3 reasons the Vikings will beat the Cowboys in Week 8

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
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The Vikings offensive line is much improved

Sure, there are still a few too many penalties for false starts or holding, but the Minnesota Vikings have been doing an excellent job of protecting quarterback Kirk Cousins and opening holes in the run game for Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison.

Cook is averaging 4.6 yards per carry while Mattison is behind him at 3.9 yards per rushing attempt. The team as a whole is tenth in yards per carry and tied for sixth in runs of 20 yards or more but have still only found the end zone on the ground twice this season.

According to Vikings PR on Twitter, the “Vikings offensive line has produced its lowest sack% (3.6%) of all time throughout the first six games of the season” by only allowing Cousins to be taken down nine times in that time span.

That protection has led to Cousins being fourth in the league in completion percentage, seventh in quarterback rating, and fifteenth in yards per pass play according to NFL.com. If they can keep the pocket clean for Kirk, this should be a high-scoring affair for Minnesota.

Do you think Halloween night will be a trick or a treat for the Minnesota Vikings? Will they be able to defeat the Dallas Cowboys or will they fail to get a win at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 8? Let us know your opinion in the comments.