The Dallas Cowboys will attempt to extend their winning streak to 11 games Thursday night against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Seven weeks ago, these were two of the best teams in the NFL, but while the Cowboys have continued to succeed, the Vikings are just trying to survive for a playoff spot.
Here’s a look at what’s been written nationally and in Dallas about the NFC showdown:
Will Brinson of CBS Sports expects the Vikings to topple the Cowboys: "They're underdogs at home on a fully rested week with a very desperate team that needs a win in a big spot. The Mike Zimmer eye surgery news isn't making me feel better about this pick, per se, but we're going with it anyway." Read more.
Tom Pelissero at USA Today considers if expanding the Vikings passing game with deeper looks will help spark the slumping Vikings: "But can the NFL’s most injury-ravaged protection unit really handle that assignment starting Thursday against a fast, hard-working Dallas Cowboys defense that’s done enough to back Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company during a 10-game winning streak?” Read more.
Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com wonders if Dallas due for an upset against a desperate Vikings team: "If Minnesota is to steal a win from Dallas, it will need to follow the big-play, boom-or-bust blueprint used by Pittsburgh and Washington, the only two teams that have given the Cowboys a run for their new money in the last four weeks." Read more.
Chris Burke at Sports Illustrated wrote that the Vikings will need to keep the Cowboys explosive offense off the field and make the most of their offensive possessions: "The Vikings seem to think they can be more aggressive Thursday, and are likely hopeful Stefon Diggs’ return from a knee injury will help spark that aggression." Read more.
Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote that the Cowboys are not concerned by ghosts of Decembers past: "The Cowboys have only two winning Decembers in Witten’s 14-year career – in 2012 they went 3-2 and in 2014 they went 4-0. Since the 1995 Super Bowl season, the Cowboys are 34-47 in December. But this season has a different feel to it for Witten and the Cowboys, and the thought is there won’t be any ghosts of December’s past wreaking havoc in what has been a memorable season to date." Read more.
While the Vikings offensive line continues to struggle each week, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News highlights what makes the Cowboys O-line so successful: "The O-line's physicality and execution form the identity of this 10-1 Cowboys team. It's what the Cowboys' brass envisioned when they invested three first-round draft picks in the offensive line, starting with selecting Smith ninth overall in 2011.” Read more.
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