5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys – Week 11
By Chris Schad
Minnesota will force three or more turnovers on Sunday
When it comes to the Cowboys, they are a team that has plenty of threats on paper. With the trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb stretching the field along with Ezekiel Elliott pounding the rock, this should be an offense that ranks toward the top of the league. But coming into Sunday’s game, they rank 11th in total yards but 22nd in total points.
How is this possible? Well, turnovers.
Dallas has been charitable with their offensive attack this season, coughing up the football 20 times. That number is the second-most in the NFL and it is fueled by Elliott, who leads all running backs with five fumbles this year.
Andy Dalton’s role as the Cowboys’ backup quarterback also hasn’t gone well with three interceptions and a lost fumble on 85 pass attempts.
The Vikings rank 19th with 11 takeaways on the season, but that should improve against a team that is -13 in turnover ratio. If this trend continues, Minnesota’s offense should be teed up on a short field to take advantage and have a higher than normal output this week.