4 keys to victory for the Vikings vs. the Cowboys in Week 11

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What are some keys to victory for the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Cowboys?

The Minnesota Vikings have a golden chance to get themselves back to .500 against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11. Head coach Mike Zimmer has masterminded a sensational turnaround following their bye week which has coincided with a three-game winning run that has reignited hopes of a possible playoff berth with some winnable contests coming up on the schedule.

Dallas seems to be going in a completely different direction, but they aren’t out of the postseason picture just yet. This is thanks in no small part to their involvement in a dismal NFC East that is devoid of any real quality.

This might be seen as a trap game for the Vikings. However, Zimmer will be demanding his players remain focused and not undo all their hard work over the last few weeks against a team that has shown some improvement of late but is still performing way below what was expected before competitive action began.

Let’s take a look at some of the keys to victory for the Vikings as they go in search of a fourth straight success at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Key to Victory No. 1

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Generate consistent pressure

The once-vaunted Cowboys protection is a shell of its former self. They have suffered some devastating injuries along the way, but it’s evident that this is an area of the field that can be exploited by the Vikings.

Expect a big day from Ifeadi Odenigbo and plenty of creative blitz packages from Zimmer that are sure to cause confusion. Minnesota’s ability to get some consistent pressure in the backfield will be crucial and could cause quarterback Andy Dalton to make some individual errors during his first game back since contracting COVID-19.