The last offering in the NFL on Sunday comes along in the Sunday Night Football which this week comes from the AT&T Stadium as the Dallas Cowboys host the Minnesota Vikings in a clash between two sides who have more than an eye on their division title this term.
Dallas have improved recently to the tune of a 5-3 record heading into this match. The Minnesota Vikings head to Texas with a 6-3 record so this is a meeting of two of the best sides in the NFC at present.
It took a while to come but there appears to be a little bit of positivity and improvement on the Dallas Cowboys ranks after successive victories in the division in the last two weeks. That has made them a huge favourite to go on and win the NFC East but they need to keep their foot on the gas as the Philadelphia Eagles are still not too far behind them so the division is anything but won even allowing for the position they are in.
The reason why the Cowboys have come to the party recently has been the strength of their offense. Ezekiel Elliott has come to the boil nicely over the last few matches while Dak Prescott is getting good support from his wide receivers. If you wanted to be critical they haven’t beaten a whole lot before the Giants were awful and Philadelphia just didn’t turn up against them. Wins are wins though.
The Minnesota Vikings head to Dallas after seeing a four-match winning streak ended by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. That meant they passed up the opportunity to match the record of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North which will have really irked them and should have fired them up for a stronger challenge in this match. Minnesota have been having a few issues defensively this term and that hasn’t always helped them as you can imagine.
On the flip side of that the Vikings offense has come to the party in recent times, with Mike Zimmer finding ways of getting Kirk Cousins out of the pocket where he delivers the goods much better, with much more dramatic effects. Throw in the performances and record of Dalvin Cook and you have a strong side on offense, although they have had to be so far this terms. If they sort their defensive issues out they will be dangerous at the business end of the campaign.
I think this is a match where the offenses are likely to be more comfortable than the defences and as a result of that I think we’ll get a decent game, one which is relatively high scoring. Sometimes you can get matches where there are lots of offensive yards but not so many points but with two elite running backs to pound things in when their team is in the red some I’m expecting to see a number of points in this one.
The fact this is indoors should help the passing game of both teams and given the potential for them to run their opponent ragged I have to get on an offensive bet. The points line for this match is 47.5 and I’ve a feeling that could be a little on the low side. Three of Minnesota’s last four matches have gone over this line while Dallas have scored 37pts in each of their last two matches. I’ll play the over here.
WON – Back Over 47.5pts for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with BetVictor