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Cowboys vs. Vikings Money Line and O/U Betting for Week 13

Dallas Cowboys(10-1-0) @ Minnesota Vikings(6-5-0)

  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • When: December 1, 2016 8:25 pm EST
  • Spread: Cowboys –3.5 (-110) vs. Vikings +3.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Cowboys (-190) vs. Vikings (+165)
  • Over / Under: Over 43 (-110) vs. Under 43 (-110)

The Minnesota Vikings (6-5 ATS) host the Dallas Cowboys (9-2 ATS) on Thursday Night Football (TNF) in week 13. Minny started off the regular season with a 5-0 record, but since a week 6 bye, the Vikes are 1-5 SU. The Cowboys lost to the Giants in week 1 (20-19), but have gone on to win ten consecutive games.

Dallas were paying close to 40/1 odds in the preseason 2017 Super Bowl futures market at Bovada, but now you can only get 4/1 on the Cowboys winning it all. Dallas are a huge public betting team and I’m sure the bookies are starting to worry that they’ll be paying out millions if Dallas wins the Super Bowl.

How bad do the Vikings want their draft picks back now? Minnesota are still in the NFL playoffs race, but need to start winning quickly. It’s not that Sam Bradford has been playing poorly, but he was brought in as a game manager and once Adrian Peterson got injured, those plans were derailed.

Will the Cowboys rookie tandem continue shocking NFL handicappers?

Bet on Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 13At 9-2 ATS, the Cowboys have the best ATS record in the NFL and have been making bank for the public bettors that have tailed Dallas since week 1. However, a lot of sharps have been waiting for the rookies to come back down to earth.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have turned the Cowboys offense into one of the best and most explosive in the NFL. Dallas average 28.7 PPG (3rd), 157.3 RYPG (2nd) and 250.4 PYPG (16th) offensively.

Elliott already has 1199 rushing yards (11 TDs) from 243 carries and 303 receiving yards (1 TD) from 24 receptions. The best rookie season by a RB during the Super Bowl era belongs to Eric Dickerson in 1983 (390 carries for 1808 yards and 18 TDs + 51 receptions for 404 yards and 2 TDs). Elliott can beat those numbers still, but I doubt it, as the Cowboys will likely rest him a bit once they lock up the division.

The Cowboys defense has bent, but it hasn’t broken yet. Dallas only allow 19.4 PPG (7th) and 81.8 RYPG (3rd), but they rank 31st against the pass (280.4 PYPG). Bradford will be forced to step up and beat the secondary is the Vikings want to have any chance of pulling off the home upset.

Can the Vikings defense keep the score within striking distance?

Bet on the Minnesota Vikings Week 13Minnesota needs to rely on a strong defense to keep them in this game. The Vikes defense ranks 2nd in points against (17.5 PPG), 4th in passing yards allowed (206.8 PYPG) and 15th in rushing yards allowed (100.2 RYPG). I expect them to stack the box early and trust the secondary to make stops.

The Vikings are 4-1 at home this season – the lone loss was to Detroit (22-16). The Lions loss was in week 9, but Minny were back home in week 11 and defeated the Cardinals (30-24).

This game will play out one of two ways. Dallas will continue dominating on offense with the two rookies and will destroy an undermanned Vikings team or the Vikes defense will play exceptional and keep the score within striking distance. The tough part is predicting which way out of these two will prove true.

Since Peterson went down, the Vikings offense has been in shambles. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata are both sharing the RB duties and have both underwhelmed. McKinnon is averaging 3.0 YPA (1 rushing TD), while Asiata has averaged 3.2 YPA (5 rushing TDs). Both will struggle again this week.

Cowboys vs. Vikings week 13 NFL predictions

My best bet in the Cowboys vs. Vikings game is over 43 points. The Cowboys offense isn’t going to score 30+ points this week, but they won’t be completely shutdown either. Prescott and Elliott are both poised and rarely have made a mistake, even on the road. Minny are solid defensively, but have some holes.

What’ll happen when the Vikings are losing? They’ll need to start attacking the secondary more and that’s great news, as that’s the Cowboys weakness. Stefon Diggs should be back after missing Thursday’s game with a knee injury and Kyle Rudolph will dominate the middle of the field.

Want more action than just the O43 pick? The value on the Vikings money line is intriguing. Minnesota have been great at home and how long will the Cowboys remain undefeated on the road? This game will end within a TD and my score prediction is: Dallas 24 – Minnesota 31.

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