5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys – Week 8

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Cowboys will rush for at least 200 yards

A lot of the press will go toward Dak Prescott and the Dallas passing game, but the bigger threat for the Vikings may be on the ground.

Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard have formed a dynamic punch this season that’s fed off each other. The two backs complement each other in the same way that Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram did for the New Orleans Saints. While Eliott is the bruiser that can get the tough yards, Pollard is the more explosive option that can create big plays.

Both will be a problem for Minnesota on Sunday, who will likely be without nose tackle Michael Pierce. Although Zimmer downplayed the issue earlier this season, the Vikings rank fourth in the NFL, allowing 4.8 yards per carry.

If the Cowboys want, they can churn yards on the ground and keep the ball away from the Vikings’ offense. By slapping Mike Zimmer with his own playbook, it could force Minnesota’s hand when they do have the ball and create an opportunity for Dallas to take control of this game.