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Week 13 TNF Preview

By Dawni - 8 years ago in NFL News

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings

8:25PM EST at U.S. Bank Stadium

Dal -3 O/U 44

Week 13 Thursday Night Football Preview

The Minnesota Vikings (6-5) will host the Dallas Cowboys (10-1) for yet another primetime game at U.S. Bank Stadium. This will be the 30th time these teams have met, with the Cowboys leading the series 15-14. The Vikings are in second place in the NFC North and still very much in the Wildcard hunt. The Cowboys have the best record in football and have a two game lead in the NFC East.

Can anyone stop Dem Boys?

Thanksgiving Day’s victory over the Redskins gave the Cowboys their 10th straight victory this season — the longest single-season win streak in franchise history. They have scored at least 27 points in a franchise-record seven straight games. Das Prescott has a 100+ passer rating in nine games this year and has thrown 145 passes without an interception. Rookie Ezekiel Elliot has 1,199 yards on 243 attempts and 11 touchdowns on the ground as well as 24 catches for 303 yards and 1 receiving touchdown. But the real star in Dallas is their offense line. Dallas has spent three of the last four year’s first-round picks on the offensive line and it is paying off. Elliot is running through massive holes and Prescott has five receiving targets at will. This year’s Pro Bowl could see the entire position group nominated. The defensive side of the ball doesn’t scare anyone, but they have done enough to help the team sit atop the NFL at 10-1.

Purple Reign

Minnesota boasts one of the leagues best defenses. They rank third in the NFL allowing just 307 yards per game, allow a second best 17.5 points per game, have the third most takeaways with 20 (12 INTs, 8 FUM), and have held opposing quarterbacks to a 73.4 passer rating. Good defense and special teams play has kept the Vikings competitive this season. The Vikings lost starter’s Teddy Bridgwater and Adrian Peterson early in the year and had to adapt by trading for Sam Bradford and using a RBBC of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. The mid-season resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner has seen the offense shift to a west coast style offense that has featured Stefon Diggs as the primary playmaker. The Vikings are no strangers to adapting and overcoming adversity and they will have more of the same Thursday night. The team may be without head coach Mike Zimmer due to an emergency eye surgery performed on Wednesday. The Vikings are a tough team and they will need to dig deep if they hope to beat a very good Dallas team in primetime.

Injury report

Stefon Diggs (WR-MIN)- Questionable (knee)

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