The Minnesota Vikings don’t know if they will face Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 8.
Week 8 has arrived and the Minnesota Vikings are faced with the spooky task of taking on the Dallas Cowboys on Halloween night. The Sunday Night Football matchup will be a hard-fought game and one that should be very entertaining for viewers.
Both Minnesota and Dallas are good teams that were in the playoff picture heading into Week 8 of the season. They both could use every available player who could make an impact on the game to be available.
Here are the players designated with injury statuses according to the official website of the Vikings:
- Michael Pierce, DT – elbow/shoulder
- Patrick Jones II, DE – knee
- Dede Westbrook, WR – ankle
Michael Pierce will miss his third straight game on Halloween and there haven’t been many good rumblings about his situation getting better. However, Armon Watts has done a good job of filling in for Pierce and should be able to hold his own against Dallas.
Since Stephen Weatherly was traded, having Patrick Jones II doubtful is a little bit of a blow. Thankfully, the Vikings have a lot of talented young pass rushers who can fill in if needed and should be able to get some results.
As the team’s primary punt returner, Dede Westbrook has a role in Minnesota’s special teams but hasn’t been too involved in the offense. Still, if he can’t go, that means the Vikings may have to put TE Chris Herndon on the field or look to either Ihmir Smith-Marsette or Dan Chisena if they want to go five wide.
Tight end Ben Ellefson isn’t on the list anymore because he was placed on injured reserve.
- Dorance Armstrong, DE – ankle
- Dak Prescott, QB – calf
- Tyron Smith, OT – ankle
The good news for Dallas is that they have nobody ruled out or doubtful heading into this game. The bad news is that two of their most important players on offense are a bit banged up at the moment.
Dak Prescott will likely know sometimes on Saturday if he will play on Sunday Night Football. If he can’t, backup Cooper Rush will likely get the nod in his place.
On the other hand, Tyron Smith is the Cowboys’ starting left tackle and will be going up against a revitalized Everson Griffen if he is able to play. Griffen is known for having a huge motor and could present a problem for a banged-up Smith or a backup.
*No players were listed as out or doubtful for the Cowboys.
There are some players on the Minnesota Vikings roster who would make sense to be dealt to another team before the 2021 NFL trade deadline.
Which players will have the biggest impact on this game between the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys if they are unable to play? And what scares you the most about this Halloween night clash? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.