Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) and cornerback Darius Slay (30) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings at Cowboys: TV Schedule, Game Time, Point Spread, Preview


The 1-6 Minnesota Vikings visit the 4-4 Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, November 3. Kick-off is at 12 Noon CT from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be televised on Fox (find out which games are available in your area).

Point Spread: Dallas -10

Over/Under: 48

Injury Report:

Minnesota

Matt Asiata RB Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Rhett Ellison TE Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Greg Jennings WR Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Fred Evans DT Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Phil Loadholt T Illness Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Adrian Peterson RB Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice Probable
Blair Walsh K left Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable
Chris Cook CB Hip Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Kevin Williams DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
A.J. Jefferson CB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
Chad Greenway LB Wrist Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jamarca Sanford S Groin Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Rodney Smith WR Hip Full Participation in Practice Probable


Dallas

Miles Austin WR Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
DeMarcus Ware DE Thigh Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Morris Claiborne CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
George Selvie DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Brian Waters G Elbow Did Not Participate In Practice Out
J.J. Wilcox S Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
DeVonte Holloman LB Neck Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Marvin Austin DT Back Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Barry Church S Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Dwayne Harris WR Hip Full Participation in Practice Probable
Danny McCray S Hip Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
DeMarco Murray RB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jason Hatcher DT Neck Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Lance Dunbar RB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable


Preview

The Vikings travel to Dallas looking to stop a three game skid. Christian Ponder gets his second straight start at QB with Josh Freeman still not ready to assume the reins. Ponder was mediocre in last week’s crushing home loss to the Packers, despite big promises of a more relaxed and therefore effective performance. Adrian Peterson was once again mostly a non-factor.

The Vikings will have their hands full defensively with a Dallas Cowboys team that features dynamic and sometimes overly vocal receiver Dez Bryant. The secondary, already having a miserable year, will be further depleted with both Jamarca Sanford and Chris Cook lost to injury. Tony Romo will be looking to light up the scoreboard against a Vikings defense that is arguably the worst in the league vs. the pass.

The Cowboys themselves are not exactly great against the pass, ranking dead-last in yardage allowed through the air. Dallas has had their own injury problems in the defense but their pass rush has been effective and they are good at forcing turnovers. Christian Ponder may have a long day being chased by Dallas defenders unless his offensive line recovers from its recent pass blocking woes.

Minnesota must get Adrian Peterson going, but they must also establish a pass game early to keep Dallas off balance. A more aggressive game plan might help Christian Ponder gain confidence. The Dallas secondary can be exploited, but is the Vikings offense working well enough right now to take advantage? Can the Vikings’ pass rush get cranked up against Tony Romo and force the quarterback to make mistakes?

Prediction: Dallas 42, Minnesota 24

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