ offense has struggled mightily. But with WR Randy Moss on board they have that threat again and this offense looks on the verge of being very potent once again, especially with the return of Percy Harvin.

The Cowboys offense will have its hands full trying to defend the Minnesota attack. Dallas ranks 12th in the NFL against both the run and the pass. Not all that impressive but in the top half of the league in both categories. However, where it matters most –on the scoreboard- this unit has struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone and is giving up 21.8 ppg. It’s also been terrible at creating TOs (just 2 INTs and 3 FFs). That will be a major issue against Minnesota which features the best running back in the game, Adrian Peterson (120.0 yards rushing per game), and dominate time of possession if the Cowboy’s defense can’t stop him.

On offense the Cowboys have an uphill battle as well against the 5th ranked defense in the NFL. Dallas has had trouble protecting Tony Romo from the blitz all season and in Minnesota he’ll face one of the best in the business.

The sports betting line is just 1.5 points but it’s hard to imagine the Cowboys coming close in this one if Favre is able to play at a reasonable level.

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