The Minnesota Vikings are facing a team that has lost their last four games.
Before the start of the 2020 season, the Week 11 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys was viewed by many as one of the toughest games on the schedule for the Minnesota Vikings.
With the game now days away, a close contest between the Vikings and Cowboys would actually be a surprise. Winners of their last three games, Minnesota will be hosting a Dallas team that has only come away with one victory in their last seven matchups.
Currently, FanDuel has the Vikings favored by seven points over the Cowboys. With Mike Zimmer as their head coach since 2014, Minnesota is 10-1 during home games in which they are favored to beat their opponents by seven points or more.
What can the Minnesota Vikings expect from the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday?
If Dak Prescott was still Dallas’ starting quarterback heading into this weekend, then the Vikings might actually have something to fear in their Week 11 opponent.
But without Prescott in the lineup during their last four games, the Cowboys have been one of the worst teams in the entire NFL. NFL Spin Zone’s Randy Gurzi recently hopped on The Viking Age Podcast with me to talk about the struggles Dallas has been experiencing this season and if they have any shot at beating Minnesota on Sunday.
After Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury in Week 5, the Cowboys have averaged just over 10 points in each of their last four matchups. Dallas was a little more successful on offense during their last game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with Garrett Gilbert as their starting quarterback. But it sounds like the Cowboys are going to roll with Andy Dalton as their starting signal-caller on Sunday in Minnesota.
The last time Dalton faced a Vikings team with Zimmer as the team’s head coach was back in 2017 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Minnesota ended defeating the Bengals by a score of 34-7 and in that matchup and Dalton finished the afternoon with 113 passing yards, two interceptions, and an ugly 27.3 passer rating.